Sunday, October 5, 2008

Canucks Trim Roster/Line-up vs Ducks

The Canucks now have 26 players on their active roster after a series of moves this weekend.

Forwards Jeff Cowan and Mike Brown have been placed on waivers for the purposes of being sent to the Manitoba Moose. Defenceman Nolan Baumgartner has gone straight to Winnipeg, but fellow blue-liner Nathan McIver didn't get there as he was scooped off the waiver wire by the Anaheim Ducks. He likely will make his debut in a Ducks uniform at GM Place tonight.

18 year-old forward Cody Hodgson is still with the team, but will not dress tonight. Rumour has it that the Canucks 1st round pick from this summer has signed an entry level contract, but nothing has been made official yet.

Other skaters not expected on the Canucks roster tonight are d-men Rob Davison and Lukas Krajicek and forwards Ryan Johnson and Matt Pettinger.

So with that, here's how the lines look for tonight's final pre-season game:

D.Sedin - H.Sedin - Bernier
Raymond - Demitra - Pyatt
Burrows - Kesler - Hansen
Hordichuk - Krog - Wellwood

Ohlund - Edler
Bieksa - Mitchell
Salo - Nycolet

Luongo (expected to play whole game)

Anaheim did not skate today, but they'll have many similar faces in the line-up as to what they had last Sunday when they hosted Vancouver. One new face that could be in action is Brendan Morrison, who did not play in their previous meeting. The former Canucks speedster has appeared in two pre-season games for the Ducks, collecting four assists.

Off to Swanguard Stadium now for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact USL First Division soccer playoff. Then it's straight to GM Place for what could be the seventh straight win by the Canucks. Can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday!!

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