Canucks put defensemen on injured reserve, recall depth forward


Phil Di Giuseppe is back up while injured defensemen Kyle Burroughs and Tucker Poolman are on injured reserve.

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The Vancouver Canucks, set to play four games over the next seven days on an eastern North America road trip, have made a trio of roster moves.

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Friday evening they recalled forward Phil Di Giuseppe from the AHL’s Abbotsford Canucks, after leaving forward Jason Dickinson behind in Vancouver for further medical assessments of an injury sustained in Thursday’s 7-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

Di Giuseppe has been called up before — he was on the COVID-19 protocol list after Christmas after testing positive while the team was in California — but has yet to play a game in the NHL this season. He has 11 goals and 21 assists in 35 games for Abbotsford this season.

Saturday morning they put defenseman Kyle Burroughs on injured reserve, a week after the defenseman was knocked out of a game against the Anaheim Ducks because of a heavy hit on the end boards. CHEK-TV’s Rick Dhaliwal reported that Burroughs was dealing with broken ribs and could be out for two months.

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The Canucks haven’t confirmed Dhaliwal’s report but did say that Burroughs was considered out week to week.

The Canucks also shifted defenseman Tucker Poolman to the long-term injured reserve list. Poolman hasn’t played since Jan. 27 vs. the Winnipeg Jets. He left the game suffering from what Bruce Boudreau later revealed were migraines.

He has been able to work out in recent days, but hasn’t practiced with his teammates.

He has now missed 10 games and it’s also been more than 24 days since he last played, so he was automatically eligible to land on LTIR. While he is on LTIR his salary does not count towards the salary cap.

The Canucks recalled Madison Bowey to serve as the team’s seventh defenseman earlier this week after Burroughs’ injury.

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