Rochester, NY - Rochester Americans forward Michael Nylander underwent successful neck surgery on Monday, and the veteran winger will be able to resume his career once fully healed.
Nylander suffered a broken neck during the second period of last Saturday's game against the Grand Rapids Griffins, while being checked from behind, with his head and upper body impacting the boards in an awkward manner.
According to the Democrat Chronicle, spinal specialist Dr. Robert Molinari repaired two broken vertebrae during a procedure performed on Monday, and Nylander is slated to be released from the hospital later Tuesday.
The paper reported that doctors at the University of Rochester's Department of Orthopaedics say that Nylander can resume his playing career in six months after the fusion of the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae are healed.
The 38-year-old Swede posted four goals and six points in seven games with the Amerks this season. He last played in the NHL in 2008-09 with the Washington Capitals.
Nylander had been waived by the Capitals in the offseason, before the final season of a four-year, $19.5 million contract and the Florida Panthers picked him up in late September and assigned him to their AHL team in Rochester.
Since breaking into the NHL in 1992 with Hartford, Nylander had compiled 209 goals and 679 points in 920 games with the Whalers, Flames, Lightning, Blackhawks, Capitals, Bruins and Rangers.