Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green met with the assembled Vancouver media today following his team’s gameday skate and ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Arizona Coyotes to offer an update on a trio of the team’s players.
First of all, the team has recalled forward Reid Boucher from the AHL’s Utica Comets, effectively to act as a lineup replacement for injured rookie superstar Brock Boeser.
Boucher has played 8 games for the Canucks this season scoring just two goals. In fact, they both came last week against the Dallas Stars. In 45 games with the Comets this season, the 24 year old Boucher has 25 goals and 46 points. With Boeser done for the season, expect Boucher to get a proper audition with the Canucks down the stretch.
Following the Boucher announcement, coach Green also updated the media on the injury status of Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev.
The rock solid Canucks blue liner has been out of the lineup since suffering a fractured leg back in early February. He was originally forecasted to be out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks, but both the player and the team want to be sure that Tanev is back to 100% health before returning. The 27 year old blue liner was struggled with injuries this season, playing just 38 games along the way. The defensive specialist has just two goals and 11 assists this season and reportedly generated major interest around the NHL from rival general managers at the trade deadline last month.