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Sven Baertschi Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Jaw

When it rains, it pours on the injury front.

Travis Green announced today that Sven Baertschi would be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured jaw, after getting hit in the face by a puck in Saturday’s game against Calgary.

This is, needless to say, terrible news. The Canucks are already missing Bo Horvat for up to six weeks, meaning that they’ll be without two thirds of their top line until some point in January. Very few teams would be able to withstand such a blow, and the Canucks didn’t exactly have league-beating depth to begin with.

Baertschi sits third on the team in both goals (8) and points (18, tied with Thomas Vanek) in 30 games played, and is fourth among regulars in 5-on-5 points per hour, accumulating his point totals in just 15:57 average minutes of ice time. Like Horvat, Baertschi has been among the team leaders at drawing penalties, with seven drawn at evens so far. He has, however, taken five minors himself, but still remains on the positive side of the ledger in that regard.

Things are about to get a lot trickier for Travis Green and his staff. Brandon Sutter should be returning in a week or so, but he’ll hardly put a dent in the loss of the offence that the Canucks are suffering right now. This seems like it will be an extended opportunity for Goldobin t show what he can do at the NHL level, but it could also open a door for Reid Boucher. The diminutive sniper is tied for second in the AHL in goals with 13, and has been an integral component in Utica’s top-ten power play.

The Canucks are at a bit of a crossroads in their season, and missing two of their best offensive players for long stretches could send them into a tailspin if they don’t get a few heroic performances and a fair amount of luck.

    • Me

      I agree. I think the Canucks have proven themselves on the right track. I’m not dead set on a bottom 5 finish this year, but I think the long-term health of the organization would be aided if they are clearly out of the playoff race before the trade deadline. It’s always a lottery shot anyhow, and we’ve shown we can’t win with a 30% chance. Maybe we’ll do better with a 5-10% chance.

      Even without Dahlin there are plenty of good options and Benning and co. have shown they can pick up real gems in the later rounds. At the beginning of the year I saw most of the FA additions as good candidates to flip at the deadline, so I hope that was the plan all along.

  • apr

    Maybe a blessing in disguise and he takes less money and term in a contract year. I still don’t really know what we have in Baertshi, and we have Lind, Gadjovich, Palmu, Dahlen, Gaudette, and EP chomping at the bit next year, or year after.

  • El Kabong

    Not really upset about these injuries. Should drop us out of play-off contention, which this is not a bad thing. We’re positioned to make some good moves at the deadline to much improve our future so I’m OK with one more year of missing the play-offs. The draft position isn’t the big pay-off that Team Tank would say but we have a chance to move some assets for real future pieces or picks. Come on and tell me it hasn’t been fun watching the young guys on the team!!!!!

    • Dirk22

      “the draft position isn’t the big pay-off that Team Tank would say”….except for y’know Elias Pettersson, one of the best prospects in hockey… but other than that!

  • TD

    Be good for their next pick, but I’m going to miss the entertaining games we’ve had so far. Boeser’s the scorer, but Horvat drove the play. With 2/3 of that line missing, every other line will get worse matchups. Not the talent left to play the same way.

  • Ragnarok Ouroboros

    This doesn’t leave me hopefull for their playoff future. I can’t believe how many injuries the Canucks have suffered over the last 3 or so years. Two games ago Canucks were 6th in the Western Conference standings, now they are 11th. After losing 2/3 of their first line, I can only see them falling further in the standings. The Canucks clearly don’t have depth, and even if 3 of their top 6 prospects make the NHL they still need more depth to replace the Sedins next year. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise, which will allow the Canucks to draft top 5 again.

  • myshkin

    This really sucks for Sven since he’s playing for a contract. he should play like a man possessed when he returns because there are literally millions of dollars at stake.

  • Dirty30

    Not sure about the “heroic effort” but one could at least expect the highly-touted/compensated vets to show up and do their job with some degree of competency. Gagner, MDZ and Vanek looked a lot like the Prust, Higgins and Vrbata trifecta from seasons past — “Who me?” — “Was that my check?” — “Where’s my cheque?”

    BTW: best article here in a long time … greatly appreciated.

  • The Golden Knights are proving that you don’t need elite players to win games, you need a good, aggressive team. I hope Green abandons the Desjardins defense-first strategy and instructs the forwards to play an all-out offensive game because we’re definitely going to lose in a defensive game. Time for veterans like Eriksson, Vanek, Gagner, and Burmistrov to set up and show their experience.