Feb 12, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Aaron Volpatti (15) during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Didn't Know Kesler Was Injured When Volpatti Was Waived

The Vancouver Canucks decision to waive winger Aaron Volpatti to clear a roster spot to activate Steve Pinizzotto off the non-roster injured list raised questions.

Why did the Canucks waive Volpatti when they could have placed the injured Ryan Kesler on injured reserve to open up the necessary roster spot? Turns out the Canucks didn’t know Kesler was injured.

“We didn’t know he had the broken foot [when we put Volpatti on waivers],” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told the Province. “We knew it was sore. We didn’t have a chance to pull [Volpatti] back.”

Teams that wanted to place a player on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the minors had to do it by 9am Pacific, but practice wasn’t scheduled until later in the morning and players did not begin to arrive the rink until after 9am.

It wasn’t until Kesler arrived at the rink that it was discovered his injury had worsened. He had been experiencing discomfort since blocking a shot against the Dallas Stars on February 21, but kept playing after X-rays came back negative. It wasn’t until the team did CT scans this past Wednesday morning did they find out Kesler had more than a sore foot, but a fractured right foot.

But, wait…this doesn’t explain why the Canucks didn’t just “paper” Jordan Schroeder down to the minors to activate Pinizzotto off the non-roster injured list? The reason for this is the Canucks thought Pinizzotto could bring more to the table than Volpatti.

“We felt [Pinizzotto] brings a lot of what [Volpatti] brings but is a bit more advanced as a player,” Gillis told the Team 1040 (via the Vancouver Sun).

Pinizzotto is currently on a two-week conditioning stint with the Chicago Wolves. He played his first game since November 24 on Friday and once his condition stint is over, the Canucks intend to give Pinizzotto his NHL debut.

There you have all your answers. We can all sleep well at night.

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