Canucks Blue Line hurting.. again
So, today the Canucks announced that Alex Edler would potentially miss the rest of the season after requiring back surgery.
So what else is new?
The last four or five years have been a revolving door to the injury ward for Canucks defencemen, and this season is no different.
Keith Ballard, Christian Ehrhoff, and Dan Hamhuis have already missed time with injuries this season, Sami Salo has yet to play this season, and the Canucks will now be without the services of Aaron Rome, Andrew Alberts, and Edler, who was the top pairing defenceman.
Kevin Bieksa has only missed one game, due to the flu, but even he is nursing a swollen eye going into the allstar break.
Abracadbra. All the defensive depth Mike Gillis had been trumpeting since training camp is gone.
The Canucks D lineup, if Rome, Alberts and Edler are out for significant amounts of time will include Bieksa, Ehrhoff, Ballard, and Hamhuis and then it's new callups Lee Sweatt and Chris Tanev who have a combined six NHL games experience between them.
The top four admittedly doesn't sound all that bad when you consider that Hamhuis, Bieksa and Ehrhoff have been solid this year, but what about Keith Ballard?
The dude gets somewhere around fourteen minutes a night; not exactly all star minutes.
He doesn't have the trust of Alain Vigneault, even though he has played good hockey, and has delivered some of the biggest hits this season.
However, Ballard is caught out of position some times, much to the chagrin of his head coach.
Besides the fact, what if there is one more injury? What if Ehrhoff or Hamhuis goes down with a high ankle sprain? Then you're praying for Sami Salo to come back.
Let's talk a little about Slammin Sami. First off, he's no spring chicken. He's 35. Even if he does magically come back this year, you have to think his first ten or so games are going to be limited minutes. How effective can he be, coming off one of the biggest injuries of his career? (Not counting the nut shot last year)
So, is the defensive depth the Canucks wanted there? Not really. Lets hope the all star break gives some of the bottom pairing guys time to heal up.