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Canucks could get Raymond back Saturday

Apr 5, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

Mason Raymond Getty Images

The Vancouver Canucks look like they’re getting healthier, although Ryan Kesler‘s progress remains limited (at best).

The former Selke winner didn’t practice on Friday, but the Vancouver Province reports that Mason Raymond (shoulder), Dale Weise (shoulder) and Keith Ballard (foot) did.

Alain Vigneault said that he probably won’t inject all three players back into the lineup, but it sounds like Raymond (and maybe Weise) will be back.

Raymond, 27, has been bothered by a shoulder injury for a bit, sidelining him since March 30. He has 18 points in 35 games.

The speedy forward has extra motivation to finish this season on a high note because his one-year contract expires in the summer.

  1. ikillchicken - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    With the acquisition of Roy and Lapierre playing much better lately, getting Kesler back isn’t so much important for what he adds right now (although obviously that would be a huge boost) but for the sake of giving him enough time to get back into form before the playoffs. We’ve got less than a month now and I’d hate to have to just throw him into the playoffs cold.

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