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Vancouver Canucks Recall Alexandre Grenier

The Vancouver Canucks announced this morning that they’ve recalled Utica Comets forward Alexandre Grenier.

The move comes a day after Nikolay Goldobin missed a contest with the New York Islanders due to the flu, pushing the already thin Canucks’ forwards corps to the brink and forcing Alex Biega into the mix as their 12th member. Exacerbating the situation last night, Brendan Gaunce went hard into the boards and immediately skated off the ice in the first period, though he returned for the second and finished the game.

This is the third time the Canucks have recalled Grenier. He’s skated with the team twice this season and has yet to register a point with just the one shot so far to his credit. Grenier, 25-years-old, leads the Comets in scoring this season with 48 points in 69 games.

The Canucks next game is Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. No word yet on whether Grenier will skate with the Canucks for that game, but I imagine we’ll get more clarity on his status in the coming day.

  • Harrison

    I’m disappointed that they recalled Grenier instead of LaBate. LaBate looked quite good in the games he’s played this season, while Grenier just looked passive and kind of lazy.

    • apr

      I agree, but at some point Grenier is going to have to prove that he belongs in the NHL. With the influx of forwards coming next year, Grenier could get lost in the shuffle. Labata has already shown indications that he can be a physical presence in the 4th line. Nucks need to know what they have in Grenier. The problem is however, WD will play Megna or Biega (as forward) over Grenier – so its all kind of moot.

    • Chris the Curmudgeon

      We weren’t watching the same games then because I thought Grenier looked really good in his two games with the big boys this year. And the limited sample size Corsi stats agree with me, as Grenier posted a 75% Corsi in his limited minutes while Labate’s was 38.2 (only Zalewski has been worse on the year among guys who played more than 1 minutes at ES). Labate has been willing to mix it up and scrap, sure, but Grenier actually looks like he’s trying to play hockey when he’s with the team.