Canucks Forward Cooke Breaks Jaw
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Vancouver Canucks forward Matt Cooke broke his jaw in practice Tuesday and will be sidelined indefinitely.
The 27-year-old Cooke was struck in the mouth with a puck, the team said in a statement. He will undergo surgery and will be placed on the injured reserve.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound winger and top penalty-killer for the Canucks, has three goals, two assists and 14 penalty minutes in 12 games this season. He will undergo surgery and be placed on the injured reserve.
Vancouver will also be without No.1 goalie Dan Cloutier for at least three games due to a concussion he sustained during a collision with teammate Nolan Baumgartner during Saturday’s loss at Colorado.
Cloutier, 5-2-1 this season, hit his head on the goal post when Baumgartner ran him over while trying to check Colorado forward Andrew Brunette, who drove the net and scored on the play. Under NHL guidelines, Cloutier must be symptom-free for week before he can return.
Vancouver is expected to recall a goalie _ likely rookie Rob McVicar because veteran Wade Flaherty would be subject to waivers _ from AHL Manitoba in time for Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.