Vancouver Canucks defencemen Alex Edler and Jason Garrison have apparently been missing the player-organized skates at the University of British Columbia recovering from injuries, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun.
Both players had been part of the skates since the beginning September, but it was revealed by fellow defenceman Kevin Bieksa that neither would be playing at his charity game—instead they would act as coaches with Ryan Kesler.
“Some of my friends who are unhealthy right now — Kes, Eagle (Edler) and Garrison — said they’d be on the bench for us,” Bieksa replied. “They said they’ll be here regardless.”
Elliott Pap speculates the injuries are not too serious given the fact they have not been deemed injured by the Canucks medical staff. If that were the case, both players would have to report to Rogers Arena to conduct workouts with team personnel like Kesler, who is sidelined until January.
Pap also notes Edler was able to kick a 30-yard field goal at last Saturday’s BC Lions football game and Garrison has been skating on his own in Richmond.
According to a tweet by Elliott Pap, Alex Edler has been diagnosed with an injury by the Canucks medical staff and is no longer locked out. He will be paid his full salary.