Goaltender Roberto Luongo is ready to return to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup, as the club assigned goaltender Joacim Eriksson to the AHL Utica Comets on Thursday.
Luongo took part in his first workout with the team Wednesday since suffering a 'lower-body' injury Dec. 22 against Winnipeg.
Luongo indicated the problem is not overly serious, but was still not healthy enough to play against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. Eddie Lack drew his third straight start and fourth appearance since Luongo got hurt, while Eriksson was given the backup assignment.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since he was sidelined, Luongo revealed how he got hurt, but would not disclose the extent of the injury, other than to say it was a lower-body problem.
"It was an Evander Kane shot down the wing that originally got me a little bit," said Luongo. "I tried to stay in the game a few more minutes and then kept feeling it during the play and felt it again on another shot."
Luongo left the game late in the first period during a TV timeout after consulting with trainer Mike Bernstein.
The Canucks were 1-2 without Luongo in the lineup.