Defensemen Alex Edler and Jason Garrison skated with locked-out teammates at the University of British Columbia Sunday and that could have meant the Vancouver Canucks' duo had been cleared of respective back and groin injuries and that the NHL club was no longer paying their salaries during the labour impasse.
Not so, though. Edler and Garrison have not been cleared and were technically skating with the Thunderbirds to gain a better evaluation of their ongoing rehab since the Sept. 15 lockout. And you could technically argue that teammates Cory Schneider, Dan Hamhuis and Manny Malhotra and players' union brethren James Reimer, Jim Vandermeer, Andrew Cogliano and Rod Pelley were in the area and decided to drop into the practice. Technicalities aside, participating in an up-tempo skate with the T-Birds was the best progress news with the league on the cusp of cancelling the Winter Classic. Edler suffered a bulging disc during the 2010-11 season and underwent a microdisectomy procedure to relieve pressure. Garrison has had groin injuries.