Doig signs with Canucks, sticks with Moose

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:18 PM ET

The waiting game is over for Jason Doig.

Doig, who recently played his fifth game with the Manitoba Moose, settled his contract situation yesterday by signing a two-way deal with the parent Vancouver Canucks.

The second round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1995 signed a 25-game professional tryout offer with the Moose earlier this month, with the understanding his status would be revisited after five games.

After those five games and a couple days of discussions between Doig's agent, Pat Brisson, and Canucks assistant general manager Steve Tambellini, an agreement was reached.

"I just wanted to know where I was going to be," said Doig, who had considered signing in Germany, Finland or Switzerland. "There were a bunch of teams out there (in Europe) that were interested, but this is the option I chose. All in all, it's a good situation. This gives me a chance to get back playing and show what I can do."

Doig, 28, attended Canucks training camp without a contract and was seeking a one-way NHL deal but a shoulder injury limited him to one pre-season game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Since joining the Moose, Doig has been a valuable member of the injury-riddled defence corps, eating up major minutes and playing in all situations.

"I feel as confident as I ever have out there," said Doig, who has six goals and 24 points in 158 career NHL games. "The only thing that's tricky is that I haven't been used to playing on the power play for a long time. I kind of shut down that part of my brain almost. It's not what teams at the NHL level ask me to do. But it's fun. I'm going to roll with it and try to develop my game. Vancouver likes their defence to be pretty well rounded on a two-way basis."

SKINNER IS IN: Brandon product Brett Skinner told Moose head coach Alain Vigneault after yesterday's practice that he is ready to return to the blue-line tonight against the Cleveland Barons.

Skinner had two assists in four AHL games before spraining his left knee against the Milwaukee Admirals on Oct. 14.

BACK ON SHELF: The news was not as good for fellow defenceman Pretin Ryan, who suffered a setback while skating yesterday morning before the Moose practiced.

Ryan, who sustained a concussion on Oct. 14, skated with the Moose on Tuesday but didn't take part in contact drills.

He is now unavailable for the games against the Barons.


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