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Canucks activate Fantenberg from injured reserve, re-assign Brisebois, Graovac

Canucks blueliner Oscar Fantenberg skates the puck up ice against the Buffalo Sabres during their Jan. 11, 2020 NHL game at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Canucks blueliner Oscar Fantenberg skates the puck up ice against the Buffalo Sabres during their Jan. 11, 2020 NHL game at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

Oscar Fantenberg is ready to play again.

The Canucks defenceman has been cleared to return to action, two weeks after suffering a concussion against the Minnesota Wild.

“Whiplash kind of thing,” he said of the aftermath of the hit he took in the Feb. 6 game. “Got a bit dizzy after. I didn’t feel good.”

Fantenberg, who the Canucks signed last summer as a free agent, had been playing so well that he’d kept Jordie Benn out of the lineup on the third pairing.

He has a goal and three assists in 27 games for the Canucks this season.

His return to health means Guillaume Brisebois has been returned to the Utica Comets.

Graovac recovers

Tyler Graovac’s foot has finally healed. The centre broke a bone in his foot against the Oilers on Dec. 1, his eighth game for the Canucks.

He was signed in the summer as a depth forward and started the year in Utica before being called up to fill in as the Canucks’ fourth-line centre following an injury to Jay Beagle.

He saw time on the second power-play unit and tallied two goals.

He was skating on his own in recent weeks at Rogers Arena but never appeared in a full practice with the NHL squad before being reassigned on Thursday. But he’s obviously been cleared to return to full hockey activities, as the Canucks wouldn’t be able to reassign him otherwise.

He’s expected to practise with the Comets in the coming days before returning to game action.

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