The Vancouver Canucks have already been decimated by injuries this season, and they’ll have to contend with another one down the stretch drive.
According to Dan Murphy of Sportsnet, Canucks’ center Ryan Kesler is heading back to Vancouver to undergo testing on his right leg, after a knee-on-knee collision with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jim Slater in the second period of Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout win for the Canucks. Slater was given a minor penalty for tripping.
The Canucks are currently on a four-game road trip. Just last week, it appeared as if Kesler, after a report came out that he requested a trade, which he denied, was on his way out of Vancouver by way of a blockbuster deal at the March 5 deadline.
That, however, didn’t happen and he’ll remain with the Canucks for the remainder of this season.
Right now, Daniel Sedin, the team’s top-line winger, is also on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury during the Heritage Classic earlier this month.