Vancouver Canucks often wounded defenceman Sami Salo has had more than his share of freak injuries. After only appearing in 68-games last season due to everything from an MCL sprain to nearly bursting a testicle. A report from the Vancouver Sun coming out of Finland has Sami Salo on the shelf for at least three months after rupturing his Achilles tendon playing floor hockey. Yes, floor hockey. Sami Salo is that soft.
Although the Vancouver Canucks have not issued a statement at this time, the reports of Salo’s floor hockey mishap should hardly come as a surprise given his injurious history. In 11 NHL seasons, Salo has only eclipsed the 65-game mark five times. The former Ottawa Senators 9th round pick was traded to the Canucks for Peter Schaefer. Salo has managed to injure just about every part of his body over the course of his career including; his ribs, eyes, both legs, knees, nose, balls, feet, ankles, groins, shoulders, and now his Achilles.
The injury to Salo will likely put a damper on any immediate plans the Canucks may have for trading defenceman Kevin Bieksa. Salo has one year remaining on a contract that keeps him at a cap hit of $3.5 million. Salo has 273-points in 665 career games, and 26-points in 74 playoff games.
s/t Kukla’s Korner