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Canucks F Gaunce needs shoulder surgery

Vancouver Canucks forward Brendan Gaunce will undergo surgery after missing the final month of the regular season with a shoulder injury, the team announced on Thursday.

"Brendan sustained a shoulder injury in March and has been working closely with our medical team," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement.

"After a period of rehabilitation and observation, Brendan and our medical team have deemed, that based on his response to treatment, the best course of action is to undergo surgery for injury management and preparation for next season."

While the team did not divulge a timeline for recovery, Ben Kuzma of The Province noted that it could range from four to six months.

Gaunce notched five assists while playing in 57 games this past season. The 23-year-old Ontario native, who is a pending restricted free agent, has scored one goal and set up five others in 77 career contests with Vancouver.

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