Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Moose News

A couple of Moose signings announced at canucks.com:
Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed forward Alex Burrows and forward Rick Rypien. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burrows, 24, has played 13 games for the Manitoba Moose of the AHL this season and is currently tied for the team scoring lead with 10 points (3-7-10) and 31 penalty minutes. In 2004-05, the Pincourt, Quebec native played 72 games for the Moose and tallied 26 points. Burrows made 14 playoff appearances last season. The 6’1”, 190 lb forward has also played in 133 career games with the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL, scoring 47 goals and 64 assists (47-64-111) with 463 penalty minutes.

Rypien, 21, has played 13 games for the Manitoba Moose of the AHL this season recording 4 points (2-2-4) and 32 penalty minutes. The Coleman, Alberta native has played a total of 21 games with the Moose and has a record of three goals, three assists and 37 penalty minutes. Rypien was previously captain of the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League, where he played 179 career games, scoring 47 goals and 67 assists for 114 points and 493 penalty minutes.
Speaking of the Moose, they have received some rave reviews for their fast start and gutsy play. Despite losing 6 of their top 7 scorers and no. 1 goalie from the '04-'05 season, then losing some key players to injury at the start of this season, they have a 9-4-0 record and sit one point back of first-place Grand Rapids.
The rash of injuries they've sustained to date would have crippled most teams... But as they have done from the start of the season, the Moose met the latest case of adversity with a simple shrug of the shoulders. The show must go on and go on it did.
This included Moose winger and captain Mike Keane taking a regular shift as a defenseman. And some more good news for coach Alain Vigneault is that Bieksa and fellow defenseman Prestin Ryan are expected to return this week.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 9:03 PM


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