Ryan Kesler Out (Again) with a Broken Foot

Thomas Drance
February 27 2013 04:51PM

It wasn't clear when the Canucks waived grinder Aaron Volpatti on Wednesday morning what angle the club was playing at. The roster maneuver began to make more sense however, at the team's practice on Wednesday afternoon when Ryan Kesler was wearing a boot. It turns out the Canucks' Selke winning centre was injured, and the team will recall Andrew Ebbett to plug a major hole in their top-six.

According to Alain Vigneault, the injury is a broken foot and Kesler should miss the next four to six weeks as a result. Yikes.

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Aaron Volpatti on Waivers, Pinizzotto to make NHL debut?

Thomas Drance
February 27 2013 11:33AM

Aaron Volpatti fought Ryan Reeves nine days ago which is crazy.
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

The Canucks have placed popular BC-born pugilist Aaron Volpatti on waivers today, as first reported by Darren Dreger and since confirmed by the club. The move was recieved with skepticism from the fan-base, partly because Aaron Volpatti is a "louder" presence on the ice than chronically under-appreciated fourth line winger Dale Weise.

Some theorize that the Canucks are sending Volpatti to Chicago in order to call up diminutive center Andrew Ebbett, who has the advantage of being a left-handed centreman. That makes some sense but I prefer to trust Bob McKenzie who suggested that that the Canucks are waiving Aaron Volpatti - who I'd describe as relatively unlikely to be claimed by another team - in order to clear space for Steve "editor's bane" Pinizzotto who is finally healthy.

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Coyote Ugly; Canucks Fall to Phoenix By A Score of 4-2: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
February 27 2013 12:37AM

You just felt like you were being punched in the face while watching this game; Dale Weise actually did.

In what was the first game back home following an uneven road trip, the Vancouver Canucks fell to the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 4-2. We all know what type of game the Yotes like to play; a low-event, risk-free brand of hockey. Given the way their roster is assembled, it's a necessity for them if they have any hope of succeeding.

What we saw on Tuesday night was what will often happen when the other team obliges them in playing that sort of game, succumbing to their style. I'll give you a hint: it's not pretty.

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The Canucks against teams outside the Northwest

Cam Charron
February 26 2013 03:43PM

The Canucks are an elite team even without beating up on inferior Northwest Division clubs

With all the talk about re-alignment, some of it has focused on the "man, the Canucks are going to be moved to a division with real hockey teams?" It's been unfair for the last several years that no opponent in hockey's Northwest Division has really given the Canucks any competition whatsoever for the division crown.

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Game #19 Preview: Coyotes @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
February 26 2013 11:26AM

The Canucks go up against Shane Doan for the first time since he rebuffed their advances in the offseason.

I think it's safe to say that the Vancouver Canucks have had better roadtrips than the 4-gamer they just completed on Sunday night. Sure, they went 2-2 - which is respectable, especially given the level of competition they faced - but it was a trip that featured one of the worst games I've watched in a long time (Nashville), a game in which their goaltender had to put forth a herculean effort just to steal one point (Chicago), and a game in which they got rocked for 8 goals against (Detroit).

It's a thing of the past, though, and they now hope to restore normalcy with some home cookin'. They play host to the Phoenix Coyotes, who also happen to be coming off of an embarrasing effort in their most recent game; they gave up 2 goals in the final 83 seconds en route to blowing a lead against the hilariously mediocre Calgary Flames.

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