VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks sent speedy forward Jannik Hansen to Manitoba of the American Hockey League and called up tough winger Mike Brown on Monday.
Brown has three points and 69 penalty minutes in 17 AHL games this season, after the 22-year-old finished last season with three points and a team-high 194 penalty minutes. The six-foot, 210-pound winger had one assist, two fights and 32 penalty minutes in five NHL pre-season games this season.
The timing is notable because Vancouver plays in Edmonton on Tuesday before travelling to Minnesota to play the Wild on Wednesday, a rematch of a game on Friday that was filled with animosity.
Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu elbowed Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund in the face, and ended up with a cracked bone in his left leg after Ohlund retaliated with a two-handed slash to the back of Koivu's leg. Ohlund won't play Wednesday after the NHL handed down a four-game suspension Sunday, but his wasn't the only controversial play in the game.
"I think there was some plays leading up to my incident that should have been handled maybe differently," Ohlund said while addressing his suspension on Sunday night.
Ohlund said the NHL should have reviewed Marian Gaborik's elbow to Ryan Kesler's head, which was penalized with a two-minute minor.
And several Canucks were upset after Minnesota forward Stephane Veilleux appeared to shoot a puck at defenceman Mike Weaver as the game was winding down. Veilleux denied doing so, but there's no question this Northwest Division rivalry is getting heated again.
"Mattias wasn't overly happy with an elbow to the head and I also know that it wasn't the first time during the course of the game that it occurred," general manager Dave Nonis said.
The Wild were upset with the slash on Koivu, one of their best forwards.
And Minnesota's six-foot-seven, 258-pound enforcer Derek Boogaard took exception to the apparent mistreatment of his star teammates by several Canucks.
"Their so-called agitators were taking liberties," he said. "As soon as I stepped on the ice, they just sort of spread out and scattered to their holes almost. They don't want to come near me or talk to me. But they think they can slash and stick and punch our skill guys. I'm not going to stand for it."
Boogaard, who was out of Friday's game with a misconduct when Koivu was slashed, talked about getting to play against Canucks captain Markus Naslund and top forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
"Maybe I can go after, or check Naslund and those Pinky and the Brain twins," Boogaard said.