Shane O'Brien is the latest addition to the Canucks infirmary after last night's game against the Edmonton Oilers. O'Brien fell victim to a high impact hit from 6'3" enforcer, Zack Stortini.
"He went out of his way to get me and that's his job so you've got to give him credit," said O'Brien. "I don't think it was a dirty hit."
He left with just 40 seconds remaining in the first period and tried to skate in the second period but the pain prevented him from playing the rest of the game.
"At the time, I knew it was a charlie horse but it was kind like a shooting pain that was going up to the top of my inner groin and I didn't want to risk that. If the puck was turned over and I had to turn real quick, the next thing you know it's a pulled groin or something like that."
O'Brien came to rink Thursday morning to see the Canucks medical staff and is optimistic about the extent of the injury, despite walking with a visible limp.
"It feels really good today and I'll probably go to practice tomorrow and be ready for Saturday hopefully."
I don't really understand why people think Luongo is out long term, he's week to week and although that's incredibly non-descriptive I can't see him being out for more than another 4 weeks. Even if it's 8 weeks it's not really important so long as we make the playoffs.
Johnson is a trooper. He'll be back within a month, but depending on what Gillis does, I think we may have seen the last of Salo in a Canuck uniform. I'm sure Gillis could persuade him to waive his NTC to play on the Eastcoast where it's not as physical.
Sad about Salo. This guy is a top 2 D man on most teams and the Canucks are a better team when he's in the lineup. But is he injury prone or what ? Must be hard for him to deal with every return to the lineup being shortlived and ending with another injury.