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10-13-2009, 12:30 PM
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Iain MacIntyre is speculating a torn knee ligament with Salo gone for 4 weeks.
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The Canucks were still waiting late Monday for results from a MRI test on the defenceman’s right knee, which suffered ligament damage on Salo’s third shift in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout win against the Dallas Stars.

It was Vancouver’s fifth game of the National Hockey League season, so Sami was due. And given the amount of pain the 35-year-old Finn was in and how feebly he hobbled through one brief shift after the injury, the over/under for the suspected MCL tear should be about four weeks.
He sees the possible replacements as follows:
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Extra defenceman Aaron Rome will take Salo’s lineup spot Friday in Calgary, although the Canucks will likely call up a defenceman from the minors. Lawrence Nycholat suffered a separated shoulder with the Manitoba Moose, so the top recall candidates are Michael Funk and Evan Oberg.
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/h...286/story.html

It is tough to replace Salo as we saw last year. The Canucks were 9-10-3 last season during Salo’s four separate lineup absences, and 36-17-7 when he played. Couple that with the loss of one half of the Sedin duo and......

Rick Bowness seems to think the team will pull together:

“You take two key guys out and everyone knows the margin for error gets a lot slimmer,” assistant coach Rick Bowness said. “So that gets everyone’s attention. Everyone becomes more responsible with and without the puck.

“It’s always a team game. But when you lose two key guys — forward and defence — it becomes even more of a team game.”

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