Saturday, April 2, 2011


The Vancouver Canucks just can’t catch a break on the blue line this season. But bad news on the injury front for the Canucks continues to be good news for former Saint John Sea Dogs defender Yann Sauve.

The Canucks recalled Sauve again yesterday and is listed on the team's line-up for tonight's game. The National Hockey League’s regular season champions face the Edmonton Oilers this evening at Rogers Arena.

“It’s always bad for a team to get an injury, but it’s a chance for me to be here and play some games,” said Sauve to the Vancouver Province. “It’s a boost of confidence every time you come here and get to play with those guys. You learn a lot from it.”

“My parents would be watching anyway, but I think it’s good for my little town of Rigaud (near Montreal) to see a guy from there playing on Hockey Night in Canada.”

Vancouver was forced to recall the 21-year old when Chris Tanev was hurt in Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.

The injuries continue to pile up for the Canucks as the playoffs get closer. From the team’s website:

Vancouver has also been hurting, with forwards Mikael Samuelsson (thigh) and Tanner Glass (ribs/abdominal) and defenseman Christopher Tanev (upper body) day-to-day. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis is out indefinitely with a concussion. Defensemen Alexander Edler (back), Lee Sweatt (foot) and Andrew Alberts (wrist) are on injured reserve. Forward Manny Malhotra had left eye surgery and is out for the season.
Sauve has played in three NHL games this season but did not pick up any points.

In 37 games with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, the first overall pick in the 2006 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft has three goals and nine assists.

Photo Credit: Winnipeg Free Press

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