Salo begins return from Achilles injury with conditioning stint in Manitoba

VANCOUVER – Vancouver defenceman Sami Salo is starting his comeback from a torn Achilles tendon with a conditioning stint in the AHL.

The Canucks sent him to the Manitoba Moose on Friday. He had two goals, including the winner, in Manitoba’s 3-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Salo was injured playing floor hockey in his native Finland and had surgery in July. The 36-year-old resumed skating in December.

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He had 28 points in 68 games for the Canucks last season while manning the point on the top power-play unit and anchoring the penalty kill.

The six-foot-three, 212-pound defender might not stay with Manitoba long. Vancouver lost top defenceman Alex Edler for eight to 12 weeks after he had back surgery Monday

Salo has 273 points in 665 career NHL games.