Hockey

Canucks, Flames pare rosters

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The Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks took further steps toward their regular season rosters, with each club trimming players on Thursday.

The comeback bids of veterans Dave Scatchard and Ronald Petrovicky with Vancouver ended with both released. Scatchard is trying to come back after taking time off due to concussion problems, while Petrovicky played in Europe since leaving the NHL nearly three years ago.

The Canucks also sent four players to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, and returned defenceman Yann Sauve to his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League junior team, the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Calgary sent three players to their Abbotsford Heat affiliate in the AHL, including centre Brett Sutter, the son of general manager Darryl Sutter.

Mikael Backlund, the team's first round draft pick from 2007, is also B.C. bound. The Swede starred last season with the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League.

Also going down is defenceman Matt Pelech, who had a brief call-up late last season with the Flames, playing five games.