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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

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:33 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Lots of retarded sh*t being said by both sides here.

Let's talk hockey, you ding dongs. Boychuck's hit was much much much less malicious than Rome's. Take your blinders off, and if you know anything about hockey, you'll realize I'm right.

I really like Vancouver as a city, and the people are, for the most part, great people. I am a Bruins fan and a Stanley Cup would be the best sports moment I've had as a fan.

Before this series started, I thought hey, if we lose, at least it's to Vancouver. They deserve it as much as we do. Now though, the team and the brass AND THE GOALIE have proven to be a bunch of classless, whining pansies, and have been trying more to influence the refs with their bitching than they have been trying to punch back. The saddest part, is that it's rubbed off onto many of the fans. Western Canada prides itself on tough, hard nosed hockey and it is too bad that the Canucks are made up of mostly weak pretty boys with no heart, because it's tricked many of the fans into forgetting what real western Canadian hockey is all about. The B's are exemplifying that style (at least when they're playing in the TD Garden) and I believe that deep down, if most nucks fans really think about it and are honest with themselves, they would rather have our 20 guys wearing the blue and white than the ones they currently have.

All that said, tonight is going to be war, and I really hope my boys can figure out how to score in the Rogers Center and take the Cup home. Good luck to all the good hockey fans out west though.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 6:54 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Hey Frongers,go F. YOURSELF you canadiens come here to mess our country up,when you shop,someday the Americans r going to pay u back,how did vancouver win the Presidents cup,when you guys don't have a president,you have nothing.come to think of it when you guys where involved in the vietnam war,i did'nt see anybody there where were you guys in the rear with the gear,and you guys sent 10 fighter jets over there and you borrowed 8 from us.we would bitch slap your country in 24hrs,and it would only take the trailer people to do it.your weak just like your 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!!

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 6:38 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Too funny....typical American's comments....ignorant and no clue. My guess is when you wake up in the morning you have to move around your pile of old cars and washer/dryers outside your trailer just to get to your job at McDonalds to clean the toilets.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:33 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

I sincerely hope Raymond is all right. And even though he is going to have a long recovery, he will be fine. I'm not shocked to see the statements by the  posters here and by the GM. Not shocked at all. I have not heard a single professional hockey player or announcer say the Bruins have been classless or that Boychuk should be suspended. Not one. I have heard those same announcers & players call the Canuck franchise wimpy, whiny, and weak. Which they are. Why take my word for it. It's out there. Funny thing, I played hockey with several Canadians in college. Good guys. Great guys. Weak and wimpy though. Sort of vag's. I see the same qualities in hockey fans in Canada. Weak.  

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:04 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

That wasn't a malicious hit by Boychuk.  The way Raymond spun around as he was being ridden into the boards, was both awkward and unfortunate.  The momentum of the play may have made it difficult to stop when viewed at normal speed.  It's ridiculous to think that any normal Bruins fans would be happy to see anyone get seriously injured.

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:48 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Ticket to game 7 of the 2011 Stanley CupFinals $700.00 
Beer and a hotdog  $15.95

Canucks t- shirt  $24.95

Knocking Nathan Horton the f*#@ out ......Priceless

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:43 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Real mature chaichi .

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:32 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

How intelligent.  Not surprising as the 1 thing that has become clear is that a large percentage of Bruins fans have no class.  Another good example is the thousands of "hockey" fans jeering Raymond as he lay on the ice with a broken back.  You deserve 38 more years. 

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:25 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

Hey Gillis, your point is about as significant as what's in your pants. 

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:22 am

Canucks GM: Boychuk used 'can opener' on Raymond

The usual double standard when it comes to officiating.  Boychuck made sure he cashed in on an opportunity to injure a player in a vulnerable position.  Not only is it a career threatening injury, Raymond may never be able to live a normal life after hockey.  No call of course; the game was in Boston.  How much did they pay these corrupt officials to work Game 6? They turned their backs every time a Bruin attempted to "soften up" a canuck for game 7 late in the game.  Meanwhile, Aaron Rome takes the body on Nathan Horton with a hit that was 1 second late, and he gets tossed for the rest of the series?  I cannot wait for the Canucks to even the score in Game 7 and get revenge on the Bruins for crippling Mason Raymond by winning the Stanley Cup.

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