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Rypiend sidelined with sport hernia, adding to Canucks injury woes early.

Rypien sidelined with sports hernia, adding to Canucks injury woes early.

Oh the drama! Please stop the drama!The Vancouver Canucks are again, in this young season already in injury trouble. Sound familiar? Sounds too familiar for this Canucks fan correspondent! The Vancouver Canucks lost 171 man games to injury last year. The “if they were just healthy…” statements were abundant. I just don’t think I could go through another injury-ridden season like last. It was just too much. I probably could count on one hand how many times the Canucks skated their “regular” roster last season. Sad, isn’t it?

Let’s look at their Injury Report shall we?

Rick Rypien– The latest Canucks to hit the IR! Rypien has suffered sports hernia on the left side of his abdomen and will go under the knife in the next few days. He is out indefinitely. Last Canuck that suffered such a fate, was Josh Holden back in the 2000 season. Holden is now playing in Europe in the Swiss League. Oh Canucks fans, let’s just hope Ricky gets better and back into the line-up.

Pavol Demitra – Oh I heard you were injury prone, but I didn’t want to believe it! Demitra is out between 3-4 weeks due to a rib injury. Good thing Kyle Wellwood cleared waivers to take over his spot on the second line. Kyle is having whale of time and playing some pretty decent hockey. I guess the sushi in Vancouver taste so much better than the sushi in Winnipeg. Having too much of a good thing (ala second line centres) is better than not having enough.

Sami Salo– is listed at day to day and could be back even tonight against the Boston Bruins. He will be a game time decision provided he doesn’t slip on some carpet set out for Sarah Palin at GM Place. *knock on wood*

So yeah, a small resemblance to last year. Canucks second line centre goes down, defensive woes, and calling up the kids from the farm! It’s just not at the capacity it was at last season, so far. I just hope the Nucks can find a way to stay healthy and competitive. I would hate for them to miss the playoffs by 3pts yet again!

On the rumour mill front, there is a strong signal that the longest serving Canuck, Mattias Ohlund , is being spied and eyed by the Ottawa Senators. In return for Ohlund they would be willing to part with a roster forward and/or a pick.

Regardless if Mattias has a NTC agreement with the Canucks, it’s not a trade I would entertain just yet. Here’s why.

Ohlund is a steady defenseman. It’s the reason the Sens are even looking that way. He’s has come in year after year, over looked by the media, but his peers know just how good he is. Ohlund is a smooth skater, well-positioned and can bring out a mean streak when called upon (Just ask Jarome Iginla). Why would the Canucks entertain this idea?

The Canucks are not deep enough on the blue line to part with Ohlund just yet, unless they are trying to land another big name defensive player back into the line-up.

I hope Gillis doesn’t do it. There’s got to be some logic as to why Gillis would trade Ohlund at this point during the season. I’d rather Gillis and Ohlund have some talks and see if they can work out a new contract before season’s end.

There you go, just some tidbits, worries and some light shedding of the Canucks this week. This has been A view from a broad, a not too distant perspective.

Justine Galo

Chicago, IL

justine.galo@gmail.com

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