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Vancouver Canucks forward Markus Granlund will miss the rest of the NHL season due to a wrist injury.
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Markus Granlund, one of the few bright lights in an otherwise dim campaign for the Vancouver Canucks, will undergo wrist surgery and is likely sidelined for the remainder of the season.
“Markus has had an ongoing wrist injury which we’ve treated through regular maintenance and rehabilitation,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a release. “Our Canucks medical team and Markus believe that surgery is the best course of action for his long-term health and by having the procedure now it will allow him to have more time to rehabilitate and work out in preparation for next season. Markus is an important part of our team and we are confident he’ll have a full recovery.”
The Canucks say a projected timeline on Granlund’s recovery will be provided after the surgery, but with just 11 games remaining and Vancouver well out of the playoff picture the chances of a return this season appear remote.
Granlund, who was acquired last February from the Calgary Flames in exchange for former Canucks’ first-round pick Hunter Shinkaruk, was enjoying a breakout season for the Canucks.
The 23-year-old native of Oulu, Finland, had 19 goals and 32 points in 69 games. His 19 goals ranks second on team behind leading-scorer Bo Horvat, who has 20.
Granlund has played 171 games in the NHL, the first 86 with the Flames.
With The Canadian Press files
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