Canucks lose yet another defensemen

NHLHS Vancouver Canucks Correspondents Will & Valerie Wittstruck look at the injury woes that have plagued the Canucks defense lately.

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In last night’s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues, the Canucks lost defensemen Andrew Alberts to a broken wrist.  Alberts was playing in his 4th game since returning from a shoulder injury.

Injured Canucks defensemen:

  1. Andrew Alberts – broken wrist vs. St. Louis 2/14/11. His injury could provide the Canucks with salary cap room since it’s likely he’ll be on LTIR.
  2. Dan Hamhuis – concussion vs. Ananheim 2/9/11. Still unknown how long he’ll be out. Sydney Crosby is a perfect example of how concussions and their symptoms can linger.
  3. Keith Ballard – knee vs. Ottawa 2/7/11. He may be back sooner than the 10 games/24 days minimum required for LTIR, which would be great news.
  4. Lee Sweatt – broken foot during Canucks practice. He’s apparently progressing in his recovery and given the current injury situation may find himself back in the lineup instead of heading to Manitoba.
  5. Alexandre Edler – back vs. Dallas 1/24/11.  Expect to miss 4-6 weeks which should see him return at the start of the playoffs.

Luckily after Edler went down Sami Salo was able to return to the Canucks lineup for the first time this season, although one has to wonder if the d-corps would’ve stayed healthy would he have rejoined the team so soon. And Chris Tanev has been a pleasant surprise eating up bottom 6 minutes and looking like a player with potential to crack the regular season roster next year.

The Canucks called up Yann Sauvé for tonight’s game. Even though Ryan Parent has NHL experience, he’d have to clear waivers and the Canucks don’t want to chance losing him.

For most teams in the league, and for Canucks teams of the past, losing 4 regular d-men in a span of 3 weeks would be devastating. But this team is different. They have managed to keep things rolling along.

The question is will they continue to bend or will they eventually break?

I-5 Canucks – Will & Valerie Wittstruck
NHLHS Vancouver Canucks Correspondents
I-5Canucks@nhlhotstove.com

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