Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lack will be in goal Saturday vs. the Flames.
Impact: Though he's now entrenched as the No. 1 goalie, Lack hasn't exactly gotten off to a good start with the Canucks, dropping three straight decisions. Though he's mostly been a victim of a lack of offensive support, he contributed to his own undoing in his most recent start Thursday against the Stars, surrendering five goals on just 17 shots.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL on Friday for a hit on the Dallas Stars' Brenden Dillon. Kassian received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit in the first period of the Stars' 6-1 victory over the Canucks.
Impact: Kassian has been suspended before for high-sticking and is considered a repeat offender. The suspension will cost him $32,104.
Nicklas Jensen - #46 - Left Wing - 6'2" - 202lbs
News: Jensen was recalled from AHL Utica by the Canucks on Friday.
Impact: Jensen, the 29th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has 21 goals and seven assists in 77 career AHL games. The Canucks were hoping he'd have an impact at the NHL level this season, but that hasn't exactly panned out, with Jensen spending the entire season in Utica before Friday. Once Zack Kassian returns from a three-game suspension next Friday, Jensen may be sent back to Utica.
News: Kassian has been suspended three games for his hit on Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon in Thursday's loss to the Stars, CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports.
Impact: Kassian was previously suspended for the first five games of the season, after he broke the jaw of Edmonton's Sam Gagner with a high stick in preseason play. With just 18 points through 59 games, Kassian has drawn more attention for his disciplinary hearings than his play. Assuming he serves the suspension immediately, Kassian will be back for next Friday's game (Mar. 14) in Washington.
News: Matthias impressed in his Canucks debut on Thursday, leading all players with seven shots on goal, while logging 16:24 of ice time.
Impact: Though the Canucks lost 6-1, coach John Tortorella praised Matthias, saying the 26-year-old was probably the team's best forward on Thursday. He centered the third line against Dallas, winning nine of 14 draws. Matthias has nine goals and 16 points in 60 games this season, and should give a boost to a Canucks team that has lost 11 of their last 12 games.
Alexander Edler - #23 - Defense - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Edler racked up an assist in Thursday's loss to Dallas. It was his first point in five games.
Impact: Edler only has 16 points in 46 games this season, putting him on pace for his worst offensive season since the 2007-08 campaign. He is a team-worst minus-27 this season, and has struggled to provide offense to a Canucks team that has lost 11 of their last 12 games.
News: Sedin was held off the scoresheet in Thursday's loss to Dallas, marking the 11th straight game the 33-year-old has gone without recording a point.
Impact: To say Sedin has been a disappointment would be an understatement, as the Canucks' captain hasn't been this ineffective since his first few seasons in the NHL. With the loss on Thursday, the Canucks have now dropped 11 of their last 12 games. "Its embarrassing to be standing here after every loss," Sedin said. To make matters worse, his brother Daniel is currently out of the lineup with a hamstring injury and isn't expected to return for about three weeks. It doesn't get much worse for Sedin fantasy owners. You know what they say though, once you hit rock bottom, there is nowhere to go but up.
News: Kassian was handed a game misconduct and a five-minute major for boarding Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon during the first period of Thursday's loss to Dallas. Kassian will face a disciplinary hearing, CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports.
Impact: Kassian hasn't contributed much offense as of late, but he now has 118 PIM on the year, which is seventh overall in the NHL. The 23-year-old winger was already suspended for five games earlier this season for a high-sticking infraction on Oilers forward Sam Gagner. Kassian only has one point in his last seven games, but has tallied 11 goals and 18 points in 59 games on the year.
News: Burrows still hasn't scored a goal in 33 games this season.
Impact: This is just ridiculous, especially considering the fact Burrrows has scored 25 goals or more in his last four full seasons. He only has five points in 33 games this season, to go with a brutal minus-14 rating. Avoid Burrows right now, as the Canucks are struggling to score, and have lost 11 of their last 12 games.
News: Bieksa ended a five-game scoring drought on Thursday, picking up an assist in a 6-1 loss to Dallas.
Impact: With Thursday's defeat to Dallas, the Canucks have now lost 11 of their last 12 games. "If this isn't rock bottom, I don't know what is," said Bieksa. Vancouver's offense has gone ice cold, and Bieksa has been no exception, tallying only four points in his last 15 games. In a horrific year for the Canucks, Bieksa has managed to be a decent fantasy contributor, recording four goals and 20 points in 60 games, to go with a plus-1 rating.
Zac Dalpe - #21 - Center - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Dalpe scored on the power play Thursday against Dallas, accounting for the entirety of the Vancouver offense in a 6-1 loss.
Impact: He'd gone 10 straight games without a point -- not to mention three of the last four without a shot on goal -- so those fantasy owners still holding out hope for Dalpe have to be thrilled just to see him on the board.
Jacob Markstrom - #35 - Goaltender - 6'6" - 196lbs
News: Markstorm made his first appearance in a Vancouver uniform on Thursday, coming on in the third period for an ineffective Eddie Lack and allowing one goal on five shots in a 6-1 loss to Dallas.
Impact: With the Canucks unable to win for Lack recently, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team turn to Markstrom against Calgary on Saturday, just to try to change up the juju. However, despite his excellent potential, Markstrom's just 1-6-3 with an .872 save mark at the NHL level this year, so it's not likely he's going to displace Lack anytime soon.
News: Lack allowed five goals while making just 12 saves before being pulled at the second intermission of Thursday's 6-1 mashing in Dallas.
Impact: A simply hideous game for Lack -- easily his worst of the year. But we'll give him a mulligan here, as he's been very good in general this year. Lack's taken four consecutive losses and a brutal nine losses in his last 10 starts, but he can't really be blamed -- Vancouver's offense has been nonexistent, and he's only had two or three truly bad games in that span.
Ryan Stanton - #18 - Defense - 6'2" - 196lbs
News: Stanton will not play Thursday against Dallas, the Canucks' official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Stanton will be replaced by Yannick Weber in defense for Thursday night's game.
News: Lack will be between the pipes Thursday against the Stars.
Impact: The aftershocks of Tuesday's blockbuster Roberto Luongo trade are still being felt, but Lack certainly acquitted himself well in his first post-Luongo start, limiting the Coyotes to one goal on 32 shots. The Canucks' non-existent offense ended up saddling him with a loss, something that could be a recurring theme even if Lack continues to produce excellent rate stats. He's sitting under .500 (9-10-4) despite his shiny 2.05 GAA and .926 save percentage over 26 appearances.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kesler remains a member of the Canucks after the trade deadline passed, Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman reports.
Impact: A rumor suggesting Kesler had been dealt to the Penguins started to gain some traction about 15 minutes before the deadline, but it proved to be a hoax. While Kesler will stick with the Canucks for the rest of the season, it seems highly likely that the center could be dealt during the offseason. Any interested suitors would surely have to meet Vancouver's lofty asking price that would likely include a top-flight prospect and draft picks in order to acquire Kesler.
News: Lack made 31 saves against Phoenix on Thursday night, but was stuck with a 1-0 loss.
Impact: So begins the Eddie Lack era in Vancouver, in the wake of the Canucks dealing Roberto Luongo back to Florida earlier Tuesday. Even in a losing effort, Lack delivered very fine ratios, as he has all year long. Unfortunately, the Canucks have been shut out in four of his last nine starts, and they've only scored more than two goals once in those same nine starts.
Jacob Markstrom - #35 - Goaltender - 6'6" - 196lbs
Tue. Mar 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Luongo was traded by the Vancouver Canucks to the Panthers, who gave up goalie Jacob Markstrom - once considered their future in net - and forward Shawn Mattias to make the deal happen.
Impact: The Panthers also traded defenseman Mike Weaver to Montreal on Tuesday in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice in 2015.
News: Sedin (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Impact: As expected, with Sedin out at least three weeks and possibly longer with the hamstring ailment, he'll land on IR to create roster space. Sedin's injury significantly dampens the playoff prospects of the Canucks, who may have already waved the white flag with the trade of Roberto Luongo to the Panthers on Tuesday in what mostly amounts to a salary dump.
News: Following Tuesday's trade of Roberto Luongo to the Panthers, Lack is expected to assume the No. 1 goalie post for the Canucks the rest of the season, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports. He'll make his first turn as the full-time starter Tuesday vs. the Coyotes.
Impact: Lack earned a contract extension earlier this season and has certainly been one of the more impressive No. 2s in the league this season with a 9-9-4 record, 2.09 GAA and .924 save percentage, but few thought the Canucks would choose to keep him as their primary goalie over Luongo. The Canucks did acquire one of hockey's better goalie prospects in Jacob Markstrom in the trade, but he proved ill-prepared in his NHL stint with the Panthers earlier this season and probably isn't ready to challenge Lack for the No. 1 gig. Lack is a must-add in just about any format that starts multiple goalies, but he'll be hard-pressed to maintain the production he's shown in limited duty thus far.
News: Matthias was traded to the Canucks on Tuesday as a part of the Roberto Luongo deal, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Impact: Matthias' inclusion in the deal is likely just for the purpose of making contracts match up in what amounts to mostly a salary dump for the Canucks. The 26-year-old had 16 points in 59 games with the Panthers and should occupy a bottom-six role for his new club.
Jacob Markstrom - #35 - Goaltender - 6'6" - 196lbs
News: Markstrom was dealt to the Canucks on Tuesday in the blockbuster Roberto Luongo trade, Dan Tencer of 630 CHED reports.
Impact: The Canucks will exchange their goalie of the present in Luongo for a viable goalie of the future in Markstrom. The 24-year-old will probably have to settle for a backup role behind Eddie Lack for the rest of this season, but he could have a legitimate chance at settling into a starting role down the line. Markstrom disappointed in limited action with the Panthers earlier this season, going 1-6-3 with a 3.52 GAA and .874 save percentage.
News: Sedin is expected to miss the next three weeks with a hamstring injury, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: With Sedin possibly missing 10 more games, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team place him on IR to free up a roster spot. The winger had been on a bit of a cold streak recently, but still being one of the better talents in the NHL will definitely be missed on the Canucks' top line. The team recalled Darren Archibald from AHL Utica on Monday to fill in for Sedin while he's sidelined.
Darren Archibald - #49 - Right Wing - 6'3" - 210lbs
News: The Canucks recalled Archibald from AHL Utica on Monday.
Impact: The winger has appeared in 44 games with Utica this season, racking up 10 goals, 11 assists and 65 PIM over that span. He also chipped in two assists in 11 games with the Canucks earlier this year. Archibald is likely just holding a spot on the roster while Daniel Sedin is sidelined with a leg injury.
News: Sedin will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the leg injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Senators, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Impact: While Sedin's injury seems to be a lower-leg concern rather than anything related to his knee, there are fears that he could miss at least three weeks due to the injury, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The Canucks will await for the results of Sedin's MRI before officially projecting a timetable for him, but any sort of extended absence would be crippling to the team's playoff hopes. Sedin had seen his productivity wane prior to obtaining the injury, as his 40 points in 63 games represent his lowest per-game scoring total since the 2002-03 campaign.
Jason Garrison - #5 - Defense - 6'2" - 218lbs
News: Garrison blasted home his seventh goal of the season in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: Garrison opened the Heritage Classic scoring with a thundering slap shot on a first-period power play, but the Sens were able to claw their way back from a 2-0 deficit, handing the Canucks their ninth loss in 10 games. Garrison leads all Canucks defensemen with 30 points in 63 games this season.
News: Kesler is being actively pursued by the Penguins as the March 5 trade deadline approaches, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Impact: Kesler is widely considered one of the top five two-way forwards in the game, and in less than a week has become the most high-profile player in trade talks outside of the Isles' Thomas Vanek. Imagine the former 41-goal scorer and Selke Trophy winner lining up beside Sidney Crosby -- yikes. Penguins GM Ray Shero is notorious for acquiring marquee players at or near the trade deadline, with guys like Marian Hossa, Jarome Iginla and James Neal highlighting his resume. On the Pittsburgh side, it's the perfect storm: Injuries to Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis have provided salary cap relief, they have a glut of appealing defensemen in their system to part with, and they desire eventually to return to the "big-three centre format" (Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal) that brought them a Cup in 2009. The Pens are reportedly willing to part with Brandon Sutter, two 2014 draft picks, and either defenseman Brian Dumoulin or Simon Despres, a former first-rounder. Needless to say, Kesler's value would skyrocket if he gets the chance to don the Vegas gold with Sid and Co. Regardless of where Kesler ends up, we'll know by 3 p.m. ET Wednesday if he's played his last game as an Orca.
Sun. Mar 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin left in the second period of Sunday's Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators because of an injury.
Impact: Sedin was hurt in the second period as he collided with Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot. Coach John Tortorella said Sedin will miss extended time.
News: Lack made 24 saves on 27 shots in a loss to the Senators on Sunday.
Impact: Lack has started all three games for the Canucks since the Olympics, which is a mild surprise. However, he ranks in the top eight in both save percentage and GAA, so perhaps it isn't that surprising.
News: The injury that Sedin suffered Sunday against the Senators is being called a lower-body issue, the Sports Network reports.
Impact: While the exact nature and severity of Sedin's injury has yet to be confirmed, he appeared to be having an issue with his left leg -- possibly his hamstring -- before heading to the locker room on Sunday.
News: Matthias scored two goals and had a helper versus the Islanders on Sunday. He also went plus-3 and had two penalty minutes.
Impact: Matthias has five points and is plus-5 in his last two games. However, that only gives him 16 points in 59 games this season, so this looks like nothing more than a nice little stretch.
News: Sedin headed to the dressing room during Sunday's game against the Senators due to an unspecified injury.
Impact: Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun indicated that Sedin's left leg seemed to bend awkwardly on a Marc Methot hit that he absorbed, but at this stage, the severity of Sedin's issue is unclear.
News: Lack will get the start in goal for the Canucks in Sunday's Heritage Classic against the Senators, TSN's Farhan Lalji reports. It will be his third straight start.
Impact: Although the idea of Lack making a spot start over Roberto Luongo seems rather innocuous on the surface, the announcement comes as a bit of a surprise considering Bobby Lu has never had the opportunity to play in an outdoor game during his storied career. In any case, it's an opportunity for Lack to prove himself on the big stage of BC Place Stadium. The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the league's top backups with a 2.05 GAA and .925 save percentage over 24 appearances on the season.
Kellan Lain - #54 - Left Wing - 6'6" - 220lbs
News: Lain was reassigned to AHL Utica on Saturday.
Impact: With the Canucks now confident in the health of forwards Henrik Sedin and Alexandre Burrows coming out of the break, Lain will be sent back to Utica for some further development. He had one goal and no assists over nine contests with the Canucks.
News: Lack stopped 22 of 23 shots in Friday's shootout loss to the Wild. This is the sixth time in eight starts that Lack has allowed one goal or less.
Impact: Lack was superb once again on Friday, stopping all but one of seven Minnesota shooters in the shootout. Unfortunately for Lack, the Canucks couldn't capitalize on the six opportunities he gave his team to win in the skills competition, so the 26-year-old was handed his eighth loss of the season. Lack has quietly emerged as a very good goalie in the NHL, sitting fifth in the league with a 2.05 GAA. His .925 save percentage is seventh overall in the NHL, while his three shutouts are ninth in the league. He is a young stud, and if he continues to play well,Lack should keep seeing solid playing time as the backup to Roberto Luongo.
Chris Higgins - #20 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Higgins picked up an assist on Ryan Kesler's shorthanded goal in Friday's shootout loss to the Wild.
Impact: Dating back to before the Olympic break, Higgins now has three points in his last four games. Higgins has produced decently this season, collecting 34 points in 60 games, but could lose some fantasy value if linemate Kesler gets traded.
Chris Tanev - #8 - Defense - 6'2" - 185lbs
News: Tanev logged 19:44 of ice time in Friday's shootout loss to the Wild. He made his return to the lineup after missing the past seven games with a thumb injury.
Impact: "Little bit of rust on Tanev tonight. It'll take a few games to get back in there," said coach John Tortorella. Tanev didn't register a point on Friday, but he did put two shots on goal, and helped out defensively, blocking three shots. He has 14 points in 55 games this season to go alongside a terrific plus-9 rating.
News: Kesler scored a shorthanded goal in Friday's shootout loss to the Wild. It was his team-leading 21st tally of the season.
Impact: Kesler's goal was the only tally by the Canucks on Friday, as the team continues to slump offensively, scoring only six goals in their last six games. Dating back to before the Olympic break, Kesler, who missed Wednesday's game against the Blues with a hand injury, has now scored in back-to-back games. He has 39 points in 61 games on the season, but sports a disappointing minus-9 rating.
News: Lack will start in goal for Friday's game against the Wild.
Impact: Lack was excellent in his first game out of the Olympic break, tossing a shutout against the Blues on 20 shot attempts. It should be noted that Vancouver will stay with Lack as the hot hand rather than turn to Roberto Luongo right away. The better Lack plays, the more regular looks he could see in net.
Chris Tanev - #8 - Defense - 6'2" - 185lbs
News: Tanev (thumb) will be activated from injured reserve and will play in Friday's game against the Wild.
Impact: Tanev went on injured reserve shortly prior to the Olympic break with a broken thumb. He was able to take the time off to heal the injury and was skating with Vancouver's healthy unit in Thursday's practice. He will take the ice in Friday's game against the Wild.
News: Kesler (hand) will play in Friday's game against the Wild.
Impact: Kesler suffered the hand injury while blocking a shot in the Olympics and it lingered over into the start of the post-break NHL schedule. After appearing to be a full participant in practice Thursday, Kesler has been deemed ready to play Friday.
News: Kesler (hand) appeared to be fully participating in practice Thursday, according to Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun.
Impact: The report also notes that Kesler was seeing first-team power play reps on Thursday, which suggests that the forward could play Friday against the Wild.
Chris Tanev - #8 - Defense - 6'2" - 185lbs
News: Tanev (thumb) joined the Canucks' healthy skaters for practice Thursday, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: Tanev wasn't cleared to return from IR to play in the Canucks' first game out of the break Wednesday against the Blues, but his return to practice suggests he might not be far off playing in games. He'll continue to be monitored while increasing his workload over the next few days before the team updates his status.
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Kesler has denied that he wants out of Vancouver.
Impact: Kesler addressed the rumors swirling his future "Completely false," Kesler told the league's official website. "I'm happy. I love my teammates. I love the city. My son was born here, my kids grew up here."
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as Vancouver blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams Wednesday night.
Impact: The Canucks moved into sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference, while the Blues dropped their third straight decision to Vancouver this season and were shut out for the first time.
News: Burrows (hand) logged 18:36 of ice time in Wednesday's win over the Blues.
Impact: There was some question whether Burrows would play, as he has been nursing a sore hand that he sustained in the Canucks' final game before the Olympic break. Burrows played alongside the Sedin twins on Wednesday, failing to register a point. He's yet to score a goal in 29 games this season, meaning it's best to stay away from him until he starts producing.
News: Even with his brother Henrik back in the lineup, Sedin failed to register on the scoresheet Wednesday against the Blues, marking the 10th straight game he has gone without a point.
Impact: Not only is Daniel failing to put up points, but he also hasn't scored a goal in 20 games. This is beyond disappointing for fantasy owners who were expecting another solid campaign from the 33-year-old. There are some potential positives, though, as Daniel did look good at the Olympics in Sochi, and it appears Henrik is back to full health. There's a light at the end of the tunnel for the struggling winger.
News: Kesler (hand) was seen leaving Rogers Arena on Wednesday with a small cast and a bandaged left hand, Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Though Kesler is currently labeled as day-to-day, this sighting makes it seem like the injury could be more serious than expected. There is yet to be a timetable for his return. Kesler has been the focus of many trade rumors of late, with reports circulating that Kesler wants out of Vancouver. This injury, if serious, could add more complexity to the situation.
Jannik Hansen - #36 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Hansen netted the game's only goal in a 1-0 win Wednesday against the Blues. It was his first point in eight games.
Impact: Hansen's third period tally lifted the Canucks to victory as the Blues were unable to solve Eddie Lack. Hansen now has 10 goals and five assists in 51 games this season.
News: Sedin returned to action Wednesday against the Blues, logging 19:34 of ice time.
Impact: Sedin had been sidelined with a rib injury, and was unable to participate in the Olympics for Team Sweden. He has nine goals and 31 assists through 53 games this season. Sedin failed to register on the scoresheet against the Blues though, marking the seventh straight game he has been held without a point.
News: Lack recorded a 20-save shutout Wednesday against the Blues.
Impact: Lack pulled out his first win in his last six starts, and is now 9-8-3 on the season. He's expected to continue to fill the backup role behind Roberto Luongo moving forward.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Kesler is back for the Canucks on Friday.
Impact: Kesler was out for the Canucks due to a hand injury. Kesler suffered the injury in the Sochi Olympics.
News: Kesler's agent Kurt Overhardt says a report that his client had asked for a trade is "a bunch of b.s.," reports TSN.ca.
Impact: Who knows what's truth and what's fiction? Kesler has two more years on a six-year, $30 million contract and the Orcas are going nowhere fast. Overhardt was clearly peeved by reports earlier Wednesday night. This may get very, very interesting, particularly if teams like Chicago, Columbus or even Toronto get involved.
News: Kesler (hand) has requested a trade out of Vancouver, but the Canucks do not want to move him, reports Louis Jean of TVA Sports.
Impact: Jean says the request goes back to the start of the season and there's speculation, although unconfirmed, that it's related to the Tortorella effect. However, it may be hard to get value for him right now given his broken hand, so the move may come at the draft. But it's rare for a center like Kesler to come on the market. Trade deadline day might actually be interesting this year if Kesler is in play.
Alexander Edler - #23 - Defense - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Edler will return to NHL action on Wednesday after winning a silver medal with Team Sweden at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Impact: Edler only played in four games in the tournament due to suspension, but still racked up a goal and an assist, to go with a plus-2 rating. Edler had picked up his offense heading into the break, recording two goals and two assists in his last six NHL games.
News: Sedin will return to NHL action on Wednesday after winning a silver medal with Team Sweden at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Impact: Sedin had a solid outing in Sochi, recording a goal and four assists in six games, while averaging 19:44 of ice time. He was without his brother Henrik at the Olympics, but will have him back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blues. Henrik had missed eight of Vancouver's last 10 games entering the break, with Daniel struggling mightily in his absence. Daniel only has two points in his last 16 NHL games, and hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 30. If the Canucks hope to make the playoffs, the twins will need to step it up big time.
News: Sedin is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday against the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Sedin is traveling back to Vancouver from Sweden on Wednesday, but is expected to be back in time for the game. It's probably a safe bet to start him in fantasy leagues, but there's always a chance he might get delayed and not make it back in time.
News: Lack will start Wednesday's game against the Blues.
Impact: Lack will get the start so Roberto Luongo who played in the Olympics for Team Canada can get some rest. Lack is 8-8-3 on the season, but lost his last five starts in a row heading into the Olympic break.
News: Kesler (hand) will not play Wednesday against the Blues.
Impact: Kesler will miss Wednesday's game after injuring his hand blocking a shot in the Olympics for Team USA. The good news is that coach John Tortorella said he's day-to-day, so there's no reason to believe he'll miss an extended period of time.
News: Bieksa (foot) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday.
Impact: Although coach John Tortorella has yet to announce his lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Blues, it seems likely that Bieksa will be included in it given the transaction. The 32-year-old hasn't played since Jan. 29 after sustaining the foot injury, missing the Canucks' next five games before the Olympic break. In spite of the missed time, Bieksa still ranks second among the team's defensemen with 19 points on the campaign.
News: Bieksa (foot) was present at practice Tuesday, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: After taking the day off Monday to rest up, Bieksa resumed skating a day later as he looks to convince coach John Tortorella he's close to full health. He'll be monitored during Wednesday's morning skate before the Canucks decide whether or not to activate him from IR in advance of that night's game against the Blues.
News: Coach John Tortorella confirmed Sedin (ribs) will be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Blues, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Sedin has been absent the past two days of practice for personal reasons and entered the Olympic break nursing a rib injury that had sidelined him eight of the previous 10 games, but he's apparently in the clear on both fronts now. Though he wasn't able to take part in the Olympics for the silver-medal-winning Swedish team, Sedin contends he made the right decision. The added rest can only help his production in what has been an otherwise disappointing season.
News: Fellow goalie Roberto Luongo said Tuesday that he expects Lack to start Wednesday's game against the Blues, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: We'll look for official confirmation of that assignment, but given that Luongo represented Canada at the Sochi Olympics, it wouldn't surprise us if the Canucks eased him back into the mix by turning to Lack on Wednesday.
News: Sedin (ribs) was once again away from Tuesday's practice due to family reasons, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: With everything regarding the rib injury that kept Sedin out of the Olympics sounding positive thus far, it would seem the forward's personal life is the bigger threat to keep him out of Wednesday's game against the Blues. Coach John Tortorella hasn't declared one way or another whether Sedin will be available Wednesday, but it should become apparent during that day's morning skate.
News: Burrows (hand) returned to practice Tuesday, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Burrows continues to nurse a sore hand that he sustained in the Canucks' final game before the Olympic break, but is presence at practice Tuesday suggests he could be ready to go when the team takes the ice Wednesday against the Blues. Even if that's the case, with just five points and a minus-12 rating in 28 games, Burrows can't be counted upon to produce useful numbers for fantasy players.
News: Kesler -- who evidently injured his hand while blocking a shot on Feb. 15 during the Sochi Olympics -- is slated to undergo an MRI, the Vancouver Province reports. He did not take part in Tuesday's practice.
Impact: Meanwhile, coach John Tortorella referred to Kesler as "day-to-day" in advance of Wednesday's game against the Blues. With Kesler dinged up, the Canucks have added some forward depth by recalling Kellan Lain.
Dan Hamhuis - #2 - Defense - 6'1" - 209lbs
News: Hamhuis has returned to Vancouver after winning gold with Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Team 1040's Jeff Paterson reports.
Impact: Hamhuis played in all but one of Team Canada's six games, failing to register a point while averaging only 4:02 of ice time per game. With Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Duncan Keith and Alex Pietrangelo all part of Canada's defense core, it wasn't expected that Hamhuis would play much. Though he didn't play a big role in the team's success, the Olympic experience should benefit Hamhuis, as he got to skate with some elite players. He'd been struggling in the NHL prior to the Olympics, failing to register a point in his last five games and going minus-4 in that span.
Chris Tanev - #8 - Defense - 6'2" - 185lbs
News: Tanev (thumb) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Blues.
Impact: Tanev has been on IR since January with a thumb injury and probably isn't quite ready to return yet. The blueliner has five goals and nine assists in 54 games this season.
Kellan Lain - #54 - Left Wing - 6'6" - 220lbs
News: The Canucks recalled Lain from AHL Utica on Monday.
Impact: Lain has suited up for eight games this season, and notched his first career NHL goal right before the Olympic break. He'll likely skate on the fourth line moving forward.
News: Burrows (hand) might skate during Tuesday's practice.
Impact: The winger has been injured all season, and still has yet to notch his first goal. With a minus-12 rating, it's probably a good idea to avoid him in fantasy leagues until he can prove he's fully healthy again.
News: Bieksa (foot) sat out of practice Monday.
Impact: Bieksa was apparently a little sore again after returning to practice Thursday. The team is hoping he will be able to skate Tuesday, and he is still expected to play Wednesday against the Blues.
News: Sedin (ribs) missed Monday's practice for family reasons, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: Sedin had to miss playing in the Olympics because of a rib injury, but was able to return to practice Friday. His absence Monday is apparently unrelated to the injury, so he is still expected to be available Wednesday when the team returns to action against the Blues.
News: GM Mike Gillis said Kesler was "a little banged up" in the final two games of the Olympics and will be evaluated by the team when he returns to practice, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: Any injury Kesler might have sustained in Sochi is probably minor, as the forward probably wouldn't have been able to play for the Americans in Saturday's loss to Finland if it were serious. The Canucks will have their team trainers check Kesler out just to be on the safe side, but as of now, expect him to be available for the team's first game out of the break, Wednesday against the Blues.
Andrew Alberts - #41 - Defense - 6'5" - 218lbs
News: Coach John Tortorella said Alberts (concussion) has been slow to recover and shouldn't be expected to return anytime soon, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: The timetable on concussions is notoriously volatile, and it would appear Alberts' head injury could cost him several more weeks. He hasn't taken the ice since Dec. 29, when he left a win over the Flames with the concussion.
Yannick Weber - #6 - Defense - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: Weber failed to register a point in his four games for Switzerland during the Olympics.
Impact: With just three goals in their four Olympic contests, Weber was hardly the only Swiss skater that didn't leave much of an imprint in Sochi. Most importantly, Weber showed he was healthy after missing some time with an undisclosed injury leading up to the break. He should resume practicing with the Canucks on Saturday.
News: Sedin (ribs) returned to practice Friday, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: Sedin opted out of playing for Sweden in the Winter Olympics after he appeared visibly limited with the Canucks upon returning from the rib injury a week before the break. Despite watching his home country advance to the gold medal game without him, Sedin stands by the decision to rest during the break, and believes he is close to 100 percent healthy now. He expects to play when the Canucks return to action Wednesday against the Blues.
News: Bieksa (foot) was back at practice Thursday, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Impact: The defenseman is presumed to be nursing a right-foot fracture suffered in a Jan. 29 contest, but the team hasn't provided much information on the extent of his injury. Bieksa continues to wear a walking boot, but with increased participation in practices the next few days, he could be ready to play for the Canucks' first game out of the break Wednesday vs. the Blues.