While the Vancouver Canucks are getting all their players back from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the same cannot be said for one of their injured players.
Defenseman Andrew Alberts suffered a concussion on December 29 in a game against the Calgary Flames on a hit from Brian McGrattan. It has been nearly two months and, apparently, Alberts is still not close to returning to the Canucks’ lineup.
Head Coach John Tortorella updated Alberts’ condition, saying that “he still has problems” and is still “a ways away” from returning.
The Canucks blueline has been depleted this season. Almost all of the Canucks’ defenseman have spent some time in the press box because of injuries. No one has been out as long as Alberts has been, however.
Alberts doesn’t contribute on the scoreboard, but he is an experienced member of the Canucks’ defense core and they would rather have him than not have him. The Canucks have had to use more than a few young players from the AHL during this ordeal.
The Canucks are going to be in tough to make the playoffs this season after years of being one of the NHL’s elite teams. In a tough Pacific Division with the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks, the Canucks are going to need all hands on deck to challenge for a wild card spot in the Western Conference.
Concussions are one of the worst injuries to suffer in the NHL if they’re serious. This one has kept Alberts from his livelihood for two months. Let’s hope he can get better soon, for his and the Canucks’ sake.