Nov 252010
 

The Canucks have granted Rick Rypien an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons.

Not surprisingly, the Canucks aren’t releasing any details but have pledged support for their player.

Neither player nor club has ever explained Rypien’s months-long leave of absence two years ago, and it doesn’t appear any details will be offered this time, as coach Alain Vigneault refused this morning to discuss the latest leave. But Rypien’s “personal” issues are widely believed related to the 25-year-old’s mental health. The Canucks will be doing everything they can to help him.

It would be easy to speculate on what the root causes of Ryp’s problems are but that would be inappropriate. For his sake, I just hope he takes advantage of the team’s support and gets the help he needs.

  • Hockey Guy

    Every NHLer should have mental health checks from time to time to ensure they are going to unpredictably do something on the ice or at the rink. Take Rypien’s attack on a fan for instance, you don’t see too many mentally stable people attacking random people.

  • Hockey Guy

    Every NHLer should have mental health checks from time to time to ensure they are going to unpredictably do something on the ice or at the rink. Take Rypien’s attack on a fan for instance, you don’t see too many mentally stable people attacking random people.

  • Oilers Fan

    Get those loonies to the loonie bin!

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