The Columbus Blue Jackets announced that defenseman Dalton Prout had surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle Thursday and will miss the start of training camp in September.
"We discovered this week that there was actually a small tear and that surgery would be his best option," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "The typical recovery time for an injury like this is six weeks, so our hope is he will be ready by the start of the regular season."
Prout, a 2010 sixth-round pick (No. 154) had seven points and a team-best plus-15 rating in 28 games last season.
It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I've had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.
— Boston forward Jarome Iginla on his return to Calgary, where he played for 16 seasons