Saturday, December 20, 2008
Is Dana Done?
Friday in team Canada's pre tournament game against Sweden, forward Dana Tyrell smoked Victor Hedman in the first minute of the contest. That's a 5.9.5" skater taking down a 6.7" giant with a clean hit. But it may also have taken Tyrell out of the tournament. Tyrell was getting an MRI this morning, and according to a Pipeline Show source, one Canadian teammate of Tyrell's said his knee "did not look good" yesterday.
This would be a big blow for team Canada, but in a way it would be a blessing that it happened now as they can still add a player to the roster before December 24th.
This would also be bad news for Tyrell's WHL club in Prince George. Despite sitting in the 8th and final playoff spot right now, they will have a hard resisting the bountiful offers they will get for Tyrell at the deadline. If his injury is serious it could set back their development plan for years.
TPS will continue to follow this story and give an update as soon as it's available.
Update: Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane has been added to Canada's roster. The power forward has 22 goals and 26 assists in 28 games for the Giants this year. Canada hopes to have Kane in action Sunday in their 2nd pre tournament game against Finland.