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Injured Canucks Burrows, Edler practice but not cleared to play

The Vancouver Canucks are awaiting the return of Alex Burrows (left) and Alex Edler, who have been skating but are not yet cleared to play. - Wikimedia Commons (author Loxy!!)
The Vancouver Canucks are awaiting the return of Alex Burrows (left) and Alex Edler, who have been skating but are not yet cleared to play.
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"And Alexander wept..."

Finishing that sentence made famous to me from Alan Rickman's character in Die Hard – "...for there were no more worlds to conquer" – makes little sense when discussing Vancouver's Alex duo, because both Burrows and Edler have a lot of ground to make up.

The former, Burrows, has only appeared in 17 games this season, suffering two injuries requiring injured reserve status. The winger has posted just three points in his time on-ice, as well, despite often playing good hockey.

Burrows most recently suffered a broken jaw on Dec. 1, 2013 against Carolina. He has been skating this week, practicing with the team, but has not yet been cleared to play (according to The Province reporter Jim Jamieson).

Edler has also been practicing and had a full practice on Friday, according to Jamieson, and is also not yet cleared to play.

In 27 games this season, Edler has contributed offensively with nine points from the backend, but has also been a liability in his own end.

Edler last played on Dec. 3, 2013, suffering his injury the game after Burrows suffered his.

VIDEO: Alex Burrows talks about his injury and practice (Jan. 7, 2014)

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