VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler back surgery and will miss an indefinite period of play.The CEO of the Canucks, Mike Gillis, said Thursday that the decision had been taken after consultation with team doctors.Edler did not participate in the Canucks' 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday because of back spasms.
The Swede, aged 24, had eight goals and 24 assists in 49 games this season.
Edler the injury is the latest to occur at a Canucks defenseman. Aaron Rome suffered a knee injury, while Andrew Alberts was hit in the shoulder. Both players should however be able to make a comeback after the break-Star Game.
The veteran Sami Salo has not played this season, which he tore his Achilles tendon during the summer. Salo has begun skating with the Canucks but the team refuses to predict when it will be back in the game