UPDATE (1:24 PST): Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault has confirmed that Ryan Kesler has fractured his foot. When asked on how long Kesler would be out, Vigneault said that he's not sure how long he'll be out, but any fracture generally takes 4-6 weeks to recover from. If Kesler is indeed out for the next 4-6 weeks, he could return for the final 3-4 weeks of the season in April. Andrew Ebbett is expected to come back with the team in place of Kesler.
It's been a chaotic morning for the Canucks, starting with the team placing Aaron Volpatti on waivers, possibly to open a roster spot for Steve Pinizzotto, who is coming off injured non-roster status. Now, reports are surfacing from practice that Ryan Kesler is wearing an air cast after suffering a broken foot.
Kesler did not practice with the team, and there is no word yet on how serious the injury is. According to his agent, Kesler broke his foot three games ago against Dallas while blocking a shot. Kesler has played in each of the three games since the February 21st contest against the Stars. Last night against Phoenix, Kesler spent 19:07 on ice. After registering two assists in the 4-3 win over Dallas, Kesler has just one point in the last three games.
This news comes as a blow to fans, who were excited to see Kesler return to the ice after missing the first 12 games of the season recovering from off-season shoulder and wrist surgeries. Seems like this guy just can't catch a break.
Also on Wednesday, Manny Malhotra spoke to media for the first time since being placed on injured reserve two weeks ago. Malhotra was shut down because the team was concerned about the eye injury Malhotra suffered two years ago after being hit by a puck. Malhotra said that he did not agree with Canucks GM Mike Gillis' decision, and that he didn't feel as if he was at risk. He went on to add that he felt comfortable with his abilities, and while it was tough to be shut down, he is happy to be around the team agian. Today at practice while Kesler was out, Malhotra was on the ice skating with teammates.
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