Barring a miracle run to the playoffs, Brandon Sutter’s season is over.
The 30-year-old hasn’t suited up for the Vancouver Canucks since February 9 and won’t be in the lineup for another regular season game this season.
The team announced on Tuesday that Sutter will undergo surgery to address a sports hernia on his right side, which will keep him out of the lineup for 6-8 weeks. That timeline pushes beyond the last game of the regular season on April 6.
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The Canucks say the procedure is similar to the one Sutter underwent on his left side during his first season in Vancouver in 2015.
Sutter has battled injuries once again this season, limiting him to just 26 games, scoring four goals and two assists.
The Canucks are currently eight points back of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with just 16 games remaining. Analytics website Sports Club Stats lists Vancouver’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs at 1.3%.