Canucks give Rypien indefinite leave of absence

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Vancouver - The Vancouver Canucks on Thursday granted forward Rick Rypien an indefinite leave of absence for personal matters.

Rypien has one assist in nine games this season. He registered four goals and four assists over 69 contests last year.

A six-game suspension was handed down to Rypien earlier this season after he grabbed a fan on his way to the dressing room in Minnesota on October 19.


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