Vancouver Canucks: Rick Rypien Takes Personal Leave and Schaefer On Waivers

Kevin WContributor IINovember 25, 2010

Rick Rypien
Rick RypienJim McIsaac/Getty Images

For the second time in his career, Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has taken an indefinite personal leave from the team and the Canucks have refused to comment.

Rypien, 26, took a personal leave from the team back in 2008-09 which saw him miss 70 games.

Five games into the season, he contracted a virus that kept him out of the lineup before discovering he had a sports hernia tear at practice. He would have surgery on his hernia and that sidelined him for six weeks. 

In January 2009, when he was due to return from the surgery, it was announced by the club that he had taken a personal leave from the team.

Canucks assistant general manager Lorne Henning said at the time Rypien was given a leave to deal with injuries.

"It's just wearing on him nowthe injury part. He thought he was going to be ready and he tweaked it again, and it's frustrating for him. He just has to deal with the injuries. He's trying to take care of it and wrap his head around it."

He would return to practice on March 26, 2009 and then to the lineup on April 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks in a 2-1 overtime win.

Schaefer on unconditional waivers

After Peter Schaefer cleared regular waivers yesterday, he made the decision not to report to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, so the Canucks and Schaefer mutually agreed to terminate his contract. 

In order to do that, the team must first suspend Schaefer for a breach of contract, which he did by refusing to report to the Moose, and then place him on unconditional waivers. When Schaefer does clear, the Canucks would be able to terminate Schaefer's contract and grant his unconditional release.

Like regular waivers, Schaefer will clear in 24 hours on Friday at 9am PST if unclaimed. After clearing just a day earlier, it is unlikely that Schaefer will be claimed this time around on unconditional waivers, but should a team decide to, it will only cost them $125 US to do so compared to $7500 US on regular waivers.

Although Schaefer was unable to secure a job for the entire season, it was impressive that he made the team out of training camp over fellow tryouts Brendan Morrison and Darcy Hordichuk, after one year away from professional hockey. He should be proud of this achievement and Canucks fans should applaud him for that.