Vancouver Canucks: Alex Burrows out with broken-jaw

The agent of Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows announced today that the winger underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw last night in Dallas. The injury occurred Sunday in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes when teammate Chris Tanev’s clearing attempt hit Burrows in the face.

Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks

Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Burrows has failed to produce offensively for the Canucks this season. In his 17 games played, the former 35-goal scorer has tallied 0 times. His lack of production is unexpected, however, his loss is detrimental, nonetheless.

It has been a frustrating season for Burrows who missed three weeks with a broken foot suffered blocking a shot in the Canucks season opening game against the San Jose Sharks on October 3.

It is unclear at this time which forward will replace Burrows on the Canucks top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Earlier in the season coach John Tortorella utilized centre Ryan Kesler with the Sedins, but that experiment has come to an end in recent games. Last year power-forward Zach Kassian enjoyed time on a line with the Art Ross winning Swedes, and could return to the big line in the short-term. As of right now we’ll just need to wait and see what the coaching staff decides concerning its number one forward unit.

The Canucks are in action tonight against the Nashville Predators.