Andrew Alberts sustains apparent injury following brutal elbow by Brian McGrattan

Thomas Drance
December 29 2013 06:40PM


Andrew Alberts is brutally felled by an elbow to the head from Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan
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With defensemen Alex Edler and Ryan Stanton on the shelf with injury, the Vancouver Canucks are already without two left-side defenseman for the medium term. The club may be without a third lefty defender going forward after Sunday night, as depth defenseman Andrew Alberts appeared to be rather seriously injured following an elbow to the head from Calgary Flames pugilist Brian McGrattan (see the video above). 

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The incident occurred in the first period of Sunday evening's game between the Flames and the Canucks and McGrattan was assessed a major penalty for elbowing for his hit, a second major penatly for fighting Tom Sestito, and a game misconduct. Whether McGrattan receives any additional discipline for the hit is anyones guess. The Sportsnet panel seemed to think some supplementary discipline would be forthcoming from the Department of Player Safety, though McGrattan has no priors and I'd imagine it will depend in part on the extent of Alberts' injury.

The team, for now, hasn't updated Alberts' status but he wasn't on the bench at the beginning of the second period. Based on the way the American-born defender seemed to attempt to find his balance before going limp and remaining prone on the ice for a troubling length of time, it would be a surprise were he to return to the game on Sunday.

Presumably the Canucks will recall a defenseman, and might even do so tonight (the club plays Philadelphia on Monday, and was only carrying six healthy defenseman on the roster prior to Alberts going down). Utica Comets defenders Peter Andersson, Yann Sauve and Henrik Tommernes all play the left-side and could be options for the club, but it's right-shooting defenseman Frank Corrado who is probably the most NHL ready of the bunch. Hopefully the Canucks just call up the best player and don't over-think it.

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 BrandonT
December 29 2013, 06:46PM
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Elbow doesn't even make contact

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#2 BrandonT
December 29 2013, 06:47PM
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Hope Alberts is OK though!

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#3 elvis15
December 29 2013, 09:53PM
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Andersson shoots left but typically plays the right side. Tommernes was injured a bit ago but I think has been back long enough to be considered. Sauve is a maybe for me and Corrado's on the wrong side but maybe gets the call.

Here's a wild card - the Comets signed Kent Huskins a while ago. Would they consider signing him to an NHL contract if they needed to?

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#5 Fred-65
December 30 2013, 01:25PM
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I just don't get it are these guys ( McGratton et al ) brain dead why are they trying to injure and maybe finish a players career. What's wrong wth their reasoning powers...and then to cap it off they're going to say some thing like...I hope he's OK....no you don't or you wouldn't have done it in the first place. Maybe McGratton has had too my blows to the head himself.

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#6 The Benevolent Orca
December 30 2013, 05:03PM
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McGratton didn't even go for the puck. Dirty play by a dirty player with no skill.

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