Baertschi's agent Andre Rufener said the winger is recovering slowly from his concussion, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet reports. Rufener sounds distraught over what he calls a "cheap shot" that Vegas forward Tomas Hyka inflicted upon his client in an Oct. 24 contest. Baertschi remains on injured reserve with no timeline for his return.
Baertschi (concussion) was designated for injured reserve Thursday, per the NHL media site. Baertschi will have to miss at least the next three games for the Canucks. A strong start to the year for the winger waned a bit in the last few outings, as he managed just one goal and zero assists in his previous five contests. With the Swiss international unavailable and Brock Boeser (groin) also in doubt against the Coyotes on Thursday, coach Rick Tocchet will likely need to utilize recent call-up Darren Archibald.
Baertschi is in concussion protocol after leaving Wednesday's game against the Golden Knights, Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet.ca reports. Baertschi, who was on the receiving end of a shoulder-to-head hit from Tomas Hyka, is the fifth Canucks forward currently dealing with an injury. This team ranks 15th on the power play based on a 22.2 percent conversion rate, but losing the Swiss skater for any amount of time would spell trouble, as Baertschi's been averaging close to three minutes on the man advantage. He's day-to-day by default, but concussed players typically require at least a couple of days completely away from the ice.
Baertschi (upper body) left Wednesday's game versus the Golden Knights and will not return. Baertschi's injury came after Vancouver had already lost Alexander Edler to a lower-body injury earlier in the game. It remains to be seen how much time Baertschi will miss as a result of the injury. An update is likely to come following Wednesday's game.
Baertschi scored a goal in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Capitals. Baertschi picked up a rebound off a Brock Boeser shot and knocked it home to make the game 3-2. After an injury-riddled season last year, Baertschi is starting off hot with three goals and six points in nine games. However, the most-surprising point is he already has four power-play points after having no more than nine in a year previously.
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