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Injured Bieksa returned to Vancouver; Vigneault swears ‘on my daughters’ it’s not a groin

Apr 18, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

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After sitting out Tuesday’s loss to St. Louis with a lower-body injury, Kevin Bieksa is being flown back to Vancouver for examination, rather than stick with the Canucks as they take on the Stars in Dallas tonight.

On that note, Alain Vigneault wants to make one thing clear — the issue isn’t with Bieksa’s groin.

“Day-to-day,” was how the Canucks head coach classified the injury, before swearing “on my daughters” that it’s not a groin problem.

Okay then!

To be fair to Vigneault, Bieksa does have a history of groin issues. The 31-year-old defenseman has been hampered with the ailment, missing seven games in March.

Bieksa also isn’t the only Vancouver defenseman on the limp right now.

Vigneault said Chris Tanev (ankle) won’t be ready for the start of the playoffs, further hampering a unit that was forced to rely on Cam Barker (17:50 TOI) and Andrew Alberts (14:19) in Tuesday’s loss to St. Louis.

In a related move, the Canucks recalled blueliner Derek Joslin from AHL Worcester on Wednesday.

  1. leepetertk - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    This leaves the Canucks with a dearth of right-handed shooting defencemen. Chris Tanev and Kevin Bieksa are now both hurt and the Canucks looked to be trying to turtle the St. Louis game with their current roster.

    Vancouver has done well loading up on defencemen. Nine NHL ready defencemen has been their method since the 2010 playoffs when they got defence decimated. However, the Canucks have always had a dearth of right-shooting Dmen. In addition, they lost key right-side Dmen Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome each of the last two yeas.

    Having enough bodies is one thing, but slotting said bodies into their off positions will be interesting without Bieksa and Tanev. Barker, Alberts, and Ballard have important minutes to fill down the stretch.

  2. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    After last year’s Daniel Sedin debacle, I don’t trust anything Vigneault says.

  3. elvispocomo - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Gilman said in a radio interview yesterday he was hopeful all the black aces would be ready in time for game 1, but that’s no guarantee. Booth was excluded from that of course, as he won’t return until round two at earliest, but I think the Canucks hope to win enough games to stay ahead of Minnesota while resting a few players with injuries.

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