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

Jun 14, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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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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  1. manhorse69 - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Unfortunate for Raymond. Let’s hope he’s more on the 3 month end of things for recovery time. Unlucky play and both teams need to move on. Just hope nobody goes headhunting Boychuk for an odd play that resulted in a serious injury.

    • abrienza428 - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be no time for revenge, headhunting, whatever.
      Both teams will be focused solely on winning a hockey game and staying out of the box (The best hockey there is)

  2. frobaggins - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    instead of canuck fans complaining about whether the play was clean (it was), maybe they should be focused on why the canuck trainers didn’t scramble to find a stretcher to get him off the ice. making the poor guy stand, and not only stand, but when he got to the bench he had to step up and to get towards the locker room. what is that????

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      Again, this goes to show that it barely looked like a hit, let alone a dirty hit. The trainers didn’t see anything to worry about, neither did Boychuk. Watching it on TV, you would never know he was seriously injured. Just one of those weird, unfortunate things. He was actually lucky he went into the boards rear-end first. If he had gone head-first, it could have been much worse.

  3. nolanorth - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    “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.”

    Maybe let up then you clown..

  4. iaintafrate - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Apparently reading comprehension is not your strong suit, Nolan. Wipe those tears out of your eyes and take another run at it, big guy.

  5. homelanddefense - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Im sure many Vancouver fans feel this was a dirty hit, and they are entitled to their opinion. From what I see there are two players tangled up, Boychuk is leaning over on Raymond and they basically coasted into the boards. I dont think Boychuk was in position to really change a whole lot. Boychuk isnt a dirty player, he isnt even an agitator like Marchand is so I dont think it was intentional.

    That being said I really hope Raymond makes a speedy recovery and is ready for the start on next season.

  6. yuckygeo - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    “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.”

    Translation: “Yeah, I remember the play,” said Boychuk. “I stuck my stick between his legs and gave him a little corkscrew to trip him up. He ended up bent over going backwards toward the wall and I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to run him.

  7. govtminion - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    I love the posters here who make it sound like people like Rome, Boychuk, Chara, etc. are bloodthirsty murderers out to cripple their NHL colleagues. Get a clue, people- that’s not how the game is played, on ANY level.

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