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Canucks clear room for Daniel Sedin's return @NHL

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks have cleared room for the return of high-scoring forward Daniel Sedin by sending forward Matt Pettinger to their AHL affiliate.

The team announced the move Saturday. Vancouver next plays at home Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sedin has missed 18 games since his foot was broken by a teammate's shot in the fourth game of the season on Oct. 7. Sedin has led the Canucks in goals in each of the last three seasons.

Sedin will be re-united on the Canucks' top line with identical twin Henrik.

The Canucks waived Pettinger before sending him down to Manitoba in the AHL. Pettinger has played 420 career NHL games over seven seasons. He was signed as a free agent on Nov. 2. He had one goal and one assist in seven games.

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