Raymond suffers vertebrae compression fracture

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Raymond suffers vertebrae compression fracture

Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond suffered a vertebrae compression fracture Monday night during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, according to a media release from the Vancouver Canucks' official Twitter account.

Raymond was injured just 20 seconds into the game on a hit from Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk when he fell backwards awkwardly into the boards. After being helped off of the ice, Raymond was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

The play went unpenalized and Boychuk said he didn't know he had injured Raymond.

I have no clue what happened, he said. The ref was yelling at me to let him up. I tried to let him up, but he didn't get up. I don't even really remember the play. I don't know what was wrong with him.

The Canucks expect Raymond to spend 3-4 months recuperating.

Raymond has recorded two goals and six assists in 24 playoff games this postseason, but had been held without a point in the Finals.

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games

He counts $4.25 million against the salary cap this season. The Blues retained 39 percent of his salary.

Shattenkirk is a right-handed-shooting defenseman who adds more depth and offense to the Capitals' blue line.