Thursday, February 23, 2006

New Look Defense

Canuck defenseman Mattias Ohlund is out of Olympic tournament with what doctors suspect are broken ribs.

The good news for Nucks fans is that Matty is expected to be out of action between seven and 10 days.

"It's not a serious injury," said team doctor Lannert Hovelius. "But he can't play in the next few days so we had to replace him. "There was nothing on the x-ray, but clinically, it's a fracture."

The injury occurred when Ohlund was checked from behind by Swiss forward Patric Della Rossa, lost his balance and slid into the boards in the second period on Wednesday.

There are reports within the TV and Radio coverage are Canuck defenseman Sami Salo was injured in the second period of a game with the USA. The reported injury is a separated shoulder. I must caution that I didn’t see the game and I have yet to find this injury reported in the print media.

Canuck defenseman Nolan Baumgartner reports this morning on the local radio shows that he is unsure if the foot he injured back on February 3rd in Calgary will be ready to go again when the Nucks resume play in Cowtown next Tuesday.

These reports on top of the known situation with Canuck top four defenseman Ed Jovanoski being out a minimum of six weeks after abdominal surgery in early February.

The Canuck blue line may look like this on Februray 28th when the Nucks return to NHL action against the Calgary Flames: Bryan Allen, Steve MacCarthy, Kevin Bieksa, Sven Butenschon, Tomas Mojzis and Prestin Ryan.

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