Canucks recall Biega, leaving concern for Tanev

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 01 2015 11:03AM

The Vancouver Canucks have announced the recall of Alex Biega from the Utica Comets, continuing the team's seemingly eternal cycle of injury fill-in assignments on the point. The recalling of the 25-year-old is likely connected to Chris Tanev's suspected injury.

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Why the Canucks should send Virtanen (health permitting), but not McCann to the World Junior Championship

Thomas Drance
December 01 2015 10:46AM

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On Tuesday morning Team Canada's U20 men's ice hockey team invited 30 players to the 'selection camp' for the upcoming World Junior Championship. For the first time in a while, there were no Canucks prospects on the invite list.

Canucks teenagers Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen would've been slam dunk invitees if they were playing in major junior though. They're NHL players now so they won't take part in the selection camp, though that doesn't necessarily mean that McCann and Virtanen won't represent Team Canada at the 2016 tournament in Finland later this month.

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Canucks bullied, beaten, blown out in Orange County

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 10:41PM

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If you want to find some positive takeaways from Monday night's 4-0 Vancouver Canucks loss to the Anaheim Ducks, well, I hope you have a jumbo-sized magnifying glass.

The Canucks were flat, they were pushed around and didn't push back, a variety of their best players were hurt or injured, their special teams were a non-factor and the goaltending was bad. It was easily the club's worst performance of the season.

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Canucks' Virtanen knocked out of game vs. Ducks by Getzlaf cross-check

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 09:22PM

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Vancouver Canucks rookie Jake Virtanen sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of Monday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. 

Virtanen, 19, was attempting to blow the zone with control of the puck when he was cross-checked from behind by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. Virtanen collapsed to the ice in obvious pain, as the on-ice officials assessed a minor penalty against Getzlaf.

The young Canucks winger left the game and will not return with what the Canucks have confirmed is an upper-body ailment, according to the Sportsnet broadcast.

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GIF: Chris Tanev sustains apparent hand injury blocking shot; clears the puck anyway

Thomas Drance
November 30 2015 09:10PM

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The first period of the Vancouver Canucks' game on Monday night in Anaheim was something of a nightmare. All the period needed was Luke yelling "welcome to the OC bitch!" and you would've had one hell of a Fox pilot.

Not only did the Canucks fall behind early, and go down by two with just two seconds remaining in the frame, but they lost a variety of players to apparent injuries. The most impactful injury was to first-pairing Chris Tanev, who appeared to sustain a left-hand injury while blocking a shot shorthanded in the first frame.

Though Tanev left the game for the latter half of the first period, he returned to the game in the second frame.

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