The National Hockey League lockout has ended and here is what you need to know as a Vancouver Canucks fan:
» Forwards Zack Kassian, Andrew Ebbett, and Jordan Schroeder as well as defenceman Chris Tanev have been recalled from the Chicago Wolves for training camp. All four were scratched for Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Barons as a precaution.
» Defenceman Kevin Connauton will also be recalled, but did dress in the game since the Wolves are short on players and would not have had a full lineup if he sat out.
» No word of prospect Frank Corrado will get an invite to training camp. He tweeted that he was on the bus with his Sudbury Wolves teammates on Sunday night, but that tweet was later deleted. Ready into that if you wish.
» Goaltender Eddie Lack is still out with a groin injury and is unlikely to participate in training camp. He originally injured his groin on November 27 and was suppose to return to practice early last month, but that didn’t happen. Lack will be meeting with Canucks doctors soon to get evaluated.
» Ryan Kesler will not be ready for the start of the season, but has begun stickhandling. “Our goal is that he’s able to play the next 10 years, not the next 2 months,” Kesler’s agent Kurt Overhardt told TSN’s Farhan Lalji. “We are working with the club closely on his recovery and we’re all on the same page.”
» Aside from Kesler, the Canucks have no other injuries to report. Defencemen Jason Garrison and Alexander Edler, who battled groin and back issues respectively, were cleared to play last month meaning the team will have a healthy top-six for the season opener.
» Dale Weise did not dress for the Tilburg Trappers game against the Geleen Eaters and left the team after the game. He finished his time in the Dutch league with 22 goals and 48 points in 19 games—good enough for second overall in league scoring.
» Raymond has played in one game−and will likely be his only—with Örebro HK on Saturday. He had one goal and the team’s next game is not until January 9.
» The coaching staff will arrive Sunday night and will meet on Monday.
» The Canucks want to play two preseason games.
» The trade deadline will reportedly be on April 5.
» And a rare tweet from Canucks general manager Mike Gillis:
It’s great to be back. Thank you to all Canuck fans for your loyalty. We’ll see you soon.
— Mike Gillis (@GMMikeGillis) January 7, 2013
» Some other tweets:
Edmonton Oilers are guaranteed to be in playoff contention at the end of January for the first time in a long time.
— Robin Brownlee (@Robin_Brownlee) January 6, 2013
Dear #NHL, lets hug it out and be bros. I can’t stay mad at chew. ( accidentally touches NHL’s butt during hug…)
— Renee Young (@reneepaquette) January 6, 2013