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Canucks pluck Grabner from Moose

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Twelve games from the playoffs, the Manitoba Moose have no easy road to remain among the top four teams in the AHL's North Division.

It got a little tougher today when the NHL's Vancouver Canucks recalled top-line right-winger Michael Grabner from the Moose.

Grabner has 15 goals and 26 points in 38 games for Manitoba this season. He had previously spent nine games with the Canucks, scoring two goals and five points, before breaking his ankle in November.

Grabner is Vancouver's first-round pick from the 2006 draft.

Also today, the Moose released winger Andy Brandt from his tryout contract so he can return to the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings for their playoff drive. Brandt had played three games so far for the Moose.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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