Salo in, Hamhuis out for Canucks

Defenceman Sami Salo is set to make his NHL season debut just in time, as the Vancouver Canucks deal with a battered blue-line ahead of their date with the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Defenceman Sami Salo is set to make his NHL season debut just in time, as the Vancouver Canucks deal with a battered blue-line ahead of their date with the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

The Canucks announced that the 36-year-old Salo is being recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League. Salo was playing with the Moose on a conditioning stint after battling an Achilles injury.

Vancouver has the NHL's best record but in a two-week span have seen regular defencemen Alex Edler (back), Keith Ballard (knee) and, most recently, Dan Hamhuis felled.

Hamhuis was left woozy after being hit hard into the glass in the team's last game and the Canucks revealed Friday that he is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Salo has been with Vancouver since the 2002-03 season, and for his career has scored 81 goals and 192 assists in 665 regular season games.

Vancouver sent forward Cody Hodgson down to the Moose, electing to keep Victor Oreskovich.

The Canucks finish a Hockey Day in Canada tripleheader when they host the Flames (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. PT).