Canucks' Sutter out indefinitely due to long-term COVID symptoms
Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks don't expect Brandon Sutter back anytime soon. The veteran forward is dealing with long-term symptoms from COVID-19, general manager Jim Benning told reporters, including Thomas Drance of The Athletic, and will be out “for a while.” The team is focused on getting Sutter back to full health before putting him on the ice.

Sutter, 32, signed a new one-year, $1.125M contract with the Canucks this offseason to stay with the team he’s been a part of since 2015. The checking center had just nine goals and 12 points last season but is still an effective enough bottom-six option who can take some of the tough defensive matchups. Without him, the team has Nic Petan in the fourth-line center spot at practice.

Earlier this year, Sutter detailed his experience with COVID-19 to Drance after being one of the many Canucks who tested positive for coronavirus last season. He explained then that he had trouble catching his breath and experienced light-headedness. Benning explained as camp started that Sutter was experiencing “fatigue,” and he has not joined the team since.

Sutter will not be listed on the Canucks active roster, and it is not clear when or if he will be available to the team this season.

This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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