Vancouver Canucks star Alexandre Burrows looks set to miss the start of the NHL season as he continues to recover from a serious shoulder injury.
“At this point he’s working through his therapy program, he’s progressing and he’ll be evaluated again closer to the start of training camp,” said Canucks Assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman.
Burrows, who registered 35 goals and 32 assists last season, underwent reconstructive surgery in June, and it is expected he will take at least four months to recover. It has even been suggested Burrows could be out of action until December.
Canucks fans are still waiting for next season’s roster to take shape, and if Burrows does miss the start of the season as expected, it could be a nervy few games for the Canucks.
Vancouver may have to give Russian prospect Sergei Shirokov a chance to shine, but it may take a while for the full-strength Vancouver to shine. New acquisition Jeff Tambellini may also get the nod as he tries to put a fairly unsuccessful spell with the New York Islanders behind him.
The Canucks do have some good injury news, however. Alex Edler, who limped off as Vancouver crashed out of the playoffs against Chicago, looks set to be fit and ready for the new season.
Elder has been recovering from an ankle injury, and his return will be a big boost given the uncertainty over Willie Mitchell’s future at the franchise. Mitchell and Kevin Bieksa have both been linked as being acquired by San Jose in recent rumors.