On Friday morning, the Vancouver Canucks recalled Sven Baertschi from the Utica Comets, likely replacing the injured Micheal Ferland.
Dhaliwal added that Baertschi may not play tonight because of a flight delay, while Micheal Ferland is heading back to Vancouver to have an injury examined. He left Monday’s tilt against the Los Angeles Kings, which head coach Travis Green claimed was an upper body injury.
The 27-year-old Baertschi is tied with Nikolay Goldobin for second in Comets scoring with 10 points. Baertschi hasn’t played a game for the Canucks yet this season, having been assigned to Utica after going unclaimed through waivers.
News of Baertschi getting waived didn’t sit well with fans, as you could see on Twitter. But the team was facing a logjam at forward, and general manager Jim Benning knew throughout the offseason that he’d have to make some difficult roster decisions.
Baertschi had recorded at least 14 goals in three of the last four seasons for the Canucks, despite being extremely prone to injury. He had nine goals and 14 points in 26 games for the team last season.
If Baertschi can perform like his old self with Vancouver here, then Benning and Green may decide to keep him here for the remainder of the season. Loui Eriksson has been a frequent healthy scratch, while Adam Gaudette has been unable to lock down a full-time roster spot.
The chance could be there for Baertschi. Of course, it could depend on how serious Ferland’s injury is, and how long he could be out of action for. The Canucks can only hope that their offseason free agent signing will be back before long.
After visiting Anaheim today, Vancouver will finish up its California road trip with a Saturday night showdown with the San Jose Sharks. If Baertschi can’t make it for Friday’s game, he’ll at least be back in the lineup for Saturday.