Fitzpatrick out with broken foot
I guess I was a little premature in saying the Vancouver Canucks' blueline was in dire straits last week, as the team has just lost another defenceman, Rory Fitzpatrick, for four to six weeks with a broken foot.
His loss, combined with the demotion of Luc Bourdon to junior and injuries to Sami Salo and Willie Mitchell, means Vancouver will have three defencemen with two games or less experience in the NHL playing tonight against Anaheim. With 106 NHL games played, Lukas Krajicek is now the team's second most experienced defender.
Mattias Ohlund, 574 games
Lukas Krajicek, 106 games
Kevin Bieksa, 55 games
Alex Edler, 2 games
Patrick Coulombe, 0 games
Nathan McIver, 0 games
This makes me wonder two things: a) Who on earth is playing for the Manitoba Moose? and b) Just how many minutes do you think Ohlund can play tonight?
Edler and Coulombe were playing major junior last season, while McIver, an eighth-round pick, has one year AHL experience after playing three years for the Toronto St. Mike's Majors.
UPDATE The results weren't pretty tonight, as the Canucks were downed 6-0 in a game they weren't in from the beginning. The only positive for Vancouver is the fact Salo should be back in the very near future, which should provide at least a little relief for the Canucks (and the Moose).