Stanley Cup Winner Closer To Return, Canucks Reveal

After signing him to a one-year contract worth $1.9 million this offseason, the Vancouver Canucks might soon get to introduce defensive center Teddy Blueger to their lineup.

Out since the final game of preseason, Blueger has taken a big step on his road to suiting up for real in a Canucks' uni. He took a puck to the knee while blocking a shot three weeks ago, and has been out ever since. 

Per Jeff Paterson of The Hockey News, Vancouver head coach Rick Tocchet now says Blueger's return to the ice could be anytime. 

Teddy had another scan and (his recovery) is on schedule. He's looking very good here and I think he's going to start to skate here very soon. I don't know whether it's tomorrow, but it's going to be very soon.

The Canucks signed the 5-year veteran fresh off his winning the Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights, where he was traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the deadline.

Upon his return, Blueger will likely take over the team's fourth-line center role, as well as getting plenty of time on the penalty kill. 

In 268 career games, the Latvian pivot has a plus-22, with 35 goals and 98 points. 

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