The Canucks had an optional skate this morning at Rogers Arena before departing for San Jose today in preparation for Game 3 of the Western Conference Final series with the Sharks.
Mikael Samuelsson has undergone successful surgery to repair his abductor tendon and sports hernia. Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Samuelsson will not be returing to Vancouver's line-up for the remainder of the playoffs.
Vigneault was also quite out-spoken about the NHL not suspending Sharks forward Ben Eager for his hit from behind on Daniel Sedin in Game 2. Among his quotes:
"He went out and tried to hurt a player, a potential MVP. That's how their coach wants him to play. He ran our goalie. There's nothing really we can do about it."
"You don't want players running around trying to hurt people. It's evident by him challenging the bench, him challenging the bench at the end of the period, and his coach saying that's how he wants him to play. I hope nothing bad happens because some people are going to have to pay for it."
Henrik Sedin had the quote of the day. When asked if he saw the woman wearing a #33 Sedin jersey beside the Sharks penalty box flash Eager last night, he replied "It wasn't my wife".
Alex Bolduc will be making the trip with the Canucks to San Jose. He is the only one of the players called up from the Manitoba Moose who will be joining the team on the road.
Update on Samuelsson
The Vancouver Canucks announced today that Mikael Samuelsson will not be returning to the lineup this post-season.
Samuelsson suffered an injury to his left leg in Game 5 against Nashville and recently underwent surgery to repair his adductor tendon and sports hernia. The surgery was successful but coach Vigneault couldn’t speculate about the winger’s recovery time.
“He’s out indefinitely,” confirmed Vigneault on Thursday.
Samuelsson missed seven games this season, some of which were attributed to a groin injury. As one of only two players who have won the Stanley Cup in the Vancouver locker room, the Canucks will miss the winger’s veteran experience.
“He’s gone all the way," said Henrik Sedin. " He’s won it before.The way he played last year…we’re certainly going to miss him, but I think we have other guys who can step up."