ANAHEIM, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Troy Stecher #51 of the Vancouver Canucks skates to a puck during the third period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on November 21, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Vancouver Canucks forward Troy Stecher is in concussion protocol, according to head coach Travis Green. There is no timeline for his return.

Stecher is in concussion protocol, said Coach Green. No timeline on his return.

— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 19, 2018

Stecher was injured during Tuesday night’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a hit from Danick Martel. The league announced Wednesday that Martel will not face supplemental discipline for the high hit.

Martel’s shoulder appeared to make contact with the head of Stecher, who was bent over attempting to play the puck at the blueline in the second period.

Stecher left the game and didn’t return after the hit, while Martel was given a two-minute minor for interference.

What this means

Stecher has 12 points in 36 games this season for the Vancouver Canucks. He is not a huge part of their team per se. That being said, with him out of the lineup, he leaves a spot to be filled. As the Canucks sit, they are most certainly not a deep team, especially when it comes to talking about their forward situation.

The Canucks cannot really afford to lose what they already have. They have shown strides of the good things to come in their future, but the reality hits home hard that they are still in a rebuild.

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