Did Mike Gillis Jinx His Players?
It’s bizarre how an innocuous comment, statement or sentence can sometimes come back and haunt a person.
On January 11th 2011 the Canucks were due to start a 5 game road trip and had just won four of its previous 5 games, the only loss was in the shootout to an injury plagued Detroit side.
Until this point in the season Vancouver had managed to only endure a few minor player injuries. A year earlier the team was struck by the injury bug that for a while meant that there were a total of eight players in the sickbay at any one time.
Then on January 11th Mike Gillis recorded part one of an interview for Canucks TV called “From The Top With Kristin Reid”. During the interview he discusses his teams success so far. At 2:20 minutes into the video Kristin Reid asks about Sami Salo, Gillis gives an update on his recovery.
The conversation then moves on to how management plans to fit Salo’s salary under the cap. At around the 3:49 mark, Mike Gillis utters these fateful words “ We are unsure what the future holds, you could play a game tonight and someone could get injured.”
“Or you could play a game three nights later and not one but two players get injured.”
On January the 14th during a game against Washington, defenseman Bolduc suffered a shoulder injury while d-man Rome sprained his MCL. Then 2 days later another defenseman Andrew Alberts fell victim to a shoulder ailment, against the Wild.
Perhaps the most severe affliction to a Canuck player and most detrimental to the squad happened on the 24th, when Alex Edler injured his back which resulted in him requiring surgery.
Edler has undoubtedly been the best Canuck defenseman this year; his absence will leave a huge gap. The Swedish rear guards recovery is estimated to be 8-10 weeks, or it could be much longer. Luckily Alberts and Rome took their first practice on Monday, so they might return sooner than anticipated.
Maybe next time Mike Gillis does an interview he will not tempt fate!
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