Canucks winger Sven Baertschi attempted to skate last weekend for the first time since suffering a concussion back in October. However, he told Marcel Perren of Swiss newspaper Blick that he had to stop after just 15 minutes due to a recurrence of symptoms. With that in mind, he has been shut down once again and Baertschi indicated to Perren that there’s a chance that he does not return this season. That would be a significant blow for Vancouver as the 26-year-old is an important part of their attack and was off to a solid start to his campaign with six points in ten games before being concussed.
Elsewhere out West:
- Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick participated in his first full practice with the team since undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus late last month, notes Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider. Head coach Willie Desjardins doesn’t want to put a firm timetable on when the netminder may be able to return to the lineup but the belief is he’s about a week away from getting the green light to play. Meanwhile, center Adrian Kempe is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Vancouver after suffering a lower-body injury on Wednesday. If he can’t play, Los Angeles will likely have to bring up a forward from AHL Ontario.
- The Blues announced that they have placed winger Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve. His roster spot went to winger Patrick Maroon who was activated and played tonight against Nashville. Schwartz last played on November 16th against Vegas so his placement was likely backdated to then which would allow him to be activated at any time. The 26-year-old is off to a relatively quiet start to his season with just two goals through his first 15 games.