Dec 29, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Brian McGrattan (16) checks into the boards Vancouver Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts (41) during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks' Alberts Day-to-Day After Head Hit from Flames' McGrattan

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Andrew Alberts is day-to-day after getting hit in the head by Calgary Flames winger Brian McGrattan 2:43 into Sunday’s 2-0 win.

Head coach John Tortorella offered little information about the defenceman’s status, but it suspected to be a concussion as his head took brunt of the hit and it appears Alberts fell head first into the ice afterwards.

Interestingly enough, the sole purpose of the hit might have been for McGrattan to incite and setup an altercation with Canucks enforcer Tom Sestito. He got a little overzealous and delivered an illegal hit.

Per NHL protocol, players that have sustained a concussion have to be symptom-free for seven days before they are cleared to play, so we’ll say Alberts is out at least a week.

The Canucks will have to recall a defenceman from the Utica Comets for Monday night’s tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The top defense prospect the Canucks have in the minors is Frank Corrado, but he is a right-handed defenceman. The team just lost a left-handed defenceman, so they may opt to recall the left-handed Yann SauveHenrik Tommernes, Peter Andersson

If the team does opt to recall Corrado, one of their defencemen will have to move to left defence for at least the next week. Chris Tanev took a couple of shifts on left defence against the Flames and Kevin Bieksa has done it as well in the past.

The other option would be to sign veteran defenceman Kent Huskins to a NHL contract. He is playing with the Comets on a professional tryout and a veteran of 318 NHL games.

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