VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Vancouver Canucks center Brandon Sutter has undergone surgery for a sports hernia, the team said Wednesday.
The 26-year-old had the procedure done on Tuesday, with the Canucks expecting him to be out another 4 to 6 weeks.
Sutter, who has four goals and four assists in 16 games this season, hasn't played since Nov. 10 despite the fact that the abdominal injury was initially thought to be minor.
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''Following a period of treatment and evaluation our medical team determined that the best course of action for Brandon was to perform this procedure,'' Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement.
Vancouver acquired Sutter in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins in June before signing him to a five-year deal worth $21.875 million in August.