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After Sedin hurt Sunday, Canucks recall Archibald

Mar 3, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic - Ottawa Senators v Vancouver Canucks Getty Images

The results of Daniel Sedin’s MRI have yet to be reported, but with the Canucks’ left winger possibly out weeks or longer with a leg injury, the club has recalled Darren Archibald from AHL Utica.

Archibald, 24, has recorded 21 points in 44 games for the Comets this season, and has two assists in 11 games for the Canucks.

It was thought Vancouver may instead recall Nicklas Jensen, the 29th overall pick in the 2011 draft who’s been enjoying a hot streak in the AHL. But the 20-year-old will apparently have to wait.

Sedin was injured in Sunday’s Heritage Classic.

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  1. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Looks like a hamstring incident…that sucks for an already heavily injured roster for the Canucks.

    I see Gillis making some pretty big changes to TRY and make the playoffs to save his career in Vancouver.

    I see Kesler moving out, Luongo moving out and some other pieces to try and start a rebuild.

    This is my own opinion.

    • 19to77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      If they’re out of the playoffs, one has to hope it’s firesale time. They probably won’t be willing to admit the need for a rebuild though. I mean, look at how the Flames handled that situation. Even when it was staring them in the face they chose to remain in denial.

      • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        I see Gillis not wanting to go down with the ship without a fight. If the team is failing (like it had) and him doing a fire sale.

        He can have the excuse (personally) that he did everything he could to try and save the team before the ship sank.

        I see the following to occur.

        Kesler gone in a blockbuster trade.

        Luongo being moved he’s not happy at all with coach or GM, and I think would be willing to move to any team.

        Burrows gone, lack of productivity this year.

        Edler gone to drop the contract of 6mil.

        and Kassian, not a good fit in Vancouver and not developing..

  2. imleftcoast - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    What could they be protecting Jensen from? It’s either the coach, the team culture or the Canuck fans.

    • wren49 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      It’s time to take off the tin-foil hats, guys…

      Jensen looked embarrassingly out of place with the Canucks during the preseason and has spent most of his AHL season rehabbing an injury and playing like he honestly didn’t want to be there.

      On the other hand, Archibald has been one of Utica’s most consistent forwards all year — he plays more than Jensen, scores more than Jensen, hits (way) more than Jensen and is better in his own end. He also did very well with the Canucks during his last call-up.

      I feel like the lead-up to the trade deadline is making my fellow Canucks fans irrational…

      • imleftcoast - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Pre-season, talk about tin hats. A wasted season is the time to check if Jensen is an NHL-caliber player. Have to look at the future.

      • wren49 - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM


        NHL-caliber? Jensen is barely AHL-caliber right now. Why would a player that’s struggled in the AHL magically have success in the NHL? Why pull him off the Comets when he’s finally getting a handle on things and playing more than 10 mins a game?

        It’s very unlikely that he’d slide in to the top six (especially with Torts) and playing 3rd/4th line minutes on a struggling team won’t help his development. If anything, it messes with his head and hurts him in the long run. Let him cook a little longer on the farm and come in to the ’14/15 camp with some confidence.

        ^^^ That, is what “looking to the future” looks like, mate.

      • kaptaanamerica - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Oi Wren, you are right mate. Let the player develop more in the minors and only bring him up when he isgonna be a solid performer. That’s what Detroit does and it works. You don’t throw young players on the big club to see what they’ll do the way imleftcoast is suggesting. These guys aren’t top five picks who should be able to perform within a short time.

      • imleftcoast - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        @wren, Jensen has 9 goals in the last 13 games. I’m not sure how that constitutes struggling. The Canucks are desperate for goal scoring and a member of the top line is out for three weeks. They’ve called up a guy who will play on the fourth line. For a team that purportedly is hoping to make a playoff run, it makes no sense. Archibald is Torts’ kind of player, but it’s a pretty indication that Torts is not going to be coaching in Vancouver for long. It’s an idiotic move.

      • elvispocomo - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        rwen, I feel like you haven’t really been watching Jensen at all this year, probably not Archibald either. For instance, Jensen has over 20% of the Comet’s goals in 2014. He’s been on a tear, and while I understand wanting him to develop properly it has nothing to do with Jensen being barely AHL-caliber.

  3. canada2014gold - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Start the rebuild, don’t turn this team into the next Edmonton or Calgary

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Complete fire sale is what will happen in my opinion.

      Gillis doesn’t want to be the guy to be blamed for not doing anything at the deadline to make this team any better: read my posts above.

  4. elvispocomo - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    It’s not going to be a fire sale people. While a couple of big names might go, we’re hardly going to turn into the Sabres and sell off everything since we’ll still have plenty of the core left over after the deadline – assuming anything happens at all.

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      The only two that will be left will be the Sedin Twins. Their contracts will be hard to move.

      Vancouver will be on a complete rebuild…refer to my comments above.

      Gillis gone before the draft day.

      • elvispocomo - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Forgive me if I don’t trip over myself to believe you.

        Sedins, Burrows, Hamhuis, Bieksa, Garrison, Higgins and others all will likely still be around. The rumour is that the price for Edler is so high they don’t expect to move him (because they don’t really want to anyway). Kesler might be more attainable, but that’ll be a significant return with someone coming right into the roster to help now as well.

        The Canucks are not about to start tanking and go for consecutive 1st overalls like the Oilers or stockpile high draft picks like the Sabres. They’re a ways away from a fire sale/complete rebuild.

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