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Canucks Report: Plus two, minus one

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
Just when the Vancouver Canucks look to be getting healthier, Alex Burrows something something.

The forward returned to Vancouver Sunday morning to attend to personal matters and it’s unclear what the issue is, how long it will take to resolve and if Burrows will rejoin the team on this trip.

We definitely know it’s something though.

“It’s something good,” clarified coach Willie Desjardins, sort of.

If Burrows is unable to play Monday against Montreal, Hunter Shinkaruk could fill the void. Vancouver recalled the 21-year-old early Saturday and he took pre-game skate against the Maple Leafs, but was not in the line-up to face Toronto.

If he’s called upon against the Canadiens, he’ll be ready.

Both Brandon Prust and Luca Sbisa rejoined the Canucks, meeting them in Toronto Saturday and practicing with them Sunday.

For Prust, a former Canadiens forward, the fact he’s unable to play in the rink he once called home is painful, but at least his injury is healing. He feels good and said he’s roughly a week away from playing.

Sbisa doesn’t have a timetable quite as clear as Prust's. The defenceman, who injured his left ankle late in a game in Arizona, said he felt a lot better skating Sunday than he expected and although it’s a positive sign, he’s not rushing his return.

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