Canucks blue-liner Aaron Miller to have abdominal surgery

Miller, who signed a one-year, US$1.5-million contract as an unrestricted free agent this summer, is expected to rejoin the Canucks during the pre-season, general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement.

“After further consultation with our medical team, it was decided that surgery was the best course of action,” Nonis said. “It is expected that Aaron will make a full recovery in two weeks.”

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Miller, who recently turned 36, played all 82 games last season with Los Angeles but missed an average of 35 games over the three previous years. The 12-year NHL veteran and 2002 U.S. Olympian is slated to be part of the Canucks’ third defensive pairing with Lukas Krajicek.