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Canucks' Miller to have abdominal surgery

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- New Vancouver Canucks
defenseman Aaron Miller will undergo minor abdominal surgery on
Tuesday, one day before the opening of training camp.

Miller, who signed a one-year, $1.5-million contract as an
unrestricted free agent this summer, is expected to rejoin the
Canucks during the preseason, 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."

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.