Canucks cut 11 players

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks cut 11 players, who are now off to Winnipeg to play for the Manitoba Moose.

The newest member of the Canucks' Winnipeg-based American Hockey League affiliate is goaltender Corey Schneider. The Boston College product and 2004 first round draftee signed his first pro contract in July. He'll battle for the starting spot with Moose veteran Drew MacIntyre.

Also taking the jet to Winnipeg are: Defencemen Zack Fitzgerald, Maxime Fortunus, Shaun Heshka and Jim Sharow and forwards Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Juraj Simek, Jozef Balej, Greg Classen and Brad Moran.

Balej's, Classen's and Moran's assignments rely on waiver clearance.

The demotions mean the Canucks have 32 players on the roster. The injury-riddled club hosts the San Jose Sharks tonight in the last home exhibition game (7 p.m. Team 1040).

The Sharks beat the Canucks 3-1 on Saturday in San Jose before Vancouver's 5-0 loss in Anaheim to the Ducks on Sunday.

San Jose also visits for the Oct. 5 season opener.

Meanwhile, if another reason against larger nets in the NHL was ever needed for Canuck fans, consider this: Premier puckstopper Roberto Luongo said in an interview yesterday that he would quit the NHL if the league ever introduced larger nets.


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