Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards needs surgery on both shoulders, and doctors are starting on the right side on Friday, the team announced Wednesday.
The 24-year-old centre is looking at 10 to 12 weeks of rehabilitation.
Richards will have surgery on his right shoulder Friday to repair a torn labrum, and the left side will be repaired once he gets motion back on his right side.
Richards, who was second to Jeff Carter in Flyers scoring this season with 30 goals and 50 assists, was named a finalist for the Selke Trophy on Tuesday.
He scored a goal and added four assists in the first round of the playoffs against Pittsburgh, which the Flyers lost in six games.
Richards said his shoulders have been a problem since training camp but couldn't name a date when they started to hurt. He used anti-inflammatory medication to keep the pain down.
"There were certain days that were a lot worse than other days," Richards said on the Flyers' website on Wednesday. "But it wasn't like I was in agony or throbbing pain. It was more of like achy and sore. Like if you slept on it bad, you would wake up sore. But it wasn't like it was really bad pain where I couldn't bear it or anything."
Richards signed a 12-year, $69-million contract extension in December 2007.With files from the Associated Press