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.