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Brandon Sutter to undergo surgery, miss another 6-8 weeks

It doesn’t look like Brandon Sutter will be playing for the Canucks again this season.

The Canucks announced today the forward will undergo surgery to address a sports hernia on his right side. His expected recovery timeline is 6-8 weeks. A similar procedure on his left side was carried out in 2015.

The 30-year-old centre has been limited to just 26 games this season due to a separated shoulder and now a sports hernia injury. He’s managed four goals and six points while averaging 17:28 of ice time in those appearances.

The Canucks seemingly wanted to see if Sutter would be able to recover fully without going under the knife, but it appears as though he hasn’t made enough progress in his recovery over the past few weeks for that to be a possibility.

The 30-year-old was coming off a solid 2017-18 season in which he managed 11 goals, 26 points and a plus-8 rating in 61 games. It’s unfortunate to see him have another year derailed by injuries. Sutter only played 20 games in his debut season (2015-16) for the Canucks due to the sports hernia injury on his left side.

Sutter hasn’t played for the Canucks since Feb.9 after he suffered a lower-body injury in a game against the Calgary Flames. He missed 30 games earlier in the year when he suffered a right-shoulder sprain on Oct. 29 against the Minnesota Wild.

It’s still possible we see Sutter this season if the Canucks get it into the playoffs and go on a run, but it’s unlikely. The team is currently eight points back of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with 16 games remaining.

There wasn’t much interest in the centre at the trade deadline because of his injury and the fact he had a no-trade clause. The clause reverts to a modified no-trade in the final two years of his contract, carrying a $4,375,000 AAV. Starting 2019-20, Sutter can submit a list of 15 teams he cannot be traded to.

The Canucks will likely look to move the two-way centre this summer with Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Adam Gaudette and Jay Beagle providing solid depth at that position.

  • “It’s still possible we see Sutter this season if the Canucks get it into the playoffs and go on a run”. I’ll just leave that right there.

  • Big loss for the org.Brandon has been carrying the team defensively since day one. He will be back next season fully healthy and leading by example.get well soon big guy.

  • As they say in the used car business, he’s a lemon. We don’t need him anymore this season since the we’re not making the playoffs and we’re better off dressing a Guadette…but this is more or an asset value concern at this point, since it would behoove us to trade him asap.

  • Sadly Benning had an opportunity to trade Sutter last year just like he did with Gudbranson but chose not to. A sharp GM seizes these opportunities. Why is Belichick so successful in New England? Because other than Tom Brady he is not married to any player, he moves decisively. Benning can somewhat draft but has shown repeatedly he is not an elite GM.

    • Sutter when healthy has played well. He has been playing hurt this year with a sports hernia which would cause quite a bit of pain. I would keep Sutter and trade Beagle or have Sutter play the wing with Beagle and Erikksson.
      Everyone is demanding a trade but you get more out of the players you want to move out keeping them than trading for nothing. Benning has done well but has made a few mistakes he took a team with no depth that is still a ways from having enough depth to survive the injuries that hit the team. The team that is currently playing has been worked hard and is now drained emotionally and physically. They have done well and Markstrom has emerged as a number 1 goalie can hardly wait until he has a good team playing in front of him if he can win games with the team playing like they have the last few months just imagine what the team can do if they could score enough goals to help Markie out and win the game. He has been a wall. This year will be worth it if he has truly come out as a number 1 and carries his play into next season, plus we get a higher lottery odds at getting a better pick.