Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau made it official after practice on Tuesday; forward Ilya Mikheyev will be out week-to-week with a lower body injury. Based on the video of the hit that he took Sunday evening in the game against the Calgary Flames and the way he preceded across the ice before leaving early in the second period, it appeared his upper body was the vulnerable half, but injuries can be mysterious.
Just ask Boudreau as it relates to the one that led to Brock Boeser having hand surgery a couple of days ago, a procedure that will keep him out of the line-up for three to four weeks. That setback occurred Saturday on the last day of Vancouver Canucks training camp in Whistler and remains a bit of a head scratcher.
“Nobody knows how it happened, but he’ll start skating with us in a couple of days,” Boudreau said. “Part of his body got sore, he went out and found out he had to have surgery. We were watching and said ‘what happened there’, he was shaking his hand, but we don’t know what happened.”
Travis Dermott took a hit in practice Tuesday and left the bench with assistance. He was wobbly with two trainers holding him up under the arms on either side while headed to the dressing room.
“He looked like he got hit there, just feeling a bit woozy,” Boudreau explained, “we said, ‘OK, you’re feeling a bit woozy, just take the rest of the day off, we don’t need anybody else getting hurt’.”
As for the absence of big right-shot, veteran D-man Tyler Myers …
“He’s just sick, not Covid sick, just not feeling well, so stay home, get better, and see you tomorrow,” Boudreau said.
Not exactly the type of checklist the coach had planned on or wanted to be going over the first full week back in Vancouver, but as he’s said, that’s the ‘nature of the beast’.
“When one guy goes down, another guy’s gotta step up,” Boudreau said, “if they’re good enough, they’ll make it tough on anyone that returns, that’s the way I’d look at it if I were a player, what a great opportunity.”
True, but the club must also be thinking: enough opportunities already.