Canucks Didn't Handle Tanner Pearson's Injury Properly

A couple of the Vancouver Canucks chimed in after news broke that Tanner Pearson would miss the remainder of the season from his hand injury. He had surgery on his hand three times in a three-month span. Pearson's injury was expected to keep him out for four to six weeks after his first surgery on Nov. 10, but his hand didn't heal as anticipated.

Pearson had scored just one goal and four assists in 14 games this season. It was his fifth season with the Canucks after being traded mid-season during 2018-19 from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last season the winger had 14 goals and 34 points in 68 games and was playing 2.5 minutes more per game.

Quinn Hughes and Bruce Boudreau both spoke about Pearson and how things were handled. Hughes was more open and critical. He said, "I feel bad for him. I mean, it wasn't handled properly, and you know, it's not really a good situation," according to Patrick Johnston. Pearson has been a teammate of Hughes' since the start of his career and the team has missed what he has provided them each season.

Boudreau was asked if he would've handled Pearson injury differently, to which he responded, "I have no idea, that's not my call." Boudreau also mentioned that it's tough losing a year when a player is over 30. He said he knows Pearson will come back stronger than ever.

Pearson is likely one of the players that the Canucks are going to buy out in the summer along with Tyler Myers. So Pearson may have played his last game as a Canuck.

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