Sami Salo has been taken off long-term injury reserve and sent down to the Manitoba Moose for a conditioning assignment, per a Vancouver Canucks press release.
According to a tweet from capgeek, “Sami Salo, while on conditioning assignment, will continue to count against Canucks cap. But they still get LTIR relief for him.”
The salary cap is still a big question. As good as this Canucks team is, they are right up to the ceiling with pennies to spare. Having Alex Edler sent to LTIR cleared a little bit of breathing room, but that looks like it will be filled in a couple of weeks by Salo.
From a hockey perspective, this would be a welcome addition with Canuck defensive injuries piling up. Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts will probably return before Salo does, but Edler’s injury created a hole on the point on the powerplay where Mikael Samuelsson has been given minutes. Salo has that big shot and had 6 points in last year’s playoffs in 12 games.
The other question is whether or not Salo can stay healthy. Salo has missed just under a third (32.6%) of Canuck games since the lockout and has missed 80 games in the last two seasons.