Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 03/03/07 at 01:35 PM ET
The game wasn't three minutes old when Canucks winger Alex Burrows rattled defenceman Nick Boynton with a heavy end-boards check. He responded by punching Burrows and then Cowan and Josh Gratton fought. Four minutes later, Burrows was levelled by a heavy check by Keith Ballard before winger Josh Green awkwardly collided with the Coyotes defenceman. Green suffered a second-degree right knee sprain while the Coyotes lost winger Owen Nolan to a second-period shoulder injury. "He [Ballard] kind of submarined me a bit and it was kind of a dangerous play and nothing good can come out of that," said Green, who will be sidelined four to six weeks.So who's coming up from the Manitoba Moose to replace him? So far no transactions have been filed with the AHL returning anybody to the Canucks.
Coincidentally, the Manitoba Moose hit its deadline for roster changes Friday, and is now limited to 20 skaters and 2 goalies. GM Craig Heisinger and his team are still in the hunt for a North Division title, and given the depth they feel they have on the Moose, there were some difficult cuts made to the team. The most notable omission from the roster being Tyler Bouck:
Heisinger concedes that all the decisions were tough, but leaving hard-working veteran Tyler Bouck off the list must have really stung. Bouck, who remains on the sidelines after fracturing his shoulder and battling through a staph infection, had been hoping to return to action before the playoffs.
He still could, if the Moose are in an emergency situation due to injuries or recall. Bouck essentially lost his clear-day roster spot when the parent Vancouver Canucks assigned centre Marc Chouinard to Manitoba earlier this week.
As for Chouinard, he now finds himself back in the same city in which he started his career in 1995, when he attended training camp for the Winnipeg Jets.
“I was here for about three weeks of camp that September,” said Chouinard, who was a second-round (32nd overall) pick of the Jets in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft and was involved in the memorable trade in February of 1996 that saw Teemu Selanne dealt to the Anaheim Ducks. “A lot of things have happened. In ‘96, I was a throw-in in that trade. I’m a little more mature and experienced but I’m the same guy I was back then. When I got to the airport (Thursday) I thought ‘12 years ago I was here.’ Time flies and it’s kind of ironic that I’ve come full circle.”
Chouinard appears optimistic about the opportunity to get some ice time, anyway.
Given how player movement in Manitoba is likely to affect the Canucks as well, here’s a quick run-down of how call-ups back to the Moose work:
Clubs can use any combination of defencemen and forwards they like, and injured players are actually more valuable to a club at this time of year. A combination of three injuries or call-ups on the clear day list puts the club in an emergency situation, which makes the entire hockey team available to a coach when he’s penciling his line-up that night.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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