Canucks' Edler to miss at least a month with broken finger
Defenceman will take 4-6 weeks to recover from surgery
The Vancouver Canucks announced Monday that defenceman Alexander Edler will undergo surgery for a broken finger.
The 30-year-old was injured on Saturday night after blocking a shot in the first period of his club's 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Defenceman Alex Edler will undergo surgery today for a fractured index finger on his left hand. His expected recovery is 4-6 weeks. <a href="https://t.co/xKkt4Kawqo">pic.twitter.com/xKkt4Kawqo</a>—@Canucks
Edler's absence for the next four to six weeks means the Canucks will be missing their top defence pairing for a while. Christopher Tanev has already sat out the last 12 games with a lower-body injury.
Desjardins said <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Canucks?src=hash">#Canucks</a> defence will have a lot of different looks. He wants Larsen back in. <br><br>Tanev is close to skating.—@Canucks
Vancouver (9-11-2), which won two of three on its most recent road trip, opens a three-game homestand on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild (11-7-3).
Hurricanes place Staal on IR
The Carolina Hurricanes have placed forward Jordan Staal on injured reserve with a concussion.
General manager Ron Francis announced the move Monday night, a day after Staal was injured during a 3-2 victory over Florida .
Staal has five goals and four assists in 21 games with the Hurricanes, who have won six of seven entering Tuesday night's game at the New York Rangers. To fill his spot, the Hurricanes recalled forward Phil Di Giuseppe from their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. He has seven goals and 10 assists in 52 games.