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Burrows out for ‘couple of weeks’ with possible leg injury

Oct 5, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

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Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella was optimistic that Alex Burrows would be able to play tonight despite missing Friday’s practice, but it looks like the news is significantly worse than initially hoped.

“[Burrows will] be out for a couple of weeks,” Tortorella said via the Canucks’ Twitter feed.

Burrows is believed to have sustained a leg injury while blocking a shot on Thursday. He was seen limping badly after the loss.

For now, the Canucks plan to use an extra defenseman rather than call up a forward. Burrows’ blend of physical play and offensive contributions would be missed under any circumstances, but it’s all the more troubling because of their potential depth issues. Tortorella wasn’t happy with the Vancouver Canucks’ fourth line and consequently used it sparingly during the Canucks’ opener.

Vancouver’s game against the Edmonton Oilers will start at 10:00 p.m. ET.

  1. mhaer - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    this team is completely mismanaged. No call ups available. They don’t even have one solid candidate in Utica to replace Burrows. Better start researching the draft Canucks fans. This is going to be a long year

  2. ironyisadeadscene - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Well that bites…

  3. esracerx46 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    But Torts said he expected Burrows to be in. He really needs to keep his mouth shut until he knows all the facts. I loathe the Canucks, but Canuck fans, I feel for you. This guy is a joke.

  4. kaptaanamerica - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    they need to better equipment, and padding to bkock shots

  5. slysipops - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    TORTS probably just forgot what town he was coaching in. none of these guys come back quick. TORTS….i hear the pot of tar is warming and the feathers are being gathered!

  6. pugsley927 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    biter

  7. mrpinkca - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    The headline yesterday was “Torts expects Burrows to play Saturday.” I wonder how long it takes before he realizes the he’s not dealing with Callahan’s and Girardi’s anymore?

  8. pxland - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Always stretch before diving…..

  9. yvrmike - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Why r u guys blaming the coach and what he said about Burrows. The reason no one is getting called up is because the cupboards are empty
    Gillis needs to have a long look in the mirror and resign along with all the scouting staff. Just horrible decisions in trading or picking up players and the if trading Schneider was a last minute decision he should be fired. A good mgr has a back up plan thought of 6-10 months before hand

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