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Notes for tonight’s game

Anton Stralman will not dress for tonight’s match-up with the Canucks. He has been practicing with the team but is not game-ready. He will likely be ready for Thursday’s game in San Jose. For those who are curious he is wearing #5.

Mike Commodore will sit out the second game of the season as well. It is just a precautionary move. Commodore has been hampered with a slight groin pull and coaches don’t want to risk it this early in the season. Commodore also missed a couple days in training camp sidelined with the flu. Look for him to be ready to play Thursday.

Tonight’s game is the home opener for the Canucks. Vancouver is 0-2 on the season falling in Calgary 5-3 last Thursday and were shutout 3-0 by the Avalanche on Saturday. However, don’t be misled by their record. The Canucks have out shot their opponents 77 to 50 in those two games. The ‘Nucks haven’t been capitalizing on their chances, and that something coach Alain Vigneault will have emphasized to his players. Vancouver will be ready and looking to redeem themselves in front of the home fans.

Dan Fritsche today signed a minor league contract with Blue Jackets AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. Fritsche was released from a tryout agreement with the Atlanta Thrashers last week and has been unable to find an NHL home. There’s still a long road for the Parma, Ohio native, who would need to sign a separate deal with the big club to play in any NHL games.

The Blue Jackets originally selected Fritsche in the 2nd round, 46th overall in the 2003 draft. He was traded to the New York Rangers along with Nikolai Zherdev, the Jackets first pick in the 2003 draft, for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman. Good move for Scott Howson. Tyutin is the only player from that deal still in the NHL. The Rangers walked away from Zherdev after his arbitration ruling. He’s plying his trade with the Atlant Moscow in the KHL. Backman is an unrestricted free agent after he was cut from a tryout with the Florida Panthers.

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