It appears the Vancouver Canucks are looking at their options with centre Mike Santorelli out with an injury.
Santorelli suffered an upper-body injury last Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes. He left the game and was spotted wearing a sling on his right arm.
Santorelli is reportedly seeking a second opinion on his injury, which usually points to season-ending surgery or rehabbing and delaying the surgery until the offseason—granted more damage can’t be done.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, in speaking about the Vinny Prospal professional tryout, hinted there is uncertainty over Santorelli’s injury.
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Prospal never signed tryout—instead opting to retire because his heart wasn’t in it anymore. The Canucks had the opportunity to offer him a tryout since last summer, but didn’t do it until now.
His agent had called the Canucks countless times since the summer, pleading for opportunity to prove he could play in Vancouver.
This speaks to the severity of Santorelli’s injury and the organization’s doubt in 2009 first-round pick Jordan Schroeder to take on a top-six depth role.
The Canucks could always throw a professional tryout offer to another free agent veteran that might be looking to resurrect their NHL career. There aren’t many out there—if any.
Expect them to tap into the trade market.