Canucks turn to Moose

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

WINNIPEG - On the surface, it looks like a simple game of musical chairs but the Manitoba Moose could be left with an open seat after a transaction made by the parent Vancouver Canucks.

The only official move on Tuesday saw the Canucks place forward Peter Schaefer on waivers and he has until 11 a.m. to clear.

At that point, Schaefer (who came to Canucks' training camp on a tryout offer and earned a two-way contract after sitting out all of last season) will be assigned to the American Hockey League but not likely to the Moose, who play a pair of games in B.C. against the Abbotsford Heat on Friday and Saturday.

The Canucks already have forward Andrew Peters and defenceman Nathan Paetsch on loan to other AHL teams and Schaefer is expected to fall into that same category.

Schaefer's subsequent departure, either on loan or via waivers, opens the door for veteran forward Jeff Tambellini to be officially recalled by the Canucks.

Tambellini has been red-hot of late, posting five goals and seven points in seven games with the Moose and finding great chemistry with 2009first rounder Jordan Schroeder.

The Canucks are struggling to score and are giving Tambellini another chance to show he can produce at the next level.

Word out of Vancouver has Tambellini pegged for a promotion to the second line with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond, based on how line combinations were trotted out Tuesday.

That's obviously subject to change, but it appears Tambellini is walking into a good situation.


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