Canucks forward Samuelsson undergoes surgery
Vancouver Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson has undergone surgery for a sport hernia and torn abductor tendon, the team announced on Thursday.
General manager Mike Gillis said the surgery was successful, but that Samuelsson is out indefinitely.
"After consultation with our physicians it was decided that surgery was the best course of action," said Gillis. "The best long-term decision for Mikael and our hockey club was to have the surgery immediately."
While the Canucks used the term "indefinitely," the typical layoff for a sports hernia makes it highly unlikely that the 35-year-old would return even if the Canucks played in a Stanley Cup final that went the full distance.
The veteran Swede hasn't played since April 30, during the team's second-round series against Nashville. He had one goal and two assists in eight playoff games, following up on a 50-point regular season outing.
The Canucks will be losing the only player on their roster with extensive experience in a Stanley Cup winning run. Samuelsson hoisted the Cup with Detroit in 2008.
Defenceman Aaron Rome was with Anaheim during their 2007 championship but did not play after the first round.
Samuelsson is expected to address the media later Thursday.