Canuck callup expected with Sedin injury

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

If his phone hasn't been ringing off the hook already, Scott Arniel should brace for a call from the parent Vancouver Canucks this morning.

You can expect the Canucks to be placing an order for another forward after the Canucks found out yesterday that Daniel Sedin is expected to be out four-to-six weeks with a broken foot.

Fortunately for the Moose, the Canucks don't play again until Friday, so the roster might not be affected until after Manitoba finishes up a six-game homestand against the Abbotsford Heat on Wednesday.

Guillaume Desbiens was recalled on Saturday and made his NHL debut last night against the Dallas Stars, starting on the third line with Kyle Wellwood and Tanner Glass.

But with Sedin expected to be placed on long-term injury reserve, the Canucks are carrying only 12 healthy forwards and likely to recall another winger from the Moose.

Based on how they played during the weekend in a sweep over the Chicago Wolves, Michael Grabner (three goals) and Sergei Shirokov (one goal, two assists) are the most likely candidates to be summoned by the parent club.

Speaking of injuries, the Moose are expected to provide an update this morning on the status of defencemen Lawrence Nycholat and Brian Salcido.

Nycholat was hit from behind by Wolves forward Brett Sterling midway through the third period on Saturday, while Salcido was hurt after he was checked legally by a Wolves forward in the second period.

"(Salcido) was on one foot trying to pass cross-ice, a kid hit him and he was kind of in that no-man's land about two feet from the boards," said Arniel. "He came down and his upper back and his head hit the boards. He was just far enough away where he couldn't get his shoulders up against the glass. He fell right back on his head.

"That was a hockey play and the other one (on Nycholat) wasn't."

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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