The boys are back in town and Alex Burrows is back ready to play.
Two days removed from returning from a seven-game, 12-day road trip, in which Vancouver went 5-1-1, the Canucks are back in action Monday night at Rogers Arena hosting Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
Coach John Tortorella spoke for nearly 15 minutes during his pre-morning skate media availability and he updated the status of five injured Canucks, beginning with Burrows.
The feisty winger hasn’t played since suffering a bruised foot on October 5th and him having been away so long has Torts’ expectations in check – he doesn’t have any.
“None,” said Torts, “I just want him to play.”
“You guys know Burr, you know what he’s going to bring, he’s dying to play and I think he’s going to give us a little jolt of enthusiasm, he’s a different personality and we need that. We’ll see where it goes.”
Educated guess puts Burrows on the second line with Mike Santorelli and Chris Higgins Monday night.
As for Vancouver’s other four injured skaters, namely Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen, Dale Weise and David Booth, Tortorella said the following:
“Schroeder is out for two months and will likely require a pin in his ankle.”
“Hansen is out probably three to four weeks, somewhere in that area.”
“Weise is probably three to four weeks.”
“Booth is more in the shorter area of week-to-week.”
Torts would specify parts of the body need healing for his injured players, just that the Canucks need to rally and overcome the obstacles.
“Of course it’s a challenge when you lose guys that have made your team and are within your 20, but you have to fill it and all teams go through injuries. It just gives opportunities to an Archibald and a chance for Pascal to come up here and play and let me know that, you know what, he is a depth guy and he is going to play some games here as we go through injuries. I like finding out about our depth and where we’re at.
“You can’t do anything about injuries, we’re going to have more, you just have to find a way to grab points and grind it out and find a way and get it done.”