Monday, October 27, 2008

Rypien Out Again/Salo Set To Return

Rick Rypien has to wonder what he's done to deserve so many injuries the past few years. The latest one comes as he attempted to return to the Canucks line-up after suffering a viral infection.

Following Monday's practice at GM Place, head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Rypien suffered a sports hernia injury during workouts over the past few days. This will indeed require surgery and he'll be out of the Vancouver line-up indefinitely. Rypien, who had scored in each of his first two games this season, has been riddled by injuries since becoming a member of the organization a couple of years ago.

One player that is likely to return to action for Vancouver on Tuesday night is Sami Salo. The veteran blue-liner suffered a groin strain in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 19 and hasn't played since. After practice, Salo indicated that he felt healthy enough to play but said it would be up to the coaches and training staff to decide on whether he would be good to go on game day against the Boston Bruins.

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