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Sami Salo joining Moose for conditioning

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The Manitoba Moose are likely to get some high-priced help for their blueline this weekend.

Veteran NHL defenceman Sami Salo is expected to join the AHL team in time for Friday's AHL game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It's slated to be a conditioning assignment as he tries to resume his career after suffering a torn Achilles tendon last summer.

Salo, 36, is making $3.5-million US this season on the final year of a four-year contract.

He has been on the Vancouver Canucks' injury-reserve list since the season's opening day in October.

Salo's rehabilitation is to the point where some game action is warranted and the Canucks have apparently decided that a conditioning stint (maximum 14 days) is the best course of action.

The preliminary plan is for Salo to suit up in antlers against the Penguins here Friday night, take Saturday's game in Hershey off, then play in Hershey against the Bears on Sunday.

Salo has 665 regular-season NHL games and has been a full-time big-leaguer since the 1998-99 season.

The Moose, 26-14-1-4, were back at practice this afternoon after the AHL's all-star break and resume their schedule with a four-game road trip.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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