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10-13-2009, 01:30 PM
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Iain MacIntyre is speculating a torn knee ligament with Salo gone for 4 weeks.
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:
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.

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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