Via official press release:
Vancouver, B.C. – President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that forward Mason Raymond sustained a vertebrae compression fracture. He is expected to be out of the lineup for 3-4 months.
Raymond will be available to the media at a later date.
Here’s video of the hit from Boychuk that Raymond was injured on:
This is truly a bizarre occurrence, not necessarily dirty on the part of Boychuk, although it was somewhat reckless. Canucks fans will no doubt be upset with the NHL’s ruling that Boychuk will not face any further discipline. Much like Aaron Rome’s late hit went horribly awry for Nathan Horton, Boychuk riding Raymond into the boards led to a much greater impact than one would have expected on such a play.
We’ll follow up on this development throughout the day…