Goren impresses Canucks

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

As far as impressions go, Lee Goren did his best to leave a lasting one.

Goren, a Winnipegger who starred for the Manitoba Moose last season, had a goal and an assist in his Vancouver Canucks debut on Wednesday night, a 5-4 shootout loss to the host Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Sure it was only an exhibition game, but it was a good start nonetheless for Goren, who skated alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

"They were my only linemates all night," said Goren, who had 32 goals and 62 points in 79 games with the Moose last season. "Everything went well."

The opportunity to play on the line came about when free agent signing Anson Carter came down with a groin injury and Goren made it count.

Goren, Nathan Smith and Josh Green, who also had a goal on Wednesday, were among those to draw praise from Canucks head coach Marc Crawford during his post-game scrum with the media in Edmonton.

"Marc told me the day before the game that I was going to be playing with the twins on the power play and that was exciting enough," said Goren, noting training camp has gone well to date. "So far it's been good. I've been doing all the things that allow me to have success, putting the puck in the corner, grind it out and take pucks to the net, all of those little things."

Rule changes

Goren said the most recent crackdown on penalties and rule changes to open up the game were on display on Wednesday.

"The rules are good for the game, as long as they are upkept and the referees continue to call everything they are saying they are going to call," said Goren. "It increases scoring chances and the speed of the play and it allows the skilled guys to show off their skills, which is a fun thing."

Since energy forward Matt Cooke ended his holdout and signed a three-year deal earlier this week, open spots up front with the Canucks are scarce but Goren isn't letting that get him down.

"Hopefully I can continue to do things to give myself chances to get in the lineup and from there, to make the decision hard on the coaching staff and help this hockey club," said Goren.

The Canucks reduced their training camp roster by 10 players yesterday, sending goalie Julien Ellis back to Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and assigning the remaining nine to the Moose.

Goalies Wade Flaherty and Rob McVicar, defencemen Nathan McIver, Gustav Engman and James Demone (drafted by the Canucks during CBC's reality series Making the Cut) and forwards Mike Brown, Ryan Gibbons, F.P. Guenette and Jimmy Roy will report to Moose camp on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Canucks face the San Jose Sharks at GM Place tonight and Randy Carlyle's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim tomorrow night as their seven-game exhibition schedule continues.

MOOSE TRACKS: Canucks GM Dave Nonis told the Vancouver Sun that serious consideration will be given to carrying 21 players on the roster since the team is inching close to the salary cap ceiling.


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