After suffering a shoulder injury during the out-of-control match against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Jannik Hansen has been placed on injured reserve by the Vancouver Canucks. To replace him the team has brought up Michael Chaput from Utica of the AHL, according to Dan Murphy of Sportsnet.
Hansen was one of the key cast members in the brawls on Saturday night, first being the target of a devastating open-ice hit, and then attacking Nazem Kadri after his blind-side check on Daniel Sedin. Hansen was thrown out of the match (along with several other players) and is now clearly out for a while with the shoulder injury. No word on whether or not it happened on the hit or the fight, though a combination of both would be the most likely explanation.
Chaput, a free agent signing this summer, had played his entire career for the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 58 career NHL games, the former third-round pick has just eight points, though he has found more success at the AHL level. Clearly not an answer for Hansen’s production this season, Chaput will likely figure into the bottom-six with one of the youngsters moving up to the Sedin line.
For the Canucks, it’s just another setback in what has been a very disappointing season so far. The franchise is reeling, without a clear direction to point its fans or players. They’ll take on the similarly struggling Islanders tonight in New York.