Vancouver Canucks’ Goalie Thatcher Demko Placed on LTIR Due to Knee Injury

Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko LTIR knee injury

Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko has been placed on long-term injury reserve retroactively after sustaining a knee injury, the team announced. This move was made to create cap space and a roster spot for the recall of forward Arshdeep Bains from the AHL’s Abbotsford Canucks.

Demko’s placement on LTIR is not expected to be a long-term concern for Canucks fans. The decision allows for flexibility in managing the roster, particularly with Bains’ recall providing additional forward depth. The status of Elias Lindholm, who was absent from Wednesday’s practice, adds further context to the team’s moves.

To qualify for LTIR, a player must miss a minimum of 10 games. Demko’s retroactive placement indicates he would need to sit out four more games, making him eligible to return on April 6 against the Kings. This timeline aligns with the expected recovery period for Demko’s knee injury, which he suffered against the Winnipeg Jets on March 9.

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Prior to his injury, Demko was enjoying a stellar season, performing at a Vezina Trophy level. He boasts a 34-13-2 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. His 34 wins rank second among NHL goalies, trailing only Alexandar Georgiev of the Colorado Avalanche.

In Demko’s absence, Casey DeSmith has assumed the role of the Canucks’ starting goalie, posting an 11-6-6 record in 25 games played, with a 2.73 GAA and a .899 SV%. Bains, recalled from Abbotsford, has recorded 14 goals and 35 assists in 53 games this season.

Despite Demko’s injury, the Canucks maintain a strong position in the standings, sitting first in the Pacific Division with a 45-19-8 record. They are currently two points behind the New York Rangers for the top spot in the league and are seeking their first Presidents’ Trophy since the 2011-12 season.

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