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Canucks recall former first-rounder Schroeder

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After failing to make the Canucks out of training camp, Jordan Schroeder is getting a second chance.

That’s the word out of Vancouver on Tuesday as the Canucks recalled Schroeder — the 22nd overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft — from AHL Chicago.

To make room for Schroeder, the Canucks sent defenseman Jim Vandermeer to the Wolves.

Eyebrows were raised when Schroeder was assigned to the AHL out of training camp, given many figured he had a great shot of cracking Vancouver’s roster with forwards Ryan Kesler and David Booth on the limp.

But the 22-year-old didn’t require waivers for assignment, meaning he was the easiest player to move down.

It’s likely that Schroeder will immediately challenge for Vancouver’s No. 2 center spot. Normally held by Kesler, the position was filled by journeyman Andrew Ebbett for the first two games of the season (Ebbett went pointless in both games, averaging around 12 minutes per night, with a minus-1 rating.)

Schroeder has been a solid scorer at the AHL level, potting 19 points in 30 games this year and 100 in 187 career games. It’ll be curious to see how he performs at the NHL level, though, especially considering his size — 5-foot-8, 175 pounds.


Sounds like Vancouver’s lines for Wednesday night’s tilt against Calgary will be:

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Zack Kassian

Mason Raymond-Jordan Schroeder-Dale Weise

Chris Higgins-Alex Burrows-Jannik Hansen

Aaron Volpatti-Manny Malhotra-Maxim Lapierre

Roundup: Ducks recall Fasth, Kings waive Stewart

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Some minor transactions to pass along…

Ducks bring up Fasth

Anaheim has recalled goalie Viktor Fasth from AHL Norfolk, according to NHL.com.

In May, Fasth signed with Anaheim on a one-year deal to be Jonas Hiller’s backup, but was sent to Norfolk so he could get some game action prior to joining the club.

The 29-year-old is an interesting story, something of a late bloomer.

He spent the majority of his career playing in Sweden’s lower-tier leagues before bursting onto the scene with AIK in 2010-11. Since then, he’s gone on to win back-to-back Honken Trophies, awarded annually to the top goalie in Sweden (the only other multiple winners are New York’s Henrik Lundqvist and former Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist.)

In a related move, Anaheim sent down goalie Frederik Andersen to the Admirals.

Canucks waive Vandermeer

Vancouver has placed defenseman Jim Vandermeer on waivers, according to TSN.

The 32-year-old signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Canucks during training camp, shortly after the club inked another veteran defenseman — Cam Barker.

Vandermeer was a healthy scratch for both of Vancouver’s losses on the weekend and had been practicing as both a defenseman and forward at camp.

If he’s not claimed, he’ll probably be off to AHL Chicago.

Kings waive Stewart

Los Angeles has put Anthony Stewart on waivers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Stewart, 28, was acquired by Los Angeles from Carolina at the beginning of training camp, in exchange for enforcer Kevin Westgarth.

He didn’t dress for the Kings’ season-opening loss against Chicago, and is presumably on waivers to facilitate the return of Anze Kopitar, who missed the opener with a knee injury.

If Stewart clears, he’ll likely be headed to AHL Manchester.

Could Stuart be on his way back to San Jose?

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Interesting piece today from CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz on a name that’s been linked to the Sharks in recent months: Brad Stuart.

Stuart, 32, is a soon-to-be-UFA that’s spent the last four seasons in Detroit — but never lost touch with his San Jose roots. He began his career with the Sharks in 1999-2000, played there for five years (before being part of the Joe Thornton deal) and still maintains residence in the Bay Area, which is where his wife and three kids live year-round.

There’s also this, from ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun:

Veteran top-four blueliner Brad Stuart will also be an unrestricted free agent July 1. There has been talk that he might want to return to the West Coast due to family reasons (he still has a home in San Jose), but Detroit is keeping the door open to re-sign him if he chooses to return.

“I told Stuey, ‘Go home, take a month with your family’; told his agent I would talk to him prior to the draft,’’ Holland said.

My guess is, if the San Jose Sharks have any interest in bringing back Stuart — he began his career there — and they make him a reasonable offer, he could be in San Jose next season.

Kurz goes on to point out Stuart-to-San-Jose makes a lot of sense on the ice as well:

— He’s a top four guy and the Sharks need a top-four defenseman. Douglas Murray “doesn’t look like he can keep up” anymore and Jason Demers hasn’t proven himself as a bonafide NHLer. Veterans Jim Vandermeer and Colin White are both UFAs and might not be retained.

— So how does a projected top four of Stuart, Dan Boyle, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic sound? (The answer: Above-average, though not especially young. Vlasic is 25, Burns is 27, Stuart is 33 in November and Boyle is 36 in July.)

The x-factor in this, as it often is, will be money. The Sharks have approximately $9 million in available cap space; Stuart is coming off a deal that paid $3.75 million annually; San Jose already has $19.4 million committed to its blueline for 2012-13.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Oilers fear the U-test

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Sad news for Mr. Hockey and his family: Gordie Howe’s sons confirmed that he’s coping with dementia. (Fan 590 via George Malik)

On the heels of Dennis Seidenberg’s center ice goal, Joe Haggerty wonders why defensemen don’t take more slap shots from out far. Then again, Mikael Samuelsson showed that forwards might want to throw a few more long-distance pucks on net, too. (CSNNE.com)

The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers reveals that this isn’t the first time that Peter Mueller and Erik Johnson have been teammates. Follow the link for a photo of the duo at the precocious age of 11 or 12. (Denver Post)

Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder scored a goal and two assists each as the Dallas Stars handled the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 last night. Mike Heika has the details and quotes. (Dallas Morning News)

Mark Recchi shares his thoughts after acting as one of the coaches in the CHL Top Prospects Game. (NHL.com)

Speaking of which, check out some of the tricks Andreas Athanasiou pulls off in this video:

Jim Vandermeer is learning to adjust to playing the forward position after several years as a hard-nosed defenseman. (CSNBayArea.com)

Chicago Blackhawks rookie Andrew Shaw logged the most minutes of any forward on the team in the last two games. Not bad. (Chicago Tribune)

The Carolina Hurricanes are expecting an angry Boston Bruins team tonight. (News & Observer)

Edmonton Oilers players who hope to come back from injury must pass Tom Renney’s “U-test.” Ryan Whitney says that “it puts fear in everyone.” (Edmonton Journal)

Niklas Hagman is making a good impression on the Anaheim Ducks. (OC Register)

Edmonton columnist revisits Pronger trade, confirms Oilers made out well

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The Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones — a recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductee — wrote an interesting piece revisiting Edmonton’s 2006 Chris Pronger-to-Anaheim deal.

Then-Oilers GM Kevin Lowe flipped Pronger to the Ducks for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid, Anaheim’s first-round pick in 2007, a conditional first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2008.

Here’s how it all panned out:

Smid: “This year, the defenseman the Oilers believed would develop into a major-minutes, total-pro top-four defenseman who came out of that deal,” Jones writres. “Ladislav Smid appears to have finally become.”

Lupul: Edmonton traded Lupul to Philly (with Jason Smith) for Joni Pitkanen, Geoff Sanderson and a 2008 third-round pick. Sanderson retired, the third-round pick was Cameron Abney and Pitkanen was traded for Erik Cole. Cole was turned into Patrick O’Sullivan (and a second round pick). O’Sullivan was turned into Jim Vandermeer and the second-round pick was turned into Ales Kotalik, neither of whom are with the team.

In short, Lupul became Abney.

2007 first-round pick: Traded (along with a second-round pick) to the Coyotes for their 21st overall selection, where the Oilers took Riley Nash. Nash was later traded to Carolina for Martin Marincin.

2008 Conditional pick: Because the Ducks made and won the Cup Final in 2007, the pick became a first rounder. Edmonton used it to select Jordan Eberle 22nd overall.

2008 second-round pick: Traded to the Isles for Allan Rourke and a third-round pick that originally belonged to the Oilers. That third round pick allowed Edmonton to offer-sheet Dustin Penner (Oilers had to compensate Anaheim with first-, second- and third-round picks, all of which had to be originals.)

Penner was then dealt for Colten Teubert, a 2011 first-round pick (Oscar Klefbom) and a third-rounder in 2012 than will become a second-rounder if LA makes the playoffs.

So what does it all mean in the end?

“Kevin Lowe traded Chris Pronger for Jordan Eberle, Ladislav Smid, Colten Teubert, Martin Marincin, Oscar Klefbom, Cameron Abney and a player to be determined,” Jones writes. “Helluva deal.”

In retrospect, maybe. But one wonders if Edmonton isn’t kicking itself for the questionable Nash selection (taken ahead of Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Blum and David Perron) and getting so little out of Lupul.