Vacouver Canucks defensmeman Erik Gudbranson is to undergo surgery on his wrist to repair ligament damage, according to a release on the team’s website. A recovery timeline will be available once the surgery is completed. Canucks GM Jim Benning made the announcement earlier today:
“Erik suffered ligament damage to his wrist this season that has affected his wrist function,” said Benning. “Continued treatment and rehabilitation have not improved his condition and Erik and our Canucks medical team believe that surgery offers the best long-term outcome and are confident in a full recovery. Erik’s leadership qualities and strong physical presence will be missed but this is a decision that best supports a long, productive and healthy career.”
Evidently the injury has plagued Gudbranson for at least part of the season based on Benning’s comments. Gudbranson has one goal and six points in 30 games with Vancouver this season. He was acquired in the summer from Florida along with a fifth-round choice in exchange for forward Jared McCann, a second-round draft choice and a fourth-rounder.