Canucks call up Hodgson

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Moose and Vancouver Canucks made a player swap on Monday.

The Moose got defenceman Evan Oberg back to shore up their depleted blue-line, but they lost talented rookie forward Cody Hodgson to the big club.

Hodgson appeared in five games for the Canucks earlier this month and scored his first NHL goal. He had two goals in six games with the Moose after being returned to the farm.

According to reports out of Vancouver, the Canucks are still searching for a fourth-line centre leading up to next week’s trade deadline and Hodgson is a candidate.

“He understands the direction that he’s trying to get better as a player from his last trip up there, where he had some decent success and scored a goal,” Moose head coach Claude Noel said.

“He played pretty well last time, so it’ll be interesting to see how this will go. They’re going to take a little peek at him and see where they’re at.”

Oberg appeared in two games for the Canucks, the third and fourth of his NHL career, and averaged about 10 minutes of ice time.

The Moose kick off their road trip on Wednesday night in Rochester against the Americans.

INJURY UPDATE: There’s a chance three key veterans currently out of the lineup won’t be back until the Moose play their next home game on March 15. Captain Nolan Baumgartner (upper body) is the closest to getting back on the ice, but he’s still at least two weeks away, according to Noel. Centres Marco Rosa (knee) and Joel Perrault (ankle) are expected to be out at least another three weeks, Noel said.

MAJOR MILESTONE: Former Moose defenceman Bryan Helmer played his 1,000th AHL game on Friday night for the Oklahoma City Barons. Helmer, who played in Winnipeg for the Moose between 2001 and 2003, is just the seventh player in league history to reach four digits. He is the AHL’s career leader among defencemen in games played, assists and points. He has also played more AHL playoff games (138) than anyone.


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