Manny Malhotra skated with the Canucks Wednesday afternoon, a move that, just like last time, sent many Canucks fans into the sort of panic they exhibit when something doesn’t make sense. (Why is he skating if he’s gone forever? Didn’t the Canucks neuralyze him and send him back into the world? What’s happening?)
But the explanation was very simple. Malhotra may not play any more games this year, but he’s still going to skate with the team on occasion, since they aren’t a threat to catch him with a blind-side head shot. Wednesday was one such occasion, especially as the Canucks found themselves in need of a 12th forward after waiving Aaron Volpatti and giving Ryan Kesler the day off because of his broken foot.
HOLD ON. WHAT.
Feel free to let that sink in one more time: Ryan Kesler has a broken foot. In fact, Ryan Kesler has had a broken foot for almost a week. He broke it three games ago, last Thursday in Dallas after blocking a shot, but the team just discovered it today. Thus, according to Alain Vigneault, Kesler will be out “a little while”.
It’s important to note that English is Vigneault’s second language. He seems to be confusing the word while for the word month.
This is going to lead to some people suggesting that Ryan Kesler is injury-prone, a term I’ve never liked since, for the most part, it just blames players for a string of bad luck. It’s not like Kesler is re-aggravating the same nagging injury here. He’s getting it everywhere. Shoulder surgery. Wrist surgery. Groin and hip labrum surgery. Kesler’s afflictions are like gladness to the Dave Clark Five: all over. You can’t blame him for that string of bad luck.
That is, unless Kesler was foolish and careless enough to cross paths a mummy. Has he contracted the Mummy’s Curse, a disease that slowly turns the body to dust, as outlined in Dr. McNinja, Volume 23?
If Kesler’s insides were made out of compressed dust — not unlike Ikea furniture — that would go towards explaining his sudden fragility.
The good news is that Kesler appears to be able to play through the injury, since he’s been doing that for three games already. The bad news is that, now that the team has realized his foot is broken, that’s likely going to stop. Andrew Ebbett appears to be headed back to Vancouver in his stead.
That’s a serviceable short-term option, but would be a good time for the Canucks to finalize a deal for a middle-six centre. They have a couple goalies someone might want. How about trading one of those guys? Has anybody suggested this yet?
This would allow Kesler the opportunity to rehab at the right speed instead of rushing back. I think we’d all prefer Ryan Kesler, totally healthy person, to Ryan Kesler, bull-headed injury ignorer. That’s a trade that would need to come with a prospect.
Or, speaking of prospects, here’s a wild thought: how’s about offer-sheeting that Ryan O’Reilly kid? Who cares if the Avalanche get mad? They’re leaving the division next year anyway.