SCHNEIDER OUT AND SHIROKOV IN
Mathieu Schneider, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, has been placed on long-term injury reserve. 40-year-old Schneider will miss the first ten games of the season.
Sergei Shirokov, who injured his knee last Friday against the San Jose Sharks, is expected to suit up Saturday night in Calgary. After a few days of skating alone, Shirokov took to the ice today for practice at UBC skating alongside Mikael Samuelsson and Ryan Kesler.
“It’s unfortunate [Shirokov] got injured but he rehabbed well,” said Head coach Alain Vigneault “I thought he looked alright this morning. He says he’s ready to go.”
CANUCKS CUT ONE
After making nine cuts to the roster Thursday, the Canucks release one more player before heading to Alberta for the final two preseason games.
The club announced today that they released Mark Parrish, who dressed in four games for the Canucks, registering two assists.
The 32 year-old, Bloomington, Minnesota native joined the Canucks during training camp. The NHL veteran spent last season with Dallas Stars and four other NHL teams (Panther, Islanders, Kings, Wild) through his 10-year career.
TRYING TO FIND THEIR GAME
Nineteen- year-old Cody Hodgson is also expected to play on Saturday against the Flames and Sunday against Edmonton. Coming off a back injury, Hodgson has been struggling to find his game this pre-season.
“These next two games are critically important,” said Hodgson. “I know that going in. I know I can play better than I have before. I need to fit into any role depending on what line I’m playing with…because if I want to play with this team I [have] to be pretty versatile.”
“This is the National Hockey League,” said Vigneault. “It’s challenging. It’s very demanding for players that just come the American League to take to the next step. Imagine when you’re coming from juniors. Cody has been working extremely hard to try and find his game. We still have some time here before we make the final decisions. He’s got a couple more games and we’ll see what happens.”
Michael Grabner is also slated to play this weekend.
“I’ll hopefully get one game in,” said 21- year-old Grabner. Grabner, who collected an assist last night off Matt Pope’s goal, is hoping to build on this momentum.
“It’s really frustrating,” Grabner explained. “I know what I can do and I haven’t shown it yet. I [have] to pick it up in the next game. I’m still young and still working on my game. If I get sent down [to the Manitoba Moose] I’ll try to play as good as I can to be the first call up.”
“It’s unfortunate but if [players] can’t play and show what they can do, you have to make decisions on what you can see,” said Vigneault.
The Canucks revisit Division rivals the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Calgary is looking to avenge a 5-4 loss Monday night in Vancouver. The Canucks are coming off their first pre-season loss, yesterday night against the Ducks. Pucks drops at 6 PST.