Update: Apparently Jeff Tambellini was mistakenly listed on the roster and has not been called up from the Moose.
News broke Saturday morning that the Vancouver Canucks had recalled Jeff Tambellini from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, a puzzling move considering the reason they sent him down to the minors following the return of Alex Burrows to protect an asset.
Tambellini was placed on waivers on October 5, cleared the next day, and was assigned to the Manitoba Moose. Then he was recalled from the Moose on October 8. Beginning on that day, Tambellini would be exempt from waivers for 30 days and/or 10 games.
Then on November 2, after six games played and 25 days on the NHL roster he was re-assigned to the Moose with the return of Alex Burrows. Today would be his 26th day on a NHL roster since clearing waivers; once he hits 30 days he will become eligible for waivers again.
Why did the Canucks make this move? Even with Rick Rypien returning from a suspension, the Canucks would be at the minimum of 20 healthy players and following this game, the Canucks will be embarking on a five game Eastern road trip that will see them visit Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
With a long Eastern road trip and Guillaume Desbiens expected to be out an extended period of time, Tambellini could very well be on the team for the next 30 odd games as the extra forward.
What is odd about this move? The Canucks chose not to sign Brendan Morrison because he did not fit their mold of the desired fourth liner. Jeff Tambellini is a similar player and if he does play, it will be on the fourth line as the top three lines are set.
Also, the Canucks have known to call up top six forwards to replace top six forwards and bottom six forwards to bottom six forwards. In this case, the injured man was Guillaume Desbiens; odd they did not choose to call up similar players in Victor Oreskovich or Andrew Peters. Peters is looking for a place to play as well after being kicked off the AHL's Rochester Americans for violating a curfew.
Interesting that the Winnipeg Free Press just ran an article yesterday regarding how excited the Moose are to have Tambellini as they finally have a trigger man for first line centre Joel Perrault.