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Canucks' Burnaby boy Mike Santorelli has shoulder surgery, out 5-6 months
Well, this is tragic.
Mike Santorelli – the Vancouver Canucks' found jewel, the one-year, $550,000 train that could and could and could – has undergone shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and will miss five-to-six months.
Playing anywhere in the top six this season, the forward and Burnaby native has 28 points in 49 games.
"After consultation with our team physicians, we determined that Mike would require a procedure on his shoulder," Canucks GM Mike Gillis announced on Thursday (Canucks.com). "The surgery was successful and we expect a full recovery."
Santorelli has been out since January 15, when he was (presumably) injured off a face-off from a cross-check by Phoenix's Martin Hanzal, who also delivered cross-checks to Canucks captain Henrik Sedin and the head of forward David Booth.
Santorelli joins a growing line of the walking wounded in Vancouver, who have already gone long lengths this season without Alex Burrows, Ryan Stanton, Roberto Luongo, and Alex Edler.
Henrik Sedin, Chris Tanev, and Kevin Bieksa are all also now nursing injuries, with all three possibly missing from action until after the Olympic break. (The Sochi Olympics run from February 6 to February 23.)
On Thursday, the Canucks announced that captain Henrik will join the Canucks on their upcoming road trip. Vancouver has also recalled rookie defenceman Frank Corrado from Utica.