Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

Mason Raymond will miss Game 7, could be out several months with fractured vertebra


Upon the first replay of Mason Raymond being driven awkwardly into the boards just seconds into Game 6, it was clear that something was wrong. The Vancouver Canucks have already shared their disgust regarding Johnny Boychuk’s hit in that play, but they probably won’t feel much better now that speculation is circling that Raymond will need quite some time to recover from that unlucky landing.

Various outlets indicate that Raymond won’t just miss Game 7 with his injury but will probably need between three and six months to recover. The injury has been referred to as a fractured vertebra (or more specifically a vertebra compression fracture).

It sounds like the league won’t review the hit, but even if they did, it would be tough to imagine a suspension resulting from this situation.

As with most hits that injure a player, both teams have very different viewpoints of the hit. This wasn’t one of those checks in which a defenseman takes a Fred Flinstone-like series of strides before he barrels into an opponent, though. Instead it was a moment that almost happened in slow motion and seemed like a very unlucky turn of events. Feel free to debate whether or not Boychuk’s intentions were malicious or not in the comments, but here is what members of both teams had to say.

“The referee said he lost his edge — I don’t know,” said Canucks captain Henrik Sedin. “I’m sure for one game, we can have guys step up and play those minutes.”

Boychuk claimed he didn’t know what occurred on the play.

“I have no clue what happened,” said Boychuk. “The ref was yelling at me to let him up. I tried to let him up, but he didn’t get up. I don’t even really remember the play. I don’t know what was wrong with him.”

While we will have to wait for more tangible details, Jeff Tambellini is the odds-on favorite to take Raymond’s spot in the lineup. To some, it won’t seem like a huge downgrade. While Raymond has eight points in 24 games and Tambellini doesn’t have any in five postseason games, they both count blazing speed as one of their biggest strengths. Raymond is a much more versatile player than Tambellini at this point in their careers and often ranks as a top-six forward, though, so there’s no denying that this is another tough blow for the Canucks’ banged up depth. When you consider how much their star players have been struggling, this could be a tough loss to take.

Here is video footage of that hit, for your own debating purposes.

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Derek Roy continues his career in Switzerland

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Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.

Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.

The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).

His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.

Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.

He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.


Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.