Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ohlund out for season

Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that defenceman Mattias Ohlund will undergo knee surgery today.

“After further consultation with our team doctors it was determined that surgery was the best course of action,” said Dave Nonis. “The best long term decision for Mattias and our hockey club is to have this addressed immediately.”

Ohlund will be out of the line-up for the remainder of the regular season.
This is a big, big blow to the Canucks' chances in the playoffs this season, as Ohlund's one of the Western Conference's more underrated defenders.
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At 4:38 PM, March 13, 2008, Blogger trbrown said...

I haven't been able to discern what the timetable is for this procedure. The press release states that he is finished for the regular season, which could be interpreted many ways. When he had this operation in 2003, he missed 23 games then came back for the playoffs.

It is minimally invasive surgery. I would not be shocked in the least if Ohlund comes back through the pain and swelling as soon as possible if he feels he can make an impact in the playoffs.

Maybe this is just the adversity the team needs to push their mindset into the playoffs. :p

 
At 5:06 PM, March 13, 2008, Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

The Canucks will be in even bigger trouble than they already are if Ohlund doesn't return for the playoffs: he's their best all-around defender, and provides some solid offense from the back end. He's seventh in team scoring with 24 points, which tells you a lot about the Canucks' offensive depth.

 
At 5:11 PM, March 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Dave Nonis was on Vancouver radio this morning, and indeed mentioned that Ohlund is very much likely to return if the Canucks do make the playoffs.

 

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