G-men do the shuffle on injuries
Eagle latest to get the call to fill lineup
By Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun
November 18, 2010
There is no revolving door at the Vancouver Giants training facility in Ladner, it only feels like it.
GM Scott Bonner wheeled in one new player Wednesday, left winger Richard Vanderhoek from the BCHL's Surrey Eagles, while last week's acquisition, centre Brendan Rowinski, still hasn't been medically cleared for game action despite the fact he played twice for Moose Jaw before the trade.
Vanderhoek isn't coming off major ACL knee surgery -- like Rowinski -- so he appears to be a go for Friday night's home game against the Regina Pats.
A 19-year-old Langley native, Vanderhoek had 43 points in 25 games for the Eagles and may start on the Giants' first line with Craig Cunningham and Brendan Gallagher.
Rowinski's debut has been pushed back another week. He has the green light for the Nov. 26 game in Edmonton.
"Every team has a different protocol for injured players," explained Bonner, when asked why Moose Jaw would allow Rowinski to play but Giant doctors wouldn't. "Because we've had some long-term injuries, we're being pretty cautious here. Any new player we bring in has to see our doctor and our physio right away. They were trying to get a hold of the surgeon in Calgary, who had done the original surgery, and they couldn't find him.
"They've since talked to him. Brendan's been cleared for the 26th, which is based on a six-month recovery time. His surgery was May 25th."
Rowinski admitted he was surprised at being held out for another two weeks, even though he played without pain and had four points in his two appearances before the trade.
"The Giants just want to make sure everything is OK and I'm completely on board with that," said the 20-year-old forward. "It's better to play it safe than be sorry. But, yeah, it was a little bit surprising."
Meanwhile, defenceman Wes Vannieuwenhuizen said he'll have to live with his seven-game suspension, handed out Monday, for a check from behind on Chilliwack's Robin Soudek Nov. 11. The latter has concussion-like symptoms and is out indefinitely.
"There was no intention to hurt him or anything," Vannieuwenhuizen said. "I was just trying to step up on the play and I thought he turned at the last second there. It was unfortunate. It's the league's decision and I have to deal with it."
Vannieuwenhuizen is eligible to return Dec. 7.
In other Giants news, Brendan Gallagher's two scheduled appearances in the Subway Super Series against the touring Russians were reduced to one as he didn't suit up Wednesday night in Kamloops.
Team WHL opted to insert Blazer forward Brendan Ranford in Gallagher's spot, which also means the Giant won't be playing three games in three nights. Gallagher and fellow Giant Neil Manning are in the Super Series lineup tonight in Prince George.
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