The Canucks boarded a flight to New York City today in advance of their game against the Rangers on Thursday. Unfortunately for Vancouver, Alex Edler and Chris Tanev didn’t go with them.
Edler and Tanev were not on #Canucks charter to New York today
— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) February 18, 2015
The Canucks’ road trip includes games against the Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Bruins and Sabres in an 8-game span, so keeping Edler and Tanev at home is eyebrow-raising.
NHL teams seem to be increasingly secretive regarding injuries, so we likely don’t know the whole story here.
Omar transcribed general manager Jim Benning’s comments in an interview with Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy in last night’s post-game SixPack:
“The game against Calgary the other night, (Edler) slid into the boards. We don’t think he’s going to be out a long time, but he could miss a week or so… with Chris Tanev, he slid into the goal post. He skated this morning, we thought he was going to play tonight, but he didn’t feel good after, so I think he’ll be day-to-day.”
Benning later agreed with Dan Murphy’s assessment that Edler was “week-to-week”, so perhaps his absence on the road trip could be expected.
With that said, this probably indicates that Edler will be gone for multiple weeks rather than “a week or so” (whatever that means).
Tanev’s absence is very alarming in my opinion, as a player that is “day-to-day” almost always accompanies the team on a long road trip. Tanev hit his head on the goal post in Calgary, so the immediate worry is that he may have a concussion.
It was feared that Tanev may have suffered a concussion two weeks ago, when he took a nasty hit to the head from Adam Lowry of the Winnipeg Jets.
The Canucks are already without Kevin Bieksa, who should return next month, and Frank Corrado, who skated yesterday. Somehow, Vancouver found a way to beat Minnesota last night with a patchwork defence, but clearly it will be a struggle to win games without three of their top-4 defencemen going forward.
Edler and Tanev have been the most consistent performers for the Canucks this year, playing against the opposing team’s top players every night. Losing one of them for an extended period would be a punch to the gut. Losing both for an extended period could be a knockout punch.
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