Rypien on Moose clear-day list
KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
There was no other wheeling and dealing for the Manitoba Moose as the American Hockey League roster freeze came to pass on Monday.
But as the list was released Tuesday morning, there was an interesting development. Forward Rick Rypien was among those on the in-residence players who can be used when the Moose find themselves in an emergency situation — as they do now with any combination of three or more players out of the lineup due to injury, recall or suspension.
Rypien, who has spent the bulk of the past four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, was limited to only nine games this year and has been away from the team for “personal reasons.”
The feisty forward from Coleman, Alta. has apparently dealt with those issues and he’ll begin his comeback with the Moose, the team that signed him out of junior hockey back in 2004-05.
Rypien will be available to the media on Tuesday afternoon.
The Moose clear-day list includes goalies Eddie Lack and Tyler Weiman, defencemen Travis Ramsey, Nolan Baumgartner (injured), Kevin Connauton, Ryan Parent (injured), Mark Flood, Chris Tanev (on recall to Canucks) and Yann Sauve and forwards Jordan Schroeder, Cody Hodgson, Jason Jaffray (injured), Aaron Volpatti, Marco Rosa (injured), Victor Oreskovich (on recall to Canucks), Joel Perrault, Guillaume Desbiens, Bill Sweatt, Garth Murray, Alexandre Bolduc, Sergei Shirokov and Mario Bliznak.
Players joining Rypien on the in-residence list are defencemen Keith Seabrook, who was acquired on loan from the Calgary Flames, Ryan McGinnis and Geoff Waugh and forwards Shawn Weller, Kevin Clark, Tommy Maxwell and Stefan Schneider (injured).
The Moose continue a seven-game swing against West Division opponents on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Barons.