NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA Special Counsel Steve Fehr spoke for the first time since last Tuesday and it is rumoured the two sides will meet as early as Boxing Day to resume negotiations.
If both sides manage to hammer out a deal to salvage a 2013 season, teams will have a short training camp before the season resumes. Zack Kassian, Chris Tanev, and Andrew Ebbett are all playing with the Chicago Wolves and considered “givens” to be recalled for training camp, but what about Jordan Schroeder?
Add him to the list.
Expect another invite to be sent Jordan Schroeder’s way. The centre has had a better season than his 15 points in 24 games suggest, even though he was a healthy scratch two weeks ago. Maybe he can’t book his trip the minute he hears about a deal, but it would be shocking if he wasn’t in Vancouver, especially with Ryan Kesler’s uncertain status as he tries to come back from shoulder and wrist surgeries.
“I’m assuming he’ll be there with our lack of depth at centre, and the last week he’s played really well,” Canucks assistant general manager Lorne Henning said of Schroeder.
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Barring any trades, the Canucks have at least one centre position to fill if we work under the assumption Maxim Lapierre will centre the third line, Manny Malhotra on the fourth, and Ryan Kesler will still be out after offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries.
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