Vancouver Canucks centre Mike Santorelli is ahead of recovery from season-ending shoulder injury, according to his agent J.P. Barry.
SHe underwent surgery on January 30th and recovery has been pegged at five-to-six months, which would have put him ready for the Stanley Cup parade.
The Canucks signed Santorelli to a one-year, two-way contract on July 6, 2013 with the expectation he would centre the top line with the Utica Comets and take some pressure off young prospects to score.
“He was off the map for me,” Canucks head coach John Tortorella told NHL.com in December. “I found out pretty quickly who he was when he came in the condition he was in and how he just said, ‘I am going to play here, you are not sending me to Utica.’ With no words said to me, just with his actions, he said, ‘I am not going there,’ and he has continued to go that way.”
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Santorelli finished the season with 10 goals and 28 points in 49 games and will be in line for a raise from the $550,000 he earned this season.
There doesn’t to be any urgency on the Canucks part to re-sign Santorelli. Barry says there hasn’t been any contract talks “lately,” which would suggest they did talk at one point about an extension.
Barry says no contract talks lately with #Canucks as Santorelli is a u-f-a this summer with the cap going up.
— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) March 19, 2014