Friday, November 03, 2006

Decimated Defense

The Canucks defense-first system is about to get its first major test. Already missing Willie Mitchell after he suffered a concussion a couple of weeks ago, Sami Salo may now be out as well after he suffered a knee injury against the Minnesota Wild last night (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province).

"It's tough when you lose two of your top three [defencemen]," captain Markus Naslund said of Salo, who will be re-assessed today. "We have to play good team defence and it's got us wins in the past -- even with Willie out."
One more question the Canucks would be facing soon is the status of junior age defenseman Luc Bourdon, who played his 7th NHL game last night. If he plays ten games - this could be as soon as the Thursday night game against the Anaheim Ducks - then it burns a full year of his contract. The Canucks could opt to return him to junior before playing that 10th game.

Of course, Luc has been thinking about the possibility of sticking around longer (Iain McIntyre, Vancouver Sun):

"It's human nature to think about it," Bourdon said. "But it's also motivation to play good in these games. I think things are going much better than they did at first. Right now, I think I'm doing a pretty good job."
He's doing better than he did his first couple of games, I'll give him that.

[update: 11/03/06, 6:32 PM]

The Canucks have recalled Alexander Edler from the Manitoba Moose:

Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have recalled defenceman Alexander Edler from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Edler will join the Canucks on their road trip in Colorado.

Edler, 20, has played in 10 games for the Moose this season recording two assists and six penalty minutes. He also appeared in three games during the pre-season with Vancouver, recording two assists. Last season Edler played for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League where he recorded 53 points (13-40-53) and 44 penalty minutes in 62 games.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:12 AM


At November 03, 2006 2:05 PM, Blogger John Bollwitt said...

This is what I feared from the start of the season. Staying healthy is always the tough part. Looks like we might have to start dipping into the Manitoba pool a little sooner than we want to.


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