‘That’s a dirty hit, for sure’ -- Canucks want NHL to act after Perreault injures Hansen
The Vancouver Canucks had a very bad night against the Winnipeg Jets.
Not only did they lose, 4-1, Thursday at Rogers Arena, they got burned for two goals by Nikolaj Ehlers, an “amazing kid” they could’ve drafted in 2014.
On top of that, they lost top-line winger Jannik Hansen to injury, just six games into his return from a previous injury that cost him 16 games.
Hansen will have an MRI today after getting kneed in the second period by Winnipeg’s Mathieu Perreault, who was, indeed, penalized for kneeing.
“Jannik didn’t like it,” captain Henrik Sedin told The Province newspaper afterwards. “He felt it was knee on knee. ... He tried it out and he took one or two strides and it buckled.”
Sedin added, “It took at least a couple of seconds before Perreault came. That’s a dirty hit, for sure. That’s something we can’t have in this league. We’ll see what the league does.”
Update: The league won’t do anything.
No hearing for Perreault after going knee-on-knee with Hansen in the WPG-VAN game last night, per NHL spokesman.— Mike Halford (@MikeHalford604) December 23, 2016
Hansen reportedly said the injury wasn’t as bad as it looked, but he won’t be traveling to tonight’s game in Calgary. His absence could open the door for Anton Rodin, who’s been recalled from a conditioning stint in the AHL.
Rodin has yet to make his Canucks debut, after tweaking his knee in the preseason. If he plays tonight, it would mark the end of a lengthy road to the NHL. Now 26, Rodin was Vancouver’s second-round draft pick all the way back in 2009.