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Alexander Edler Sidelined 4-6 Weeks With MCL Sprain

Thursday night’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets provided a sample of what the Canucks lineup looks like without Alexander Edler. A lower-body injury sustained in a board battle with Mark Scheifele about halfway through the first period of Thursday’s tilt forced Edler from the game, and he never returned.

Canucks head coach Travis Green didn’t have any answers after that game, but at the end of today’s game-day skate he revealed that Edler has sustained an MCL sprain that will keep him from the Canucks’ lineup for the next 4-6 weeks. Edler had been playing with Chris Tanev on the Canucks’ top pair and was in a premier role in both phases of special teams.

As Edler leaves the Canucks lineup, opportunity beckons for the Canucks newest blueliner, Derrick Pouliot. The Canucks acquired Pouliot at the end of training camp in a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Pouliot, 23, has played in 67 NHL games to this point in his career and amassed 14 points in that time (two goals and 12 assists).

The Canucks face the Calgary Flames tonight on Hockey Night in Canada at 7 PM Pacific.



  • El Kabong

    Its weird being a Canuck fan and thinking that Edler’s injury is a good thing. We get to see what this team can do without him and it gives one of our young defensemen a chance to step up.

  • wojohowitz

    Pouliot is going to make Subban look good. How to spell Wiercioch and some fake news; Canucks call up LaBate and Archibald for grit and Boucher and Goldobin for scoring.

  • Troubling news. This sort of thing happens often, playing against the Winnipeg Jets. Jets play a heavy game, even without Big Buff, and injuries follow. We lost Edler, Edmonton lost Draisaitl.

    I wonder who got called up from Utica. My guess is Holm.

    • Rusty bucket

      My guess is that no one gets a call up as they already have Beiga and Pouliot up. Better question is who will play top pairing with Tanev. Judging from previous deployment, it’ll be Del Zotto.

      • jaybird43

        Del zotto pairing makes sense. Lets hope they keep Hutton and Stetcher together, as they finally looked a bit cohesive last game. Tough to saddle Pouliot with Guddy, but I see that as the third pairing right now …

    • Killer Marmot

      It might not even be a defenseman. The Canucks had two defensemen and one forward on their roster as healthy scratches. They could use this opportunity to go to the more typical one and two.

  • Larionov18

    Ah Well..its not like the Canucks were playoff bound anyways. Let’s hope Pouliot looks good. Certainly wont replace Edler but we will see what we have with him anyways.

  • Freud

    Pouliot didn’t earn his spot.

    That’s how we were told the roster was created during the pre-season. That’s how Boeser and Virtanen not being in Utica was justified.

    Biega must go in instead, he earned it much more than Pouliot.

  • speering major

    That was such an awkward and forced attempt at a hit

    You never want to see anyone get hurt but at least this will give us a chance to see the prospects and help our chances in the lottery

  • Missing Kes

    This guy is made of potato chips and hasn’t played a full 82 game season since 2011-12. Like the Sedins time to cut bait asap and bring in some new, fresh exciting talent like the Olil and Laffs to try and save us from losing the team. Don’t believe me… have a look at he last home game and read the cold hard truth here…
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/canucks-tickets-merchandise-sales-hit-historic-lows-1.3911642

    Too bad so many yappers here don’t support the team with their wallets eh!

    • Beer Can Boyd

      You may have missed this, but the Canuck ticket costs are among the highest in the NHL. Which is why the rink is mostly populated by rich folk who can afford to go to games. Most fans, including the yappers, have been frozen out. So, we watch on tv, and comment on here. Also, you sound a lot like a yapper yourself.

      • DJ_44

        While i agree with the high prices. If you want to see a game, now is the time. Most of the lower bowl empty seats are season ticket holders, often purchased as a long term investment. Upper bowl seats bought o craigslist or scalpers are cheap….. 40 to 80 with no services fees or taxes (FO ticker master).
        I now live downtown and can by singles … I am going lots this year.
        Check it out.

      • Missing Kes

        If you read the linked CBC piece you will SEE that tickets are as low as 20 bucks… surely even peasant yappers like you can afford that instead of ripping off the team by watching (online) for free and then having the audacity to talk about it on here like your opinion has any merit while the franchise is going down the tubes.