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Horvat out up to six weeks for Canucks with fractured foot

Center injured against Hurricanes on Tuesday

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat will be out up to six weeks because of a fractured foot.

Horvat was injured with 11:10 remaining in the third period of a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Canucks said the 22-year-old will be seen by a specialist Thursday.

"We don't know a timeline for sure yet, but it's going to be multiple weeks, up to six weeks," coach Travis Green said.

Horvat has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 28 games. He is Vancouver's second-leading scorer behind rookie right wing and linemate Brock Boeser (25 points), and leads Canucks forwards with an average ice time of 18:36 per game. He plays in front of the net on the top power play and kills penalties.

The No. 9 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Horvat has 137 points (59 goals, 78 assists) in 259 games with the Canucks. He led Vancouver with 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 81 games last season, the first time since 2005-06 someone other than Daniel Sedin or Henrik Sedin led them in scoring.

"With Bo out, we are going to need a lot of different guys to step up and fill that void," said center Sam Gagner, who could move into Horvat's spot on the top line. "With what Bo brings to game, it's unfillable, but different guys have to step up."

Vancouver also is without center Brandon Sutter, who will miss his sixth straight game because of an undisclosed injury when the Canucks play the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Arena on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, NBCSP, NHL.TV). Sutter is expected to be out another week, according to Green.

"It's a big challenge, a big hole," Green said. "Both those guys provide a lot to our team, both of them play against top lines and they are both good on face-offs."

Vancouver recalled forward Michael Chaput and goaltender Thatcher Demko from Utica of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Green said center Alexander Burmistrov, who has five points (one goal, four assists) in 17 games and was a healthy scratch the past three and 10 of the past 13, will play Thursday.

"It's a good opportunity for someone else to step up," Green said. "Next in line."

Chaput, 25, has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 20 AHL games this season. He has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 126 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Canucks. Chaput was selected by the Flyers in the third round (No. 89) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Demko was called up for NHL salary cap considerations, Green said. Demko's salary cap charge of $925,000, according to, moves them closer to the upper limit of the salary cap, which allows them to maximize their use of the space afforded to them with forward  Derek Dorsett ($2.65 million salary cap charge) placed on long-term injured reserve. Dorsett is no longer able to play because of a neck injury.

Demko is 8-5-2 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 15 AHL games this season.

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