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Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Posted on: June 14, 2011 9:42 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 10:34 pm
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis questioned the collision in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final that left Mason Raymond, one of his top forwards, with a serious back injury.

“I didn't see the puck around him,” Gillis said Tuesday. “I thought the Boston player [defenseman Johnny Boychuk] used a can opener and drove him into the boards with enough force to break his back. That's what I saw.”

No penalty was called on the play and no disciplinary hearing was scheduled by the league. The collision occurred seconds into Monday’s game, a contest won by the Bruins, 5-2.

The team announced earlier Tuesday that Raymond had suffered vertebral compression fracture and would be out three to four months. Gillis said Raymond was in the hospital as of Tuesday evening and could remain there until Wednesday as he gets fitted for a corset to stabilize his spine.

“It wasn't a chipped vertebrae or cracked vertebrae,” Gillis said. “It's broken through the belly of his vertebrae, so it's a very serious injury. You never want to see any player on any team have an injury like that.”

Raymond fell awkwardly into the boards and remained on the ice for a few minutes. Despite the back injury, Raymond skated off the ice with assistance. Gillis said he didn’t know why Raymond was not strapped to a headboard and stretchered off.

“I'm unsure,” Gillis said. “I think because he began to move his feet and he had feeling. We wondered about that as well, but I haven't had the chance to ask [trainer] Mike [Burnstein]. But our trainers are excellent trainers, so I'm sure they felt there was no risk at that point because of what he was saying and what he was doing on the ice.”

Gillis said the team is hopeful that surgery won’t be required.

“He's going to face a long, hard recovery,” Gillis said. “We've been told it's going to be very challenging for him and he's going to be in a difficult position for some time.”

Beyond Gillis, many in Vancouver thought the league should have given Monday’s collision as much scrutiny as the Game 3 check that led to the suspension of Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. Rome was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct on a check that left Boston forward Nathan Norton with a severe concussion.

In that instance, the league said the fact the Horton would miss the remainder of the playoffs factored into its decision to ban Rome.

“I'm not in charge of supplementary discipline, so I'm not the right person to ask about that,” Gillis said.

Jeff Tambellini will likely be re-inserted into the lineup to replace Raymond as Canucks coach Alain Vigneault will have to shuffle the lines. Raymond, who had no points in the Finals, was playing wing on the team’s second line.

“For us, injuries and adversity have been part of our daily routine throughout this season and we faced every one of them head on,” Vigneault said. “It's very unfortunate for Mason not to be able to play in the seventh game, but the guys that we have available are going to jump on the opportunity.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:10 pm

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Malicious or not, it deserved an interference penalty. As the puck slid away towards the face off circle, Boychuck kept pushing Raymond into the boards for another few seconds. As much as I think it was more an unfortunate set of circumstances, I also think the NHL set the bar for a suspension. On the Rome hit, they made it clear that the hit itself wasn't a penalty, but rather that the interference was - and because it caused severe injury it was worthy of suspension. Boychuck, intentionally or not, did the same thing. Interference led to a severe injury. NHL set the guidelines, they need to learn to follow their own set of rules. Maybe someone should have asked Brian Burke for his opinion.

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:57 pm

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Sorry, but there should have been a penalty on this play.  It was fine through the initial contact, but the final compression into the boards, in a dangerous fashion (a bent back, and somewhat like a hit from behind), was unnecessary and was more than simply finishing a check.  He had won the "battle" by denying Raymond the puck, and should have turned to get into the play.  Taking the extra step of compressing Raymond into the boards was interference at the least.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:26 pm

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Only knuckleheads will make this US vs. Canada. I am American and a B's fan. 11 of the B's top 12 forwards are Canadian as well as 3 of the top 6 D men. This is why they play a rugged tough style. This is N. American, and more specifically, Canadian hockey. If you can't stomach it, don't watch. Were those Detroit/Colorado series any less physical/violent???? I don't think so.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:16 pm

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

What goes around comes around........that knuckle dragger Rome cheapshots Horton, Boston retaliates!!!!!!

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:41 pm

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Just to clarify, I know no penalty was called, some are saying it should have been, not sure, I like the no call.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:40 pm

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Not sure it was a penalty, but was kind of cheap looking.  He clearly has his stick inbetween his legs, limiting his ability to move, then he skates him into the boards and puts a decent lick on him, while holding him bent in half.  This one goes into my book like the Rome hit, if you are his teammate, good job finishing your check, if you are on a team with a sack, you go after boychuck, other than that it is hockey, hoping tonights game is chippy and competitive.

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:48 pm

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

These "Canada vs USA" rants are becoming very distasteful!!  My earlier comments about the Boychuk hit were laced with anger because I was concerned about the severity of Raymond's injury!! Our countries are not at war with each other over a dam hockey series. If Canada were attacked or invaded by another country, guess who would be coming up from the 49th parallel and fighting our war for us;  you guessed it!!!  Like it or not, we're stuck with each other. Would you rather have North Korea or Pakistan as an ally?

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:25 pm

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Someone should use a can opener and look inside Mike Gillis's head, the video is right above, hardly looks dirty to me.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:44 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

And the award to biggest liar and idiot goes to....Mason Raymond!  He supports biting and blindside hits, but tries to make legal hits into something they aren't.  What a douche, lets hope this guy doesn't have children.
I completely meant Gillis, not Raymond.  That was a bad mistake.

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