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From what Mike Gillis said tonight, Mason Raymond has at least five months of recovery in front of him. Gillis as much as described the injury as a “broken back” in his press conference, and the horror of this whole situation will certainly go down in the history books as a terrible addendum when we recall this Stanley Cup Final, whoever wins it.
About the non-suspension of Johnny Boychuk, I have no objections to that ruling. (At least in an ideal world where common sense rules the day, anyway.) I don’t think Raymond’s terrible injury was either Boychuk’s intent, nor anything he could have forseen by following through on his hit into the boards. A one-in-a-million terrible result.
However, the hit was certainly worthy of an interference call—no puck anywhere around—and that’s where the NHL ends up looking ridiculous in this whole mess. Mike Murphy, widely lauded as “finally getting it right” with the harsh Rome suspension, now looks like a man who was flying by the seat of his pants when he made that call earlier in the series.
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo will be sidelined four weeks with a broken rib.
The team made the announcement at practice Friday.
Sigh. Well, it’s Vancouver. If we weren’t breaking defensemen every other week, we’d be a different team.
(Wonder if the Swedish Messiah can play D…?)
From Jason Botchford at Canucks Nation in The Province:
[Ryan] Johnson learned Wednesday he has a fractured foot as well as a fractured finger, and is expected to miss the next four weeks.
The foot was apparently injured earlier in the season when Johnson was blocking a shot.
According to Botchford, the doctors apparently discovered the foot injury “when checking on his finger.” (The kind of doctors that ask you to take off your shirt when you mention a foot cramp, no doubt.)
Johnson will be sorely missed but it’s surprising this doesn’t happen to him more often, really. Throw yourself in front of a puck as often as he does, it’s a miracle you can walk at all most days.
P.S. A reminder: anticipating problems with Johnson, the Canucks did recall Alexandre Bolduc yesterday.
P.P.S. Dirty pictures of Fin to cheer you up.
Last night was a great win for Canucks fans. Perhaps not I-Just-Won-the-Stanley-Cup-and-I’m-Going-To-Disneyland! great, but under the circumstances, pretty sweet.
For one thing, its nice to slow down the Wings-fan trash talk around this website for 5 minutes (*immediate snarky little emails from The Sailor notwithstanding). And for another—and on a more serious note—it calms the reactiveness of both the hockey press and fans who assume Vancouver is weaker than a newborn kitten without Roberto Luongo in the net. (Of course they’re better off with their captain, but as last night proved they’re also a pretty scrappy kitten without him.)
Still, when the Canucks revealed yesterday that Luongo is destined to be off work “week-to-week” the truth is that they didn’t reveal anything at all. What does that really mean?
Roberto Luongo went down in the first period of today’s midday game, and while fans everywhere freak out, reports on the Penguins television broadcast were detailed and informative: it’s a “lower body injury,” they say.
Well, thank God for that explanation.
But the reports on Sportsnet tv were no less informative. Claiming to have the “official word from the Canucks” reporter Dan Murphy informs us that “Roberto Luongo is injured and won’t be returning to this game.” Gee, ya think?
Breaking news you needed to know.
Some bad news earlier today in the form of Rick Rypien’s impending surgery but the day had an upside. It seems Vancouver is running an Injured Canuck Exchange Program rather than simply a one-way train to the infirmary, as Sami Salo went through yet another full practice and could be back as early as Tuesday.
From the Canucks:
“I feel good so it’s up to the coaching staff and the training staff and see what they think because we have to play three games in four nights so we don’t want to rush back in just to play one game,” said Salo.
Indeed. And since the next game is tomorrow’s matchup against Boston, it might not be the best date for Salo’s return. I’m always joking that Salo is made of glass—and we now know explicitly the kind of damage Milan Lucic can do to glass.
Rick Rypien‘s “virus” update from The Vancouver Province:
The Vancouver Canucks announced Monday that Rick Rypien has a sports hernia injury and will require surgery. All this after the NHL club had said for days that the feisty winger had some sort of virus or viral infection.
“What happened was he came back and wasn’t feeling well, was tested and nothing came up,” coach Alain Vigneault said of Rypien leaving the team after an Oct. 17 game in Buffalo.
“He started to work out on his own and skate on his own and felt a little twinge in his abdomen and he went this morning to get evaluated by a specialist. They found a sports hernia tear on the left side, so he’s going to get operated on in the next couple of days and be out indefinitely.”
The article goes on to discuss Rypien’s history of injuries. It ain’t pretty.
Rather unexpectedly, Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood have suddenly become guys the Canucks are desperate to hang onto. From Ben Kuzma at Canucks Nation:
The Vancouver Canucks hope to augment their injury-riddled lineup with Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood, should the forwards not be claimed today on recallable waivers from the Manitoba Moose.
Should an NHL club claim either forward, the Canucks would be on the hook for half of their salaries — $500,000 US for Pettinger and $498,750 US for Wellwood — but they have plenty of salary cap space. Money is not the problem for general manager Mike Gillis. Healthy bodies are.
As Kuzma notes, Pavol Demitra, Rick Rypien, and Darcy Hordichuk are all out for Tuesday’s game against Columbus. It’s like a 2007 re-run, except in this year’s edition the team is decimating its forward corps.
(Well, except for Sami Salo—but I think we all had Sami Salo penciled-in for a pulled groin this week anyway…)
Coincidence or cosmic bad humor? Earlier today Roberto Luongo was named captain of the Vancouver Canucks, rather against the odds. Which made it a pretty good day for the celebrated goalie—except for this:
On the same day that the Vancouver Canucks named him team captain, Luongo suffered a minor groin injury during practice.
Luongo suffered the injury after colliding with forward Jannik Hansen.
Poor Louie. It’s possible that being captain of the Canucks has a curse something close to being featured on the cover of an EA Sports video game.
Luongo will be out for the next game, which is “precautionary” says TSN.
In other news, Jannik Hansen will probably be hiding in his locker until the building clears.
The Vancouver Canucks’ postseason hopes have taken a hit.
Brendan Morrison is done for the season and the playoffs after suffering a torn ACL. The 32-year-old has battled injuries this season and missed significant time (38 games) after having wrist surgery in mid-December.
Update 10:30am PT:
And in other news: Roberto Luongo has now left the team for the greener pastures of a Florida maternity ward, and about 1000 (and counting) Canucks fans are expected to throw themselves off the Lions Gate bridge sometime later this afternoon.
In other words… just another day in Vancouver.
There was an Iain MacIntyre article in the Vancouver Sun this morning which brought up some serious issues about Dan Cloutier’s experience since his trade to the Los Angeles Kings. In it, MacIntyre addressed issues about Cloutier’s recent career that hadn’t been publicized before.
But harder than stopping the puck was the feeling Cloutier had—has—that the Kings weren’t doing much to help him.
The team insisted he shed his birdcage wire mask and helmet, citing insurance issues. Cloutier was never comfortable in a traditional mask, and a few games into last season he was feeling physical discomfort.
He was having hip pain. He volunteered to keep playing because the Kings’ other goalie, Mathieu Garon, had a broken finger. Cloutier’s pain got worse, but the team insisted initially there was little wrong with him.
From TSN, some dismal—though not entirely unexpected—news:
CKNW radio in Vancouver has learned that the Canucks have lost defenceman Lukas Krajicek for the remainder of the season. He will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder this week in Vancouver.
In far more positive news, Kevin Bieksa appears to be shaping up fast:
[He] participated in the full practice Monday but won’t play for the Canucks until he gets at least one American Hockey League game under his belt with the Manitoba Moose.
“I felt a little bit better today than the other day,” said Bieksa, out since Nov. 1 with a lacerated calf. “It’s hard to say if I will be ready to play this weekend. It could happen.”
From the CP (via Canada East Online):
Vancouver Canuck defenceman Willie Mitchell is sidelined with a fractured vertebra in his back.
Mitchell said Tuesday he won’t accompany the NHL team when it leaves Wednesday on a four-game road trip.
Mitchell, who has already missed three games, said he hurt his back after being checked during a game against Calgary after Christmas. He played nine games before the pain became too great.
Update 2:45pm PT— CBC:
There is no specific recovery time for this type of injury — a stress fracture to the L2 vertebra in Mitchell’s back — but Vigneault said it could affect him for up to five weeks. Vigneault also said Mitchell could play through the injury without aggravating it, though the pain might be too much.
“All the doctors that checked him, have all came to the same conclusion, with this type of stress fracture, if he can endure the pain, there is no way he can aggravate it,” the coach said. “It shouldn’t be that much longer, knowing Willie Mitchell, in my mind anyways.”
The Canucks end a 4 night vacation to return to action Tuesday, healthy, practiced and ready to stomp the Islanders…
Or not. After all, this is the Canucks we’re talking about:
The Vancouver Canucks’ blue-line corps, already reeling from the indefinite absence of Mattias Ohlund (concussion) and Kevin Bieksa (lacerated calf), has another potential problem on its hands.
The Vancouver Canucks have announced that forward Brendan Morrison will undergo surgery on his wrist later this week.
Morrison has been experiencing chronic wrist pain and did not make the trip to Anaheim for Wednesday’s game with the Ducks.
“After further consultation with our team doctors it was decided that surgery was the best course of action,” said Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis. “The best long term decision for Brendan and our hockey club is to have this addressed immediately.”
No word on how long Morrison will be out now.
Update 4:19pm PT: How long? Not surprisingly, the CP uses the word “indefinitely” which has an ugly ring to it. But I suppose, with any luck, Canucks fans won’t hear it again anytime soon in relation to Roberto Luongo...
*knock on wood*
Sportsnet.ca is reporting:
Canucks forward Brendan Morrison will see his consecutive games streak of 542 end on Wednesday night when he sits out vs. the Anaheim Ducks.
Morrison injured his wrist in the pre-season and the injury continues to nag him, so he has been sent back to Vancouver for treatment.
His streak is currently the longest in the NHL. The all-time record is held by the Montreal Canadiens’ Doug Jarvis with 964.
Earlier today, Jason Botchford at The Ice Hole reported that Roberto Luongo has been nursing a rib injury, forcing him to sit out Monday night in Los Angeles. Now the CP is reporting that the Canucks have also called up goaltender Drew MacIntrye from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.
Luongo told reporters later he has been nursing a bruised rib all week after being injured Dec. 2 at Minnesota.
“It just got worse over the last two days, and I’ve been in pain all day,” he said. “I was trying to see how I felt in warmups, but it wasn’t good enough for me to go. It’s not broken, but it hurts when I breathe and it hurts when I move. It’s tough to do your job under those circumstances. It’s day-to-day right now. Hopefully it’s just a few days. It’s almost got to heal on its own.”
Additionally, Mason Raymond and Jason Jaffray were also called up from the Moose.
The North American press and hockey blogs have spent months analyzing the possible return of Peter Forsberg to the NHL (and often with the kind of reverence usually attributed to the devout contemplating the resurrection of Jesus Christ) but their hopes were sadly interrupted yesterday with the news that
... err… Foppa… hurt his ankle.
But while those same analysts seriously ponder how this travesty could happen—studying the various miscues of Forsberg’s recent career as he’s attempted to regain his health and strength—the Swedish newspapers haven’t been nearly as preoccupied with all the accepted jargon.
They have their own theory about how Forsberg’s career ground to a halt:
From Elliott Pap at the Vancouver Sun,
[Brendan] Morrison, the current NHL iron man with 512 consecutive games played, injured his wrist in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose. He did not practise today and coach Alain Vigneault said he was waiting word on the severity of the injury.
“Brendan is going to get it checked out this afternoon and we’ll have further details tomorrow,” Vigneault explained following practice at Burnaby 8-Rinks.
It would be very disappointing if Morrison’s long NHL streak were to end, but on the bright side Pap reports that other members of the Vancouver Ambulance Brigade (Rick Rypien, Byron Ritchie and Aaron Miller) are all ready to go. So that’s something good, anyway…
Last night I had a chance to interview Andy and Matt—two of the bloggers behind the very popular Battle of Alberta. (The recording of that conversation should be available early next week). But one thing they brought up has stuck in my mind, and it’s something I’ve avoided thinking about too much: that the Colorado Avalanche might not actually suck this year. Depressing.
And I suppose that’s a snotty understatement; the truth is, the Avalanche seriously improved themselves this summer, as did others, which is sort of the point of this post.
The already-tight NW division has gotten tougher since last season, and I wonder if Vancouver might be affected by this more than any other team.
From the Globe & Mail,
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo is out indefinitely after sustaining a hairline fracture in his wrist in an intra-squad game in Victoria on Sunday.
Salo, who missed 15 regular-season games last season due to a variety of injuries, was hurt after being hit by teammate Jeff Cowan.
On Monday, Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said Salo was too ‘nonchalant’ going into the corner prior to the hit.
(Also several updates below regarding Luongo…)
Plenty of interesting trivia about things relating to the team this past week. From Trevor Linden to Anson Carter to events earlier today regarding Yo! Luongo… here are the odds & ends.
Update: Canucks defenseman Sami Salo has been injured Sunday as well. Story is added to bottom of this post.
Update 2: The Trevor Linden injury is also now added down below. (I can’t stomach making new posts for every freakish Canucks’ injury today…)
Vancouver favorite Trevor Linden may not be at the stage in his career that he can set the league on fire, but he’s proven to be a valuable part of the franchise. Last season’s playoffs were one notable part of that, which led to him signing on for another season with the team. With a work ethic that’s impossible to beat, adoration from local fans that can’t be bought, and a salary that doesn’t edge the cap, Linden faced down his summer workout with creativity.
From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo left the National Hockey League team’s intrasquad game injured after being hit on the collarbone or throat by Brad Isbister’s high shot.
Luongo, a finalist for both the Hart and Vezina trophies last season, lay facedown the ice for several minutes at the Memorial Centre in Victoria after getting beaned by Isbister late in the first period Sunday morning.
(aside from throwing a Mark Messier Canucks Invitational Golf Tournament, that is…)
The Vancouver Canucks opened training camp in Victoria on Thursday, and while anticipating that—all things considered—I expect Canucks’ fans would prefer that this is NOT a thrilling day-to-day ride. Yet one of the opener’s events clearly violated such good common sense:
A few hearts stood still at Vancouver Canucks training camp today when Canucks winger Jeff Cowan piled into star netminder Roberto Luongo only a few minutes into the first set of drills.
Cowan lost his balance during a routine one-on-one and slid hard into the Hart Trophy finalist at high speed. The two became entangled in the net and it seemed like eternity, although it was only seconds…