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Canucks Report - Demitra fractures finger

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks


The Canucks fell 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens last night at the hands of the Habs goaltender Jaroslav Halak. The team returns to Vancouver today with a 3-1-0 record on their four-game, cross Canada road trip.

Forward Pavol Demitra suffered a fractured finger on his left hand from an unpenalized slash during last night's game at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The Slovakia native missed three games in late January with a groin strain, returning for February 3rd game against Carolina. Since then Demitra has made his presence known, playing on a line with Ryan Kesler and Mats Sundin, he has tallied 11 points (3-8-11) in 10 games.

Although Demitra sported a heavily bandaged finger after the game, GM Mike Gillis did not believe that the injury is too serious.

"He broke the tip, but he should be fine," said Gillis. "We'll have him re-evaluated when we get home and we should know more by Thursday."

Winger Jannik Hansen is out 3-4 weeks with a fractured finger, sustained during the February 19th game in Ottawa. Centre Ryan Johnson missed 20 games earlier in the season with a fractured finger and foot. Johnson is still experiencing problems with his index figner that has not healed fully.


Player agent J.P. Barry was in Montreal visiting his various clients. Barry represents Henrik and Daniel Sedin as well as Mattias Ohlund, Mats Sundin, and Mason Raymond.

Gillis and assistant GM Laurence Gilman dined Monday night with Barry, an assistant and the Sedins. Both Henrik and Daniel's contracts end this year and they are eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1.

The Sedins, who were drafted by the Canucks second and third overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, have expressed a desire to stay in Vancouver. Daniel leads the team in scoring with 59 points (25-34-59) in 60 games and Henrik is a close second with 57 points (12-45-57) having also played 60 games this season.

Discussions are ongoing between Canucks management and Barry.
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