Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis appeared on the Team 1040 Friday afternoon and provided an update on the injuries to two of Vancouver’s top defencemen: Alex Edler and Jason Garrison.
According to Gillis, Edler has a slightly bulging disc in his back—an injury he sustained while training during the summer. The general manager said he does not expect the injury to be an issue moving forward.
As a result of the injury, Edler is not locked out and will be paid his full salary until he is deemed fit to play by team doctors.
Edler has experienced back issues in the past. He played through most of the 2010-11 season with tightness and back spasms before undergoing surgery in February. It put him out of action until there was two games left in the regular season.
An earlier report in the Vancouver Province speculated Edler was having issues with his fingers that he broke back in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
Jason Garrison on the other hand is dealing with a “nagging” groin strain that has not gone away. Gillis says he is currently seeing different specialists in an attempt to correct it.
Last April, Garrison missed three playoff games with two different “lower-body” injuries. What those injuries were has not been revealed.
Back in February, Garrison had issues with his ankle so the two injuries in the playoffs could have been related to his ankle and groin.