Saturday, February 25, 2017

NHL news: Canucks' Stecher diagnosed with mumps, others show symptoms

The Vancouver Canucks are in a very questionable situation. Their two best players- Daniel and Henrik Sedin, are both 36 years old, and could decline soon. If you look at the rest of their team, you'd probably say they need a rebuild to help the franchise. But GM Jim Benning refuses to do that method, thinking his team is good enough. The Canucks currently sit 6th in the Pacific division with 58 points (a record of 26-28-6). They're also 9 points out of the second wild card spot in the Western conference. Signs show that they'll be sellers at the trade deadline, but an upcoming issue could stop that.
         Recently, defenseman Troy Stecher was diagnosed with the mumps, a virus that causes swollen and tender glands, as well as flu-like symptoms. Four other players have also presented symptoms. "We're taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread," Benning said. "At this point Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result. Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have each presented symptoms. We'll continue to follow all protocols in accordance with Vancouver Coastal Health guidelines in order to prevent further infection."
          All five players (Stecher, Tanev, Tryamkin, Chaput and Granlund) will not play in Saturday's matchup vs the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks have recalled defensemen Jordan Subban, Joe Labate and Evan McEneny from Utica (AHL). Forward Alex Grenier was also recalled.
          Stecher, 22, is in his first NHL season. He has 18 points (2 goals and 16 assists) in 51 games.
           Tanev, 27, has 6 points, (a goal and 5 assists) in 36 games this season.
           Tryamkin, 22, has 7 points (a goal and 6 assists) in 50 games this season.
            Chaput, 24, has 6 points (3 goals and 3 assists) in 48 games this year.
            Granlund, 23, has 26 points (15 goals and 11 assists) in 60 games this season.
            Subban, 21, has 29 points (13 goals and 16 assists) in 46 games for Utica. He's been called up before, but hasn't played for Vancouver.
            Labate, 23, has 9 points (2 goals and 7 assists) in 25 games in the AHL. He has 3 points less games for Vancouver this year.
             McEneny, 22, has 17 points (6 goals and 11 assists) in 43 NHL games this season.
             Grenier, 25, has 38 points (15 goals and 23 assists) in 51 games for Utica this season.

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