Pouliot to undergo hernia surgery

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:16 PM ET

CHICAGO - Former first round draft pick Marc Pouliot, who’s been struggling to get his foot in the door in the Pat Quinn era, will have to wait a while longer.

A long while.

The lingering pubitis injury that sidelined him since the first week of training camp will require sports hernia surgery, keeping him for eight to 10 weeks.

Pouiot, selected 22nd overall in 2003, hasn’t been able to carve out a niche for himself on the team - he had 20 points in 63 games last year, a career high - and this won’t help.

It does, however, ease some of the pressure on Edmonton’s roster. They are right up against the cap and would have had to demote somebody, and risk losing him on waivers, when Pouliot or Fernando Pisani (also on long term IR) return.

This buys them some time.

“He got hurt early in camp so we didn’t get to see him a lot,” said Quinn. “But our management really likes him a lot. They had him in their mind as part of our roster going forward, so that did create some numbers problems. As it turns out it’s not going to materialize that way, at least not right now, anyway.”


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