That didn’t take long, did it? A quarter of the way into the new season, and Alex Edler - Mr Norris himself - has his latest long-term injury:
Defenceman Alex Edler will undergo surgery today for a fractured index finger on his left hand. His expected recovery is 4-6 weeks. pic.twitter.com/xKkt4Kawqo— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 28, 2016
At this stage of the season, with every point crucial and with the coach’s future being scrutinised, this is bad news for the Canucks. Even if you’re no longer a fan of Edler, he’s a capable NHL player and is a big loss.
What else is happening around the league?
- We start out with my internet buddy Ryan Biech, who is really moving up in the world these days. He’s written a very timely piece on Troy Stecher, just as Edler’s injury was announced. [Canucks]
- We need Stecher to play well, especially if these are indeed our pairings:
Different look on defence with Edler out:— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 28, 2016
- Our next game sees Markus Granlund up against his brother, Mikael. How do brothers fare against each other? [Twin Cities]
- With everything Benning is saying, Bo Horvat’s extension is going to be a $5m job, long-term. I’m not quite comfortable with that, just yet. [Province]
- In light of Gerard Gallant’s (apparently) inevitable firing, The Score looked at three coaches who may also be in line for the chop. I swear on my mother’s life, I didn’t put them up to this. [The Score]
- The NHL injury fairies are killing players this season:
Jordan Staal suffered a concussion in the Panthers game, GM Ron Francis says. No time frame on his return, Francis says.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) November 28, 2016
- Let’s just casually ignore how much of a scumbag Nazem Kadri is, right NHL? [NHL]
- Is there any way at all we could poach Ryan Strome off the Islanders? Having a Horvat-Strome 1-2 combo in future would be dynamite.
Talked to Ryan Strome after skate. He was at a loss for words over his benching, which is a surprise. Most talkative player on the team.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) November 28, 2016
Even during the playoff benching last season Strome was upbeat. Sounded very unsure of his current situation.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) November 28, 2016
- 12 goals in 21 games this season. 537 in his career. 32nd all-time in goals scored. 5th all-time in goals per games played? 31 years of age? And only NOW do you think of even more ways to score? Damn, this guy needs a Cup. [NHL]
- Signs the Cold War is officially over: this headline doesn’t strike fear the way it once did. And I want more KHL players over here, because Sipachyov would be a better option than Skille right now. [National Post]
- Who is leading the Calder race? While Laine is the sexier pick, I do believe Werenski will win if he keeps up his current pace. [NHL]
Question of the day: What would your pairings be for the next game?