Canucks' David Booth sidelined four to six weeks (with video, poll)
'Like we've always done, we're going to find a way to make this work,' says coach Alain Vigneault
VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks' thin second line now looks emaciated.
Winger David Booth has a groin injury that will force him to miss the first four to six weeks of the National Hockey League season.
The injury, announced by coach Alain Vigneault after today's training camp practice at Rogers Arena, leaves the Canucks with only one player from its second line — 10-goal scorer Mason Raymond — and a lot of questions about where the scoring will come from when the regular season begins on Saturday.
Booth, known as a workout fiend, hurt himself while undergoing physical testing at the start of training camp on Sunday.
Key centre Ryan Kesler remains out indefinitely after off-season surgeries.
“He just pulled his groin,” Vigneault said of Booth. “Stuff happens, whether it be in testing or practice.”
Left-winger Raymond skated today in practice with rotating partners: Andrew Ebbett, Jordan Schroeder and Zack Kassian. Ebbett has 16 goals in the last three NHL seasons. Kassian scored only four times last year as a rookie, and Schroeder has never played a NHL game.
“My job is to play with the players who are available to our team and we've got quite a few players available, good hockey players,” Vigneault said. “Like we've always done, we're going to find a way to make this work.”
The first of two scrimmages, designed to simulate a pre-season game, is Wednesday.
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