These are basically my thoughts too, actually. It's not the end of the world, just the whole 'back' thing is the only scary part. If there are no further issues, it shouldn't set the team back too much and our guys like Ballard and Salo will be given a better opportunity to round out their game.
Yeah, you're right. 99% it's successful surgery with on schedule rehab. It's that 1% that scares me. As long as he has 2 weeks of hockey before the playoffs I would be quite content.
I do not believe they had the same surgery. Edler is having by far the least invasive one out of all the options —*likely because it's being done so soon after being discovered, rather than waiting for a while like with Lehtonen and Bolland.
I couldn't find what kind of surgery they all had, but Lehtonen's sounds exactly the same. Even the 6-8 week estimation.
We are back! Now with some breaking news: Kari Lehtonen underwent another back surgery on Friday. The procedure was to remove edges of bone that were applying pressure to nerve roots in his back at two locations. The surgery was performed by Dr. Paul Maurer at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. The locations on the back were different than the location of the surgery he had on July 20.
The team says he will be sidelined for 6 to 8 weeks.
In a microdiscectomy or microdecompression spine surgery, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed to relieve neural impingement and provide more room for the nerve to heal.
There's several types of herniated disc surgeries that can be described the same way. It's possible it's the same, but honestly... Lehtonen was horribly conditioned, I wouldn't draw too many parallels between his recovery time and Edler's. Three months would still allow him to get back for the playoffs.
Wait so you ACTUALLY think an injured Edler > a healthy Salo? When healthy Salo is definitely better.....
A healthy Edler is better than a healthy Salo, yes. Obviously a healthy Salo is better than someone on IR, I don't get why you are trying to twist words around other than to back off your original statement that Salo > Edler.
These delusions about Salo are crazy. At no point during Salo's time here has he had the all-around game that Edler has shown this year. Yet, you think Salo when he comes back healthy could potentially be an upgrade on him? That's not even factoring age or rustiness. Crazy.
Yes he has.
He just doesnt throw the big hits like Edler does from time to time.
Its not an upgrade, but I dont think the fallout is that big.
Salo is a top-4 defensman (on every team in the league) who has better shut-down abilities, but wont garner the top-lines until his play warrants that and/or the Bieksa-Hamhuis partnership breaks down.
So Rome, Alberts, Salo and Edler are potentially out for a while...I'll just say it, thank god for the ASB, Alberts and Rome could be cleared to rotate into the line up, because that line up is less then formidable. If that's what we have to roll for the next few weeks, I just hope Tanev plays like he has been, and Sweatt can stay on the score sheet and show us he can break up a few plays.
Its clear their wasting no time with the surgery. They are obviously hoping if they waste no time then he can be back for the playoffs and a better player had he not had the surgery and just tried to play through it. Meanwhile they have Salo who can step in and get conditioned(eventually and maybe soon).
Its unfortunate but can really end up being a non issue assuming there are no set backs and he is back in time for the playoffs and can get up to speed quickly. Infact at the end of the day the team COULD be better off by having Salo being able to get properly conditioned for the playoffs at his age. Meanwhile Edler is young and will miss much less time so without set backs he should be able to get back and conditioned pretty quickly come playoff time. By the second round(cross your fingers) the Canucks in thsi scenario could have a healthier and more ready line up had Salo been forced to sit and Edler not had surgery to fix a issue that would effect his play.
Alberts will be back and if Salo can come back in 3-4 weeks they should still not have a problem getting one of the top 2 seeds in the west.
If Edler is out for the playoffs as well, the Canucks are in trouble. They need this guy for a long run. I can't see them getting past the 2nd round without him. Special teams are vital in a 7 game series and he is the most important weapon on the PP.
Another worry is the PP, we saw it last night with Samuelsson on the "point" on the PP. He gets wrapped up into the Sedins cycle. Edler was willing to shoot more often than not.
I'm not too worried about the PP; Edler is more the trigger man on the unit so Salo should be able to fill that role when he gets back (it's arguable if he wasn't injured it would have been his to begin with this season). Ehrhoff pretty much runs the #1 unit from the back-end, and Hamhuis didn't look terrible there last night...he's shown an ability to get shots through and generate rebounds so he may be able to fill in before Salo is back.
The second unit is a bit of a concern, I don't like either Samuelsson or Raymond back there very much alongside Bieksa. I'm all for giving Ballard a chance to establish some offensive confidence though.