Volpatti averaged almost nine minutes of ice time in his 23 games this seasons, had one goals and was second on the Canucks with 37 penalty minutes.
He has been replaced by Dale Weise, who has similar numbers to Volpatti but will be expected to play a bigger physical role for the Canucks.
The 23 year old winger was taken off waivers from the New York Rangers just a few days before the season started and so far has seen regualar ice time for the Canucks.
This marks another injury to a hard grinding forward who was brought in during the off season in an attempt to make the Canucks a tougher team.
Fans remember how the Bruins pushed them around in the Stanley Cup Finals, and there was some positive feelings about the cheap additions the Canucks had made to add some physical presences to their line up.
However, Steve Pinizzotto is out for the year after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason.
Andrew Ebbet fractured his foot blocking a shot in L.A. on November 10th and Byron Bitz is still recovering from hip surgery earlier this year.
Weise has no history of being injury prone, and the Canucks are hoping he will prove durable enough to give a little more for the rest of the campaign.
Good and bad.
I think the Canucks are better off giving Weise more ice time, he has been a more effective player than Volpatti so far this season.
He certainly does add a physical element that the Canucks need, as was more than apparent in their game against the Avalanche last night.
However, the Canucks are getting beat up a lot these days, and without Volpatti it places more pressure on Weise to be physical but also stay healthy.
It’s tough to balance those two things.
Hopefully he’ll be able to manage it. You can view the official Canucks injury report here.