The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they have granted Rick Rypien in indefinate leave of absence for personal matters.
The team released a short press release today, which states "Rick is a valued member of the organization and the club will continue to support Rick in every way possible."
The club has declined to make any further comments at this time.
BOLDUC ON THE ICE
Alex Bolduc participated in his first full team practice since spraining his ankle in the home opener on October 9th.
“He had a couple of good days in training camp, but then he got hurt in the first game and hasn’t been back since,” said head coach Alain Vigneault when asked if he had a timeframe in mind for Bolduc’s return. “He’s going to practice with the team a couple more times, and then we’re going to have to figure out what we’re going to do. It’s been hard to get a true evaluation of what he can do at this level.”
Bolduc missed 35 games at the end of last season with a shoulder injury in a year where he split time in Winnipeg and Vancouver.
“It’s frustrating because you feel that you can play, but if you come back too early you’re putting yourself in a worse position,” he said.
KESLER NETS 100
26 year-old Ryan Kesler scored his 100th goal last night, the game winner against the Colorado Avalanche.
This was the centre’s tenth goal of the season and his 13th career game winning goal.
"It's not that big of a deal," Kesler said after the game. "It's 100, obviously it's a nice milestone, but it's all from hard work, my line has been working really hard and it's good to get a greasy one like that."
The goal was initially thought to be tapped in by Jeff Tambellini, but after a review, it was determined that the puck actually went off of the back of goalie, Peter Budaj’s helmet.
“I think if I touched it, it wouldn’t have counted,” said Tambellini when asked if he was disappointed that he was denied a goal in his first game back. “So I’m glad I didn’t get a piece of that.”
Kesler and Tambellini were paired on a slightly revamped second line with Mason Raymond.
“Right of the start we had a couple of good shifts,” said Tambellini. “Moved the puck well, you always hope your first period is strong. The two guys are elite players in this league, and they pass the puck and protect it so well it’s pretty easy to rebound.”
“I think we have a young man who is very motivated,” he said. “He’s has a couple kicks at the can. I feel that his skill set should put him in an offensive role. He’s got speed, a good release, he sees the ice well.”
BURROWS BACK IN COMFORT ZONE
Alex Burrows scored his first goal in six games last night and added an assist on Daniel Sedin’s goal. Burrows’ two points and strong play earned him the game’s first star honours.
Since undergoing shoulder surgery over the summer, Burrows is still looking to get back to the level of play that saw him record 67 points and lead the team in scoring with 35 goals.
“My legs are a little better than earlier on,” Burrows said. “I think my team played really well, and that’s really important. Everyone chipped in a worked hard, we did a lot of things right, keeping our shifts short, and playing well defensively, that way offense will come.”
“We need him to be a real good two way hockey player, and real solid on the penalty killing,” said coach V. “It’s unfortunate when a player doesn’t have training camp, it seems that it takes them a little bit longer to find their rhythm.”
"Obviously, I want to help the team," Burrows told Iain MacIntye of the Vancouver Sun after last night’s game. "Everybody on our team feels like that. They want to do well; they want to do good things to help the team win games. When you feel you can do better and you're not playing well enough, you have to dig deep and refocus and work hard. That's what I've been trying to do. Hank told me just to relax and play my game. It seemed to work tonight."