Wellwood's conditioning still an issue
Sunday, after the conclusion of the NHL team's two-day training camp, head coach Alain Vigneault revealed that Wellwood's fitness tests on Friday were not up to standard.
He said Wellwood will have to hit certain benchmarks in a second test to be conducted after a Sept. 28 preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Canucks intend to make some roster cuts after that contest – and Wellwood could be among them if his fitness has not improved.
This for a guy who is only 5 foot 10 and 185 pounds.
The thing is that Vancouver is so starved for offence and top six forwards that I highly doubt they can afford to cut even someone with talent as modest as Wellwood's loose. He is still going to get his chance on a scoring line — even if his leash will be awfully short with Vigneault.
For his part, Wellwood sounds more committed than he ever did with the Leafs, and he is coming off some serious injuries that would impede any players' off-season workouts. He has had a few wakeup calls now and needs to take this one seriously.
I'm not sure there are many more teams out there dying to give him a chance — and certainly not in such a plum role.
Sedin - Sedin - Bernier
Demitra - Wellwood - Raymond
Burrows - Kesler - Pyatt
Pettinger - Johnson - Hansen
Hordichuk - Krog - Cowan