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Boeser expected to miss regular season

Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser could miss the remainder of the regular season with a rib cartilage fracture.

“It’s an eight-week injury,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Tuesday morning at Rogers Arena.

The news comes a day after the Canucks acquired forward Tyler Toffoli from the Los Angeles Kings.

“We wanted to make sure we have ourselves covered,” Benning said. “Our players and coaches have worked hard, for our fans we wanted to stay in the race going forward.”

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Benning said forward Josh Leivo was also expected to miss the rest of the regular season after he suffered a fractured kneecap on Dec. 19.

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On Monday night, the team announced that off-season acquisition Micheal Ferland has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Ferland was expected to bring speed and size to the Canucks lineup but has struggled with concussion-related issues. The 27-year-old has suited up in only 14 games this season, counting one goal and adding five assists in that span.

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