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Canucks' Salo out with hairline fracture in his left wrist

9/18/2007 - NHL Sami Salo Vancouver Canucks + more

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canucks defenseman Sami Salo
is out indefinitely due to a hairline fracture in his left wrist.

Salo, 33, entering his eighth season in the NHL and fifth with
Vancouver, was injured while delivering a check during an
intrasquad game Sunday.

It is the latest setback for Salo, who spent the summer
recovering from groin, back and shoulder problems. He had 14 goals
and 23 assists in 67 games for the Canucks last season. Salo
attended training camp Monday with his wrist in a splint.

The Canucks got some good news as top goalie Roberto Luongo
won't miss any time after he was struck in the throat by a slap
shot from Brad Isbister during the same game in which Salo got
hurt.

"It feels sore but nothing serious," said Luongo, who doesn't
wear a plastic shield at the bottom of his mask to protect his
throat.

"I'm still pondering the idea," Luongo said. "I've got to see
what's more important, getting hit in the neck once or twice a year
or letting in a couple of goals where you can't find the puck in
your feet."

Luongo practiced Monday and will play in the Canucks' second
preseason game Wednesday against the Calgary Flames. He sported a
red welt on his neck.

"Right now, I think I'll stick with the no plastic [shield],"
said Luongo, who was hit in the throat last season, spent a night
in hospital but returned to shut out the Montreal Canadiens.