The Vancouver Canucks have made their final cuts and a 23-man roster has been determined.
Following Thursday’s scrimmage, forwards Andrew Gordon, Anton Rodin, Bill Sweatt, and Darren Archibald as well as defencemen Derek Joslin, Kevin Connauton, and Peter Andersson were re-assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Earlier in the day, goaltender Joe Cannata was sent down as well.
The final cut was made on Friday morning prior to the 11am deadline. Centre Jordan Schroeder was sent down despite having a strong showing in Thursday’s scrimmage.
In the scrimmage, Mason Raymond did all the scoring for Team Grey putting up three goals. Two of those were assisted by Schroeder who setup Raymond with two cheeky saucer passes—which made the cut a surprise.
Turns out the Canucks were not making decisions based on on-ice performance.
“There is not just the on-ice component that’s going to go into the decision,” Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was quoted saying in the Vancouver Sun. “There are (salary) cap dynamics.”
The situation sounds eerily similar to the one that Cody Hodgson faced in 2010-11 when salary cap constraints forced the centre to play most of the regular season with the Manitoba Moose. However, once the roster limits and salary cap were lifted, Hodgson was recalled and inserted into the lineup in the playoffs.
“If Jordan Schroeder doesn’t start with us, we fully anticipate him playing meaningful games for us very shortly,” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told the TEAM 1040 prior to the announcement.
Is Gillis hinting Schroeder will be called up for the playoffs? Or is he hinting at something else?
One possible scenario is the Canucks intend on waiving one of their waiver-eligible bubble players on Saturday morning to bring up Schroeder for Sunday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Placing a player on waivers may have been deemed too risky for the team to do prior to Friday’s 23-man roster deadline. Following the deadline, teams with rosters set may be less enticed to claim a player off waivers.
The roster submitted to the NHL on Friday has the Canucks carrying 12 forwards, nine defencemen, and two goaltenders. Jim Vandermeer made the team, but he may dress as a left winger for the team.
- Alexandre Burrows
- Andrew Ebbett
- Jannik Hansen
- Chris Higgins
- Zack Kassian
- Maxim Lapierre
- Manny Malhotra
- Mason Raymond
- Daniel Sedin
- Henrik Sedin
- Aaron Volpatti
- Dale Weise
- Andrew Alberts
- Keith Ballard
- Cam Barker
- Kevin Bieksa
- Alexander Edler
- Jason Garrison
- Dan Hamhuis
- Chris Tanev
- Jim Vandermeer