News breaking out of Vancouver on Tuesday night is that the Canucks have lost Daniel Sedin and Sami Salo both for roughly four to six weeks. Daniel Sedin broke his foot on Monday, while Salo has a knee sprain.
The Canucks have struggled out of the gates this year, starting the 2009-10 season 2-3-0 in their first five games. They have allowed as many goals as they’ve scored (17), and goalie Roberto Luongo has been struggling with health issues as well.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin both signed new four-year contracts with the Canucks this past summer worth over $6 million annually. Salo is making $3.75 million this season.
Last season, the Sedins led the Canucks to the Western Conference semi-finals, where they were eliminated by the Blackhawks. They were projected to be a contender in the Northwest Division this year, but already trail Calgary by five points. Losing Salo and Daniel Sedin for at least a month won’t help.