Another injury has hit the Canucks this afternoon, as the organization announced that defenceman Erik Gudbranson would undergo shoulder surgery:
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) March 14, 2018
Gudbranson has appeared in 52 games for the Canucks this season and has registered two goals and three assists.
As mentioned in the press release, Gudbranson originally suffered the injury in the November 22nd contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He returned to the lineup on December 19th and played in the majority of the games since then.
Gudbranson was signed to a three year contract extension earlier this season that will run through the 2020-21 season.
At this time, there is no word on the length of time for recovery for Gudbranson, but we can assume that he won’t be back this year and will wait for an update on next years training camp.
Assuming that he misses the remainder of the season, Gudbranson will have appeared in 82 games since being acquired from the Florida Panthers and missed 82 games due to injury.
The organization has one more callup remaining for this season before having to use emergency recalls. With that being said, Chris Tanev is on the mend and could become available to dress within the coming days.