Canucks' Luongo ready to play

November 11, 2009

Canucks star goaltender Roberto Luongo returned to the roster for Vancouver's game Tuesday against the Blues after missing two weeks with a broken rib.

Luongo could make his first start since the injury on Thursday in Detroit.

Luongo was injured when a sharp-angle shot hit a seam in his chest protector during a game Oct. 24 against Toronto. He finished that game and posted a shutout against Edmonton the following night before the pain in his rib cage flared up during a loss to Detroit on Oct. 27.

Backup Andrew Raycroft was 4-1-0 during Luongo's absence.

•Blackhawks center Dave Bolland had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back and will be out for three to four months.

•Sabres forward Adam Mair has cleared waivers and will be staying in Buffalo. Coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday he's electing to keep Mair in Buffalo as an extra forward. A nine-year NHL veteran, Mair has proven to be the odd man out on a team stocked with forwards.

Mair missed the start of the season after having hip surgery. He has appeared in only three games and registered no points this season.

AP

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