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Markus Granlund to undergo wrist surgery and miss remainder of season

It was announced this morning by the Canucks that forward Markus Granlund would undergo wrist surgery and miss the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign.

Canucks GM Jim Benning provided some more insight on the young Finnish forward’s injury within the press release:

 “Markus has had an ongoing wrist injury which we’ve treated through regular maintenance and rehabilitation,” said Benning. “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.”

Granlund has had a great first full season with the Canucks, and will end the year with 19 goals and 13 assists in 69 games. Unfortunately, he will be unable to reach the 20 goal plateau.

Those point totals are even more impressive given that Granlund has been battling this injury for some time.

Granlund is signed for another year with a cap hit of $900,000.

  • Carl Jung

    “Unfortunately, he will be unable to reach the 20 goal plateau.”

    This is great news.

    Brandon Pirri hit 20 goals a couple of years ago and Florida had to give him up cheap to avoid a huge arbitration raise.

  • Locust

    Good business decision.
    Not a lot of ‘hockey luck’ the last few years for the ‘Nuckleheads…..it cant last forever though ….imagine two years from now, Boesser and Joulevi playing to their potential, Virtanen contributing and being a monster on the 3rd line, Grandlund and Baert pouring in the goals, Bo just being Bo, our young D-Men solidify into a solid back end, Marky and Demko battle for #1, no significant injuries and Benning makes a monster move…… we could be playing loooong into the playoffs …. 1994 all over again …. could happen ….

  • Rob Robertson

    Very impressive considering his numbers. I wasn’t a fan of this trade but gotta admit it worked out very well. How’s Shinkaruk faring in the CGY system?

  • BeeGee

    Not quite sure I’d define his season as “great” but it’s certainly very promising moving forward and one of the best surprises in a dismal campaign. Definitely looking like a shrewd move by Benning.

    The bar is rather low these days, I get that.

    • Killer Marmot

      “The bar is rather low these days”

      The NHL is not the high-scoring league it once was. A player with 19 goals in 69 games is top-six material in almost any club.

        • Killer Marmot

          When Granlund came on board, he was generally dismissed as someone who would likely remain a bottom-six player. This season he played like a bona fide top-six player.

          I think that’s great.

          • Woodrow

            On a terrible team in turmoil, sure. “Bona-fide top-six”, I don’t think so. On a competitive team he played like a solid top-9. His competitive drive and decent hands makes him a very solid 3rd liner. There’s nothing wrong with that, solid 3rd liners are extremely important.

    • Frank

      Megna Megna Megna More Megna – just kidding. With Granlund out, we are getting to slim pickings for actual goal scorers. Gosh, has it been about 10 games since Dank netted one?