Shuffling the Deck

It’s probably not a surprise that the Canucks made a couple of roster moves yesterday and shuffled their lineup in advance of tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.

After attending training camp on a tryout basis and then beating the odds and making the team’s opening night lineup, Peter Schaefer was placed on waivers yesterday. This morning, the Canucks assigned him to the Manitoba Moose though CKNW is reporting that he may simply retire rather than go to Winnipeg.

In the meantime, Jeff Tambellini, who was starting to hit his stride with the Sedins before the numbers game and waiver rules forced the Canucks to send him to Manitoba, has been recalled. In 7 games with the Moose, he has 7 points (5 goals – 2 assists).

The Canucks are also shuffling their forward lines to hopefully inject some life into what has been a brutal stretch of listless games. Burrows will re-join the Sedins, Tambellini will join Kesler and Raymond, Samuelsson has been demoted to the third line with Malhotra and Torres, and Hansen has been placed on the fourth line with Perrault and Glass.

Perhaps more disappointing than the Canucks’ 4-game losing streak itself is how, overall, they’ve played for two weeks now. When the Canucks had their 6-game winning streak, they were tough to play against. In the last two weeks, they’ve played softer than Kyle Wellwood on a pizza diet.

I think it’s safe to say that, a quarter of the way into the season, we’ve seen the best and the worst of the Canucks.

Is it time to panic?

Maybe not. As Tony Gallagher pointed out this morning, we’ve seen this story before.

Maybe these latest moves up front, along with Vigneault’s (long due) decision to stick with the same defensive pairings for a while and let them build chemistry, will serve as a wake-up call.

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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