Vlasic out of worlds
Max Pacioretty of the U.S. duels with Canada's Marc Vlasic (R) in their preliminary round match during the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship game in Helsinki May 5, 2012. REUTERS/Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva
HELSINKI -- The butcher bill is rising.
Canadian defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks was yesterday pronounced by a Hockey Canada official to be "done for the tournament."
Unlike Montreal Canadiens blueliner P.K. Subban, who returned to Montreal after damaging his right knee in his first pre-tournament game, Vlasic will remain with Team Canada at the world hockey championship.
Vlasic suffered an injury to his right leg late in Canada's 5-4 overtime loss to the Americans Saturday.
"It's tough to lose a good young player like Marc-Edouard. His game is really suited to the big ice," said Team Canada general manager Kevin Lowe.
"He's a very mobile defender who will be hard to replace."
Vlasic's roommate, forward Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks, is not yet ready to return from a concussion suffered when he hit the back of his head on the ice in the first period of his first game wearing the Canadian uniform.
"Protocol," he said Sunday. "I feel good. But I have to go through protocol. So it'll be another couple of days yet."
Burrows won't play Monday against France and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Switzerland. He's being projected to return Friday against Finland.
Marc Methot of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who missed the tournament opener with a minor groin injury, was back for the game against the United States and was at practice yesterday.
Defenceman Kyle Quincey of the Detroit Red Wings didn't arrive in time to join the team at practice Sunday.
"He arrives (Sunday)," Lowe said while watching Finland play. "So we'll have seven defencemen here now. We'll assess what our next move might be."
Lowe described Quincey as "an insurance policy" the day before but with Vlasic now gone for the duration, he will be given a uniform and be on the ice against France less than 24 hours after his plane arrives.