Apr 22, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Frank Corrado (26) reacts during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Corrado to Play in Playoffs, Chris Tanev Will Not for Game 1

The Vancouver Canucks will have rookie defenceman Frank Corrado in the lineup, but won’t have Chris Tanev when they start the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs next Tuesday or Wednesday.

“He’s [Corrado] going to play in the playoffs,” Canucks associate coach Rick Bowness revealed when making an appearance on the TEAM 1040.

Tanev, on the other hand, will not be ready for Game 1. Bowness says he is “very, very, very doubtful.”

At practice on Friday, Corrado was paired with Andrew Alberts and it looks like the two will be the team’s third pairing when the playoffs start—or at the very least Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

The top-three forward lines remained the same and winger Tom Sestito replaced defenceman Keith Ballard on the fourth line. Ballard returned to defence and paired with Derek Joslin.

Since Corrado was 19 years old before December 31 this season and on an entry-level contract, he can play in three more games (regular season or playoffs) before the first year of his contract is burned.

There are no implications from this aside from having to give the player a raise quicker. Corrado is not headed to unrestricted free agency any quicker by burning a year of his entry-level contract either.

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