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Canucks recall McVicar, Green from Manitoba

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks recalled rookie goaltender Rob McVicar and forward Josh Green from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Both players arrived in time for Wednesday night's game against
Minnesota.

Green takes the place of fellow left winger Matt Cooke, who had
surgery after his jaw was broken by an errant shot in practice
Tuesday.

Green, who has played in 232 NHL games during his nine-year
career, tied for the team lead with four goals and six assists in
nine games with Manitoba this season.

McVicar will back up Alex Auld, who takes over as the starter
for at least the next three games while No.1 goaltender Dan
Cloutier recovers after sustaining a concussion in a collision with
teammate Nolan Baumgartner on Saturday in Colorado.

McVicar has never played in the NHL but was called up ahead of
13-year NHL veteran Wade Flaherty, who has been impressive with a
4-2-0 record, two shutouts, a 1.74 goals-against average and a .943
save percentage in the AHL this season.

However, Flaherty would have been exposed on waivers under terms
of the NHL's new CBA because he makes more than $75,000 in the
minor leagues, and the Canucks would have been forced to pay half
his NHL salary if another team selected him.

Cloutier, who spent a night in a Colorado hospital, was
symptom-free after informal workouts the last two days and could be
back for Monday's game in Calgary.