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Report: Vrbata’s injury not serious

Radim Vrbata, Jaroslav Halak

Vancouver Canucks right wing Radim Vrbata (17), of the Czech Republic, shoots the winning goal past New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of the Czech Republic, in a shootout in the Canucks 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in an NHL hockey game in New York, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Radim Vrbata’s injury, suffered last night against Colorado, is not believed to be serious, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

The 34-year-old winger left the game after taking an awkward fall in the third period of Vancouver’s 5-1 win. Earlier in the contest, he’d scored his 12th goal of the season (and his first since Jan. 14.)

A pending unrestricted free agent, the Canucks are expected to explore trading Vrbata prior to Monday’s deadline. There have reportedly been scouts from the Chicago Blackhawks taking a look at him.

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