Canucks gutting farm club

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Defencemen Sven Butenschon and Tomas Mojzis might not be the only Manitoba Moose ticketed for the Vancouver Canucks.

Yes, backup goaltender Maxime Ouellet will officially join the NHL club in Calgary today (he remained in Manitoba an extra day to circumvent his lofty contract cap number), but that's not who we're talking about.

"We might lose two forwards also," Moose coach Alain Vigneault said after his club went through a spirited skate at the Canlan Ice Complex yesterday morning.

"The two Sedins (Daniel and Henrik) might be going back home for a celebration like the Czechs had (after they won the gold in 1998)."

The twins, of course, were a part of the Olympic gold-medal-winning Swedish hockey team that beat Finland 3-2 on Sunday. Celebrations were planned yesterday in Stockholm to honour the club, which also featured injured Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund, meaning the Sedins might not be available to Vancouver until tomorrow.

Possible Moose call-ups include Jesse Schultz, who leads Manitoba with 29 goals, and Josh Green -- though his is a little more delicate situation.

He's free to go up to the parent club and play, but if he does and the Canucks decide they want to send him back down, he's subject to the waiver wire.

If Vigneault was worried about the prospects of losing up to five players to Vancouver before the Moose game in Chicago tomorrow night (7 o'clock), he didn't show it yesterday.

"If that happens ... then we'll have some guys come up and get 'er done," he said. "That's part of the game."

Rearguard Prestin Ryan could also join the Canucks today should Nolan Baumgartner (foot) and Wade Brookbank (concussion) be unable to go.

WRATH OF KRAHN: Winkler's Brent Krahn was selected as the American Hockey League's player of the week yesterday.

The Omaha goaltender, Calgary's first choice (ninth overall) in the 2000 NHL entry draft, won all three of his starts last week, posting a 1.62 GAA and a .938 save percentage.

The Knights sit in fourth spot in the West Division, five points up on Iowa. Krahn, 23, is 18-15-6 with a 2.52 GAA this season.

RED HOT: Syracuse's Mark Hartigan is approaching legendary status as an AHL scorer.

The Crunch forward has scored at least a goal in 11 straight games.

Hartigan's run is the longest since Brad Smyth's 12-game stretch in 1995-96 when he played for the Carolina Monarchs.

Looking even further ahead, Hartigan is just three off the all-time league record of 14 set by a 22-year-old rookie who played for the Moncton Golden Flames in 1986-87.

Brett Hull was his name.


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