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Loui Eriksson Sidelined 4-6 Weeks with a Knee Sprain

Yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks recalled centre Michael Chaput from the Utica Comets. This morning, they put Loui Eriksson on Injured Reserve. Now, three days after Eriksson first went down with a knee injury one shift into his game against the Calgary Flames, we have some clarity on the embattled wingers status.

Now, hours ahead of the Canucks road match against the Ottawa Senators, head coach Travis Green has confirmed that Eriksson has a knee sprain that will keep him from the Canucks lineup for four-to-six weeks. This, just mere days after the Canucks revealed that Alexander Edler had an MCL sprain that would keep him from the lineup for a similar duration of time.

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Eriksson sustained the injury driving the Flames net trying to create an odd-man rush in the first period of Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Flames. Flames winger Tanner Glass gave Eriksson a shove at about the hashmarks, and Eriksson lost control, crashing into the yawning cage. Eriksson went to the Canucks room immediately after the play. A few minutes later, Eriksson emerged from the tunnel, took a trial lap during an ad break, but deemed that he wasn’t in good enough shape to play.

In four games with the Canucks this season, Eriksson has one assist and two shots on goal. Eriksson, who’s in the second year of a six-year deal with the Canucks that runs at $6-million against the salary cap. The pressure is on for Eriksson to find his game as a Canuck, a year after scoring just 11 goals. Unfortunately, the renaissance is going to have to wait.

  • Gregthehockeynut

    This seemed like a reckless somewhat dirty play by Glass that caused this injury. I think the unofficial phasing out of enforcers by the league without stringent enough calls to deter agitators leads to this kind of stuff. They call the slashing way too picky a lot of games but are hit and miss on plays where guys really get hurt (Mcdavid getting run into the boards last year}. So it’s either unleash the old school enforcers {not happening} or tighter post game reviews/suspensions to clean this [email protected]!t up!

    • crofton

      I thought it was worthy of a penalty also, but not only that there was none called, they took the faceoff outside the zone, which says they thought it was Loui’s fault that the net got dislodged.

    • Dirty30

      Unfortunately it’s one of those bargaining proof contracts and Loui either gets hurt or retires in frustration because there’s not a team out there that could take that salary on and benefit. It was a bad move by all parties and hurts him in his choices as much as the Canucks. Really have to wonder what JB was thinking with that contract.

    • crofton

      Cheering because a man got hurt? That’s pretty low, especially as the only thing you could have against him is that a) he was signed and b) you think he gets paid too much

  • johnno

    Pretty sad the level of vindictive or non caring attitudes towards Loui. Sure he’s a bust at that price and term, but that’s the curse of the Canucks.

    Forget the goalie graveyard tag, Vancouver is also a scorers burial ground – Demitra (rip), Smolinski, Vrbata, and now Eriksson all suffered from signing for the Canucks, it comes with the territory, unless your name is Anson Carter!