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Back surgery sidelines Canucks' Edler indefinitely

Thursday, 01.27.2011 / 1:01 PM / News

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler is having back surgery and will be out indefinitely.

Edler, who leads the Canucks with 24 minutes of ice time a game and tops the team's defense with 32 points, missed Wednesday's game against Nashville. The team announced Thursday that he would have microdiscectomy surgery, which relieves pressure on a herniated disc.

There is no timeline for his return.

Edler, who plays on the top power-play unit and kills penalties, was injured during Monday's win over Dallas. The 24-year-old finished the game.

The Canucks are already without defensemen Andrew Alberts (shoulder) and Aaron Rome (knee), and have been missing veteran Sami Salo all season because of a torn Achilles' tendon. Salo has resumed skating with the team but there is no timeline for his return.

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