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Derek Dorsett returned to Vancouver with neck and back stiffness

According to a statement from the team, Derek Dorsett has been returned to Vancouver as symptoms of neck and back soreness flared up. The team, of course, is about to kick off a six-game road trip in Philadelphia tonight and won’t return to Vancouver until Nov. 30.

Dorsett has been an incredible story. After just 14 games in 2016-17, Dorsett had neck surgery that appeared to potentially be career-threatening. When playing, he would feel a numbness after taking or giving hit and it progressively got worse as the season went on.

But he had his surgery, worked hard to recover and get back into game shape, and came flying out of the gates with the Canucks this season. Through 20 games, he already potted seven goals, already tied for the second-most in a single season in his career.

This is an unfortunate setback for Dorsett. While you can debate his contract, his usage on the team, or how sustainable his scoring has been, his comeback story has been pretty incredible. Obviously we all hope that Dorsett can get back on the ice with the Canucks sooner rather than later.

  • Laxbruh15

    This could be it for dorsett if it doesn’t clear up soon. He’s been great but he probably should have gone on ir after his surgery. It’s pretty risky to keep playing. If it does get better though and he wants to play, he should be allowed to. It’s his decision.

    • tyhee

      ” … he probably should have gone on ir after his surgery.” …

      Dorsett was placed on injured reserve November 22, 2016 and didn’t come off it until the end of the season. His surgery was Dec. 5, 2016.

  • StraightShooter

    A true gamer and a warrior, but also as dumb as a bag of hammers. It was so obvious the way Derek continued to play after that major surgery that he was going to relapse. It’s like blowing out your knees snowboarding, getting them fixed then immediately hitting the slopes again for the extreme winter games.

    Enjoy your retirement Dorse, you earned it, sorry there was no one else on the club you back you up man. Think of your health and family now. Respect.

  • Fred-65

    Not good. If you look for a replacement on the team ..there is none. H’es unique player on the current roster. Plus Archibald has just under gone facial surgery

  • Ragnarok Ouroboros

    Guy needs to stop fighting. He needs to think about his future after hockey and his family. Dorsett has played well as a player, and doesn’t need the fighting in his game.

      • Erik Lonnrot

        You’re probably right, unfortunately. It seems like it’s the only way he knows how to play. So he should probably hang them up before he does permanent damage.

  • Rodeobill

    At the beginning of the season I was hoping he would out of the roster. How he was used by WD, coupled with the fact that I did not want to see someone get buggered up for the rest of their life made me hope for others on the roster. I really have grown on him this season, the comeback, the goals, his usage, and he is all smiles this year (although sometimes devious calvin and hobbes mischievous ones sometimes). He really has turned into the working class hero on our team. I hope he is ok, and if he comes back (i think he will), it will be safe and healthy.

  • sloth

    Ughh I feel like we’ve been waiting for this ever since his whole comeback narrative started straying into “too-good-to-be-true” territory. Cruel be thy hockey gods. Hopefully it’s not as bad as I’m assuming, but this is a pretty scary development. I dread the potential fallout if this is a long-term problem – it could be hard not to appear negligent in clearing his return once hindsight provides more clarity on the situation…

  • canuckfan

    Dorsett has been the energy that got the Canucks off to a good start he has been fearless and has skated like the wind and kept some of the top players in the league off the score board. It is obvious how much he loves the game as he gives it his all from start to finish and battles for his team mates against foes who are much larger than he is. I wish him all the best and hope that he comes back and is just a strain. He has inspired this team they will play for him while he is sidelined. Hope that Jake sees what it takes to be a professional to give it your all every shift when you don’t have the talent that some of the elite in the league have you come out and play with your heart and push through any obstacle in your way such as Dorsett and Burrows have throughout their career. If Jake plays with heart and energy he will become an elite player who can skate, check, score all while playing physical hammering opposition players into the boards when the opportunity arises. Man this is fun watching the team get some success. All the games won’t go in our favour but when they do it is fun.
    Erikssons curse is over started with scoring on his own empty net and now that he has potted an empty net goal at the other end he is going to take off. We are going to win a cup for Dorsett there is no stopping the Canucks now.

  • Moderated Post

    So I’m not the only one that thought this news was rather serious… For Dorsett’s sake I hope the stiffness is unrelated to the previous injury, and that he takes this opportunity to think about life beyond the game. He’s already proved that he’s tough enough.