A little over two weeks ago, when Steven Pinizzotto’s season-ending shoulder surgery was announced, we posited the following theory: to be the thirteenth forward in Vancouver was to be cursed.

All the signs pointed to a curse. Pinizzotto wasn’t the only depth forward to go down: Andrew Ebbett and Byron Bitz had also fallen prey to injury troubles that would keep them out indefinitely. Additionally, the forwards for the Canucks’ farm team in Chicago were all playing miserably to start the year. The Canucks found themselves with no options but to carry only 12 forwards, just as the curse wanted.

And for two weeks, that’s exactly what they did, and — shock of shocks — there were absolutely no problems. But then Mason Raymond declared himself ready to play, Vancouver found themselves in possession of 13 healthy guys, and the curse once again reared its ugly head: the Canucks announced Saturday that Aaron Volpatti is done for the season after tearing his shoulder labrum late in Thursday’s game versus Nashville. There goes another one.

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