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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.”

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:43 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.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 10:26 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis questioned the collision in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final that left , 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 ] 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 , 5-2.
 These two teams do not like each other. In an old school way, I love it! It makes for an even more interesting subplot.

I can't wait to see game 7, then the handshake line-up. That should be awfully interesting.

Honestly, I wasn't interested in this series, since I neither like, nor dislike either team. I have little rooting interest at all. However, largely due to the incidents on the ice and the obvious animousity, I'm not only going to watch Game 7, but also the lining up for the handshakes with real interest.



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:30 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

You Canuck and Bruin fans deserve each other...

Amazing how the other guys are dirtiest players on the planet, but your crew's are boy scouts...

BOTH teams are dirty cheap shot artists & completely lacking in class...

Gawd, what a pig of a series...yeah, as a hockey fan, I'll be watching (what, watch baseball instead?)...hopefully the game is at least competitive...




Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:25 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

You need some education!!. Learn how to spell, what capital letters are used and for then come back to argue. You are an ignorant fool and deserve to be slapped! I will show myself you american clown....



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:17 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

This whole USA vs. Canada is really stupid and it egts really ironic when people on both sides start insulting the intelligence of the other side. Anyone who feeds into or gets caught up in that debate on either side is truly lacking in the brain cells department.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:11 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

@ Frongers, another pot calling the kettle black. With what you put in your first post, you have no business calling other people ignorant. Why don't you put the hatred, nationalism and bigotry on your back burner and post something about hockey.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:05 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

@ Johnnyroten, when you are the type of person who would gloat over someone's injury by posting a comment like "Knocking Nathan Horton the f*#@ out ......Priceless" you have no business calling someone else out, as you did in your previous post, for immaturity.




Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:07 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Seriously, a few of you on this board need to grow up and not make this some US- Canadian issue. I'm Canadian, and get tired of the sterotype dumb-ass views of each other from both sides. It's a freakin hockey game, the two countries are best friends, and on top of that, the Bruins basically have more Canadians on their roster than just about any other NHL team. Let's stick to the game and keep countries and politics out of this -period.................Enjoy the game tonight, should be a great one.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:04 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

country.i know this has'nt have much to do with hockey but when you attack my country and the true americans,your looking for trouble,why don't you show your self. HEY!!

Walkin on the fightin side of meeeeeee



Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:50 am
 

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Again......very funny.....this is why the World hates most Americans. Because they are ignorant and selfish...enough said!


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