The Vancouver Canucks received some awful news on the injury front Monday when they learned that they would be without defenceman Kevin Bieksa for up to three months with severed tendons in his left ankle.
The rugged blueliner originally suffered the injury during the Canucks December 29th loss to the Phoenix Coyotes when he collided with the Coyotes' Petr Prucha. Prucha's skate caught Bieksa just above his left ankle, severing the tendons but missing his Achilles tendon.
The 28-year old Bieksa will be in a cast for six weeks before the rehab process can begin.
It is similar to the injury Bieksa suffered in November of 2007 when his calf was cut open by the skate of Vern Fiddler in a game against the Predators.
In 40 games this season, Bieksa has one goal and 15 assists to go along with a team leading 79 penalty minutes.
The news comes on the heels of the team placing veteran defenceman Mathieu Schneider on waivers.
In other Canucks injury news, the team has placed Ryan Johnson on long term injured reserve with a fracture in his foot.