Excited about call-ups

ADAM WAZNY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

Jason Jaffray isn't the only Moose player ready to be a part of their first NHL game tonight.

Goaltender Drew MacIntyre, easily Manitoba's most valuable player at this juncture, was also summoned by the parent Vancouver Canucks yesterday. Roberto Luongo is battling through a rib injury and when the Canucks star lifted himself from the warm-up before Monday's game with the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver brass figured they better bring in some insurance.

MacIntyre, 24, is in the middle of an outstanding season, holding a 11-4-1 record with a 2.28 GAA and a .926 save percentage. In 57 career games with the Moose, he has a 35-16-3 record, a 2.21 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

Moose coach Scott Arniel figures the remaining Moose players would be rooting for Jaffray and MacIntyre to do well if they get a chance to play.

"I think everybody would be pretty excited to see those two guys go," the coach said. "Anytime somebody goes and gets their first game, if it's a guy who's a veteran guy who's never had a chance before, that's a feel-good story. I'm sure it was a lot like when (forward Mike Brown) went up, everybody was so excited to see how he did, trying to catch the game on TV and I don't think this will be any different. I'm sure everybody will be running to somebody's house that has the game on to get a look."

The third Moose call-up was forward Mason Raymond. The 22-year-old has already appeared in nine games with the Canucks this season, showing one assist for his efforts.

BIG MOMENT: The Canucks face the Anaheim Ducks tonight, the San Jose Sharks tomorrow, and then travel to Edmonton Saturday night. The Oilers game will be on Hockey Night in Canada and Jaffray, an Olds, Alta.,-native, is already defecting questions about that one.

"I got buddies going, so they're excited," he said. "I'm trying to tell them, 'I don't know if I'm playing. For all I know, I could be back in Winnipeg before then.'"

REPLACEMENTS: Down two forwards and a goaltender, the Moose signed Milan Gajic to a professional tryout contract and recalled netminder Julien Ellis yesterday. Both had been skating with the Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL).

Gajic, 26, has 23 points in 16 games with Victoria and has seen time in the AHL this season. In four games with Houston, the centre picked up two assists. Last year, Gajic had five points in six games with the Moose.

Ellis is 9-2-0 with a 2.91 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 12 games. The 21-year-old saw action in eight games in Manitoba last season.


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