- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (AP) - Vancouver Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair an adductor tendon and a sports hernia.

The injury had nagged Samuelsson all season and he hadn’t played since aggravating it in Game 5 of the conference semifinals against Nashville on May 7.

General manager Mike Gillis said in a statement Thursday that the team consulted with doctors and they advised that immediate surgery was the “best long-term decision” for Samuelsson.

The right wing had been dropped to the fourth line but was still playing the point on the top power-play unit. He had one goal and two assists in 11 playoff games.

Samuelsson was signed as a free agent two summers ago in large part because of his Stanley Cup winning experience with Detroit.

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