On Sunday night, Hansen inadvertently bowled Miller down and now it seems Miller has a leg injury and he had to leave the game. In the next couple of days, the Canucks will know if Miller will be out on the IR or just be day-to-day. Jakob Markstrom has been called up from the AHL in the meantime and perhaps he might even see some NHL playing time before the Canucks are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention (thanks Torts). There has been no time-table set for Miller’s return, or if he returns this season. Regardless, what a blow for the Canucks. Losing forwards and even defencemen are one thing, but goaltenders don’t grow on trees and one at the calibre of Miller’s have all been signed elsewhere.
Miller now joins:
C-Brad Richardson – Out with a foot injury and has missed 15 games.
D- Kevin Bieksa – Broken hand has Juice miss 14 games.
D- Frank Corrado- Illness is what has kept Frankie out of the lineup and Biega was called up to replace him. He’s now missed 11 games.
C- Nick Bonino- Has now missed seven games due to a lower body injury. However, it looks like Bonino could come back to the lineup this road trip.
D- Alex Edler- has an upper body injury. He has now missed four games and is dearly missed on the first pairing of the blue line.
D- Chris Tanev- Edler’s partner is also out four games now with an upper body injury.
RW- Alex Burrows- sustained a lower body injury on this road trip vs the New York Rangers. He is listed as day to day but there is also promise of him coming back to the line up this road trip.
The already depleted squad now has an injury in every position on the team. Luckily for the Canucks a couple of their wingers know how to play centre and have covered for both Bonino and Richardson while they are still hurt. Everyone who is injured, with the exception of Frank Corrado, are players on the roster sheet for opening night in October. That’s a third of the team. Since January 16, when Richardson went down, the Canucks have lost 58 man-games to the injury bug. At this point, Linden might have the come out of retirement and the pressbox to join the team if no one comes back soon.
This is going to be a tough test for the remaining core players and the young guys. If Sunday versus the Islanders was an indication of how they are going to play, it looks promising. Until then, I’m hoping a speedy recovery to all the Canucks in the infirmary. Let’s get better sooner than later, and ensure a playoff spot.