#24 / Left Wing / Tampa Bay Lightning
Oct 22, 1980
The hysterical string of injuries the Canucks are juggling have been a boom for the lucky lads in Manitoba. And with injuries now afflicting the recalls (you'd think Pudge would have told Grabner about the dangers of soccer) it may be time to stop being picky and find a warm body (7th paragraph).
As such, please welcome the returning Matt Cooke replacement Matt Pettinger. Pettinger played 20 games for the Canucks during the disastrous 2007-08 campaign, netting six points (4G, 2A) including two game winners and 11 PIMs. Pettinger was lost on waivers to Tampa before the beginning of last season to protect then-Canuck Mike Brown from being poached. With the Lightning he had 15 points in 59 games. When no one came calling this summer, Pettinger decided to accept a PTO with the Moose. And, just like that, he's back in the NHL thanks to Vancouver's inability to go a week without losing five guys.
The TEAM 1040 should have more over the next few hours, but surely Pettinger is a good fit in the bottom six and at the very least ensures AV doesn't need to put Rome or Schneider in as forwards for the coming week. Then again if everyone passed on him this summer that presumably leaves a lot to be desired. At this rate, if he can still play chippy and crash and bang away a goal or two, well he deserves a key to the city.
Welcome Matty! Now watch yer ass.