The Vancouver Canucks, already minus three regular forwards, have placed blue liner Chris Tanev on IR, tweets Ben Kuzma. He’ll be eligible to be taken off IR in seven days. To take his spot on the roster, Vancouver promoted LW Michael Zalewski from the team’s AHL affiliate in Utica.
Tanev has appeared in six games and collected one assist while averaging just more than 20 minutes of ice time per game. Among regular blue liners, only Ben Hutton and Alexander Edler have averaged more playing time than Tanev. Earlier this week the Canucks brought up young defenseman Troy Strecher to cover for the absence of Tanev.
As mentioned above, the Canucks are down three forwards, with Derek Dorsett, Anton Rodin and Alexandre Burrows already on IR. Zalewski’s addition to the roster gives the Canucks 13 healthy forwards. Zalewski has appeared in five career NHL games and has recorded two assists. In 118 AHL contests with Utica over parts of the last three seasons, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward has tallied 19 goals with 27 assists and adding 72 minutes in penalties.