Canucks make moves just to save cap money

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Josh Green and Rob McVicar are piling up frequent-flier miles to save the Vancouver Canucks salary-cap space.

The Canucks called up Green, a forward with nine years of NHL experience, and McVicar, a rookie goalie, from the Manitoba Moose
of the American Hockey League on Wednesday morning. Both dressed
against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night -- McVicar as a backup
to Alex Auld while No. 1 goalie Dan Cloutier recovers from a
concussion and Green in place of injured forward Matt Cooke.

They were then sent back down to Manitoba on Thursday morning, but both will be called up again in time for Friday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Green and McVicar had to physically report to Winnipeg -- a 2-hour, 45-minute flight covering 1,161 miles -- even though the Moose were playing in Texas and both knew they were coming right back to play for the Canucks.

"They get the frequent-flier points," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said.

And the Canucks get a break on the salary cap. By sending Green and McVicar down Thursday, Vancouver doesn't have to count their NHL salaries for that day against the $39 million cap, a number the
team was already flirting with.

With 187 days on the NHL calendar and Green and McVicar making
$950,000 combined, that saves the Canucks almost $5,100 a day
against the NHL's new salary cap -- money they can use to sign a
player later in the season.

"It's unfortunate that you've got to do these things, but
that's what we have to do with this cap situation this year and
make sure we leave enough room to have people here as we go on,"
Crawford said.