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Report: Canucks’ Tanev (fractured thumb) out ’til after Olympic break

Jan 29, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

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Vancouver potentially suffered a big blow on defense Wednesday as News 1130 reported Chris Tanev would be sidelined with a fractured thumb. If the injury report is accurate, Tanev’s not expected to return until after the Olympic break.

Canucks interim head coach Mike Sullivan wouldn’t confirm the report, only saying Tanev was day-to-day with an upper body injury, and wouldn’t play tonight against Chicago.

Tanev, 24, has appeared in all 54 games for the Canucks this year, scoring five goals and 14 points while averaging nearly 21 minutes per night. He likely suffered the injury during Monday night’s 4-2 loss to Edmonton, a game in which he played 21:34  while leading all Canucks skaters with six blocked shots.

Blocked shots have been Tanev’s forte this season — he has 112, 12th most in the NHL — and his absence will hurt a Canucks team that’s struggled recently, allowing 10 goals over its last three games.

Vancouver has six games remaining until the Olympic break — home versus Chicago tonight, then a five-game road swing through Winnipeg, Detroit, Boston, Montreal and Toronto. Tanev will miss all six, then be reevaluated for a potential return when games start back on Wednesday, Feb. 26 (the Canucks host St. Louis that night.)

  1. elvispocomo - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    He’s been excellent for the most part this year (maybe a little unlucky on some blocks turning bad) and the Canucks D will definitely miss him. Weber can draw in after playing pretty reasonably well himself though, so nice to have some depth.

  2. massconn72 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Sorry to hear about your injury Chris. I wish you were still at RIT. They need you. Go Tigers!

  3. canada2014gold - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    I was a never a Tanev supporter but I’ve come around this year. Glad he finally learned how to shoot the puck. Get better quick Chris, the Canucks can use you in the rebuild.

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