Josh Green sticking around Vancouver

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- He's been up and down this season more times than a toilet seat in a public washroom, but Josh Green is exactly where he wants to be now - with the Vancouver Canucks in the playoff stretch drive.

Green has been demoted to the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver's AHL farm team, and recalled a total of 13 times this season - mostly because of salary cap issues - but he's stuck with the big team since March 17.

"I lost count a little while ago," Green laughed, asked about all his shuttling between Vancouver and Winnipeg.

"There was a couple of times, when we were playing every other day, that I was going back to Winnipeg, just so I was reporting to the minors even if the team wasn't there."

Green, 28, a native of Camrose who used to toil with the Edmonton Oilers, has taken the frequent trips to the minors in stride, bouncing back and forth and making himself a handy utility forward to have around on Marc Crawford's fourth line.

"It's been difficult being up and down all year, but to be here at the end of things and coming down the stretch is nice," Green said.

"The good thing is I've been playing, too.

"The team was pretty honest with me, letting me know it was a money thing. They say, 'Just go down and be ready to come back right away.'

"It was tough going down but nice of them to give me the heads-up and be honest with me."

Sticking with it is nothing new to Green. The big left winger played with Manitoba during the lockout as a free agent without any guarantee of an NHL contract when the dispute ended.

He started with the Moose on a professional tryout, then signed an AHL deal worth $65,000 later in the season before the Canucks inked him to a pact worth $500,000 for this season.

"That was the reason I stuck around North America instead of going to Europe," he said.

"It was a good year for me just for the fact that I was able to stay in one place for the whole year, build some roots with an organization and know that I wasn't going anywhere.

"I was on a PTO (professional try out) until the NHL season was cancelled, then I got the AHL deal. I got the chance to show I could contribute and it worked out for me."


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