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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.
Vancouver player movement this week:
- (Inbox) Kevin Bieksa— Last heard on November 13, Bieksa was due for two week layoff as he nursed a hairline fracture in his foot. The estimation was accurate as there’s a realistic chance he’s back in the lineup for Thursday against the Flames.
- (Inbox) Alexandre Bolduc— came up from Manitoba yesterday. 8 goals and a plus-8 thus far, he’s supposedly practicing with the team this morning.
- (Outbox) Ryan Johnson & Steve Bernier— Johnson’s injury is from (what else?) blocking a shot (or 50) a couple games ago, and Bolduc is on deck for him. Bernier’s damage is the result of running into the boards the other night instead of Brett Lebda. Bernier’s explanation:
According to Bernier, he was injured when he snagged his right foot on the Detroit net and was thrown off balance trying to thump Lebda, causing him to miss.
“I lost my footing and I went shoulder and feet first into the boards,” he said. “After that, I didn’t feel very well.”
Slapstick comedy at its finest. (Well, except for the emergency medical care required.)
Update 12:33pm PT: Johnson gets two fractures for the price of one. If you don’t want more bad news, don’t click.
The Vancouver Canucks have reportedly signed forward Ryan Johnson. According to Team 1040, the Canucks inked the 10-year veteran to a two-year, $2.4 million contract.
Johnson spent the past six seasons with the St. Louis Blues after being claimed off waivers from the Florida Panthers, the team that drafted him.
More on that later, presumably. Meanwhile, Mike Gillis’s response to the $20 million offered to Mats Sundin today:
“We don’t [have a timetable for an answer]. Mats has gone to bed in Sweden,” said Gillis. “I know he’s thinking about things. From all indications he was very, very pleased that we stepped up and did what we did. We’re hoping to have some more dialogue in the morning and get a positive response.”
$20 million. What’s not to be pleased about?