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Alexander Edler to have back surgery

Updated: January 27, 2011, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler is having back surgery and will be out indefinitely.

Edler, who leads the Canucks with 24 minutes of ice time a game and tops the team's defense with 32 points, missed Wednesday's game against Nashville. The team announced Thursday that he would have microdiscectomy surgery, which relieves pressure on a herniated disk.

There is no timeline for his return.

Edler, who plays on the top power-play ...

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