Head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday that Chouinard sustained
a first-degree separation Saturday night during the preseason
finale against Edmonton, and would be out for seven to 10 days.
Chouinard, a 6-foot-4 faceoff specialist, signed a two-year,
$2.2 million contract with the Canucks this summer after spending
the last two seasons in Minnesota, finishing with a career-high 14
goals and 30 points in 2005-06.
la is expected to take his place Thursday night in
the opener in Detroit.