Canucks send Virtanen back to Utica

Nov 17 2016, 2:08 am

Get your stuff Jake, you’re going back to Utica.

The Vancouver Canucks have reassigned Jake Virtanen to the Utica Comets for the second time in eight days. The move comes just three days after they recalled the 20-year-old former first round pick.

If you’re utterly confused at this point, you’re not alone.

As I outlined in yesterday’s article, the important thing for a young player like Virtanen is to play games.

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Virtanen was called up on Sunday and attended practice on Monday and the morning skate on Tuesday. He didn’t play in the Canucks’ 7-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

This begs the question: what changed?

Was something said after he was healthy scratched? And why was he called up just to be sat out in the first place?

When quizzed about the bizarre move to call Virtanen up if he wasn’t going to get into the lineup (ahead of Jack Skille and Michael Chaput, I might add), head coach Willie Desjardins left the media with this gem on Tuesday:

So there you have it. Jake didn’t have his stuff.

This begs a few more questions:

  • How could he not have enough stuff when he was already on a six-game road trip?
  • Does Utica have a shortage of laundromats?
  • Are there no pharmacies in Utica to get more toothpaste?
  • Stuff? What stuff?

The series of events and the “stuff” comment has turned this tragedy into a comedy.

But hey, as long as Virtanen is playing somewhere, it’s the right move. It’s just that everyone is left scratching their heads.

The Comets have four games left on a six-game homestand, with games today, Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday.

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