Vancouver Canucks: Rick Rypien Takes Personal Leave and Schaefer On Waivers

November 25th, 2010 by Kevin W Leave a reply »
For the second time in his career, Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has taken an indefinite personal leave from the team and the Canucks have refused to comment.

Rypien, 26, took a personal leave from the team back in 2008-09 which saw him miss 70 games.

Five games into the season, he contracted a virus that kept him out of the lineup before discovering he had a sports hernia tear at practice. He would have surgery on his hernia and that sidelined him for six weeks. 

In January 2009, when he was due to return from the surgery, it was announced by the club that he had taken a personal leave from the team.

Canucks assistant general manager Lorne Henning said at the time Rypien was given a leave to deal with injuries.

"It's just wearing on him now—the injury part. He thought he was going to be ready and he tweaked it again, and it's frustrating for him. He just has to deal with the injuries. He's trying to take care of it and wrap his head around it."

He would return to practice on March 26, 2009 and then to the lineup on April 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks in a 2-1 overtime win.

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