So what’s all the fuss? Injuries are part of game, that’s why you cultivate your farm team.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis has done a good job of trying to re-stock a depleted farm system, and we all know injuries are going to occur in a season. But so many, so early, it did catch me by surprise.
But I’m sure Vancouver’s management has been planning all summer for the inevitable.
No I’m not talking about Sami Salo, poor guy. His injuries are a yearly thing you can set your calendar to.
What I’m referring to is the condensed schedule this year due to the Olympics, which see the 'Nucks on a nine game road trip before and six games after.
That must be, like, the longest road trip in NHL history!
That’s where the injuries will take their toll.
The team would need at a minimum nine defensemen, with the seven through nine being able to fill the five or six spot.
What the injuries also cause is cap room problems. But that’s what teams' capologists are for, but that’s for another day.