Canucks Report - No deals but help is coming

Luongo remains a Canuck while Kesler, Raymond, Weise return this week

Wednesday, 03.04.2013 / 5:03 PM / Features
By Colin Hope
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Canucks Report - No deals but help is coming

All quiet on the western front

Tension was high at Rogers Arena as the minutes ticked off towards the NHL's Trade Deadline, but it came and went with the Canucks choosing to stand pat following their trade for Derek Roy on Tuesday.

A combination of the shortened season and a small market of available players made it difficult to make deals, said Canucks general manager Mike Gillis.

"We tried our hardest," Gillis said at a press conference following the deadline. "We were in multiple deals and a lot of the players stayed with their teams."

"We were in every deal we could possibly get in. I think we have a pretty strong line-up."

The man everyone was watching was Roberto Luongo, who will remain a Canuck for the rest of this season. The winningest goaltender in franchise history said the process has been draining and he is just happy to put it behind him and focus on playing hockey.

"It's nice to get past this point and really focus and doing what I can do to help this team. Things have been emotionally tough."

Luongo's goaltending partner, Cory Schneider, said that while it seemed like it could have been an uncomfortable situation from the outside, he is happy to have Luongo stick around.

"You never want to see a teammate go, thats one thing that a lot of people forget. He's been here for seven years and he's still a big part of this organization. I'm happy to still be his teammate and I'm glad that he's still here because we're going to need everyone in this locker room."

Reinforcements are coming

That locker room will be receiving some help sooner than later with the imminent returns of many injured players, including Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond and Dale Weise, who have all missed time over the past month.

Ryan Kesler, who has been out with a broken bone in his foot since late February, is expected to return to practice Thursday, according to Mike Gillis.

Mason Raymond is expected to be back on the ice later this week as he continues to nurse a sore shoulder, which kept him out of the Canucks last game in San Jose.

As for Dale Weise, who has been sidelined four games with an injured shoulder, he skated alone prior to the Canucks team practice on Wednesday and should be joining his teammates later this week.

Keith Ballard was at Rogers Arena working out off the ice, but was wearing a walking boot while he continues to recover from the broken bone in his foot.

Roy's first practice

The newest Canuck, Derek Roy, joined the team on the ice for practice today.

The centre was skating on a line with Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins while also filling in on the second unit power-play.