VANCOUVER, B.C. – One Vancouver Canuck recovering from shoulder surgery could be in the lineup this weekend but another has had a major setback.
Coach Alain Vigneault said Friday that veteran winger Pavol Demitra required a second round of arthroscopic surgery to repair rotator cuff damage and is out indefinitely.
However, newcomer Mathieu Schneider, who also had a torn rotator cuff, could play Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.
Demitra, 34, a second-line winger who scored 20 goals last season, injured the shoulder in a collision with Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks in last season’s Western Conference semifinal.
It became obvious that his range of motion was restricted during his rehabilitation from the off-season operation so a second surgical procedure was required, Vigneault said.
Demitra was originally projected to be out six weeks.
Schneider, 40, has fared better and is eligible to come off long-term injury reserve after also suffering his injury in the playoffs, a first-round Montreal Canadiens loss to the Boston Bruins.
“I feel real comfortable as far as (contact) goes,” said Schneider, a 20-year veteran who signed as a free agent last summer. “I feel strong and I don’t think there will be any issues.
“The first few games will be a bit of an adventure and I’m looking forward to it, just getting my timing back and fitting in.”
Schneider, who will quarterback the Canucks’ power play, had nine goals and 32 points in 67 games with Atlanta and Montreal last season.
Still on the shelf, possibly for up to four more weeks, are winger Daniel Sedin, who led the Canucks with 31 goals last season, and defenceman Sami Salo.
Sedin suffered a broken bone in his foot on Oct. 7 when hit by a shot from teammate Alex Edler. Salo went down from knee ligament damage a game later.
Forward Rick Rypien, who injured his groin on his last shift Monday in Edmonton, tried skating Friday but left practice early.
“It’s just a mild groin pull right now and it might take a couple more days than we originally thought,” Vigneault said.