Dec 172009

According to Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun), there’s good news on the Canucks injury front.

First, on Alex Edler:

“Eddie has gone from week-to-week to day-to-day but obviously not tomorrow,” Vigneault said after preparing his skaters for Friday’s date with the soaring Washington Capitals.

Edler hurt his left shoulder Dec. 8 in Nashville when checked into the sideboards by Shea Weber. The hard-shooting Swede has been skating for five days so his conditioning is not an issue. He’s just concerned about the shoulder’s ability to withstand body contact.

Second, on Michael Grabner:

Meanwhile, rookie Michael Grabner is also close to returning, although he’ll likely start in Manitoba with the Moose. Grabner broke his right ankle Nov. 1 in a bizarre pre-game soccer warmup in the hallways of GM Place. At the time, he was on a call-up to replace the injured Daniel Sedin.

Grabner thinks he is close to 100 per cent. He practised fully with the team on Thursday.

Practices will soon become a lot lonelier for Pavol Demitra.

Also, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) is reporting that Aaron Rome may replace Mathieu Schneider in the lineup tomorrow night. (Hat tip to Nucks Misconduct.)

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