It is said that the movement is cautious.
It seems that Bo Horvat's health is sufficient to make Vancouver Canucks call another center.
Thursday morning, the National Hockey League team recalled the Tanner Kero center from the US hockey league affiliate Utica Comets.
Asked if the move was driven by caution regarding Horvat's status, General Director Jim Benning answered yes.
Horvat was hit by Oilers's Zack Kassian at the end of the game on Wednesday and seemed to be in some discomfort afterwards.
He briefly left Canucks' bench to get a medical checkup, but returned before the end of the game. He did not miss a change and exchanged overtime.
However, he was getting treatment after the game and did not talk to the media, a somewhat unusual circumstance, because he always ensures otherwise.
While Elias Pettersson is expected to return for the match on Friday against Buffalo Sabers, it makes sense to have Kero only if no center can play.
Kero has 36 points in 43 games for Comets this season. He played in 72 NHL competitions in the last three seasons for Chicago Blackhawks. He was added in a trade in June, Canucks shipping Michael Chaput back.
He gave up pre-season extensions and can be sent between Vancouver and Utica for a total of 30 days of NHL service.
Canucks talk today with the media at 11:30 a.m.