Canucks GM Mike Gillis: David Booth to have surgery Friday

Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth was scheduled to undergo surgery on his left ankle Friday, according to an interview general manager Mike Gillis did this morning with Team 1040 radio.

Booth, 28, suffered a sprained left ankle in the first period of Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings. He left the game, hobbling off the ice, and did not return. Booth also underwent an MRI Monday, revealing the sprain.

"David is going to get surgery today," Gillis told Team 1040 Friday morning, "and hopefully that will accelerate the process some measure and then he'll have to wait and rehab like anyone else."

Gillis added there was a chance Booth could return for the playoffs.

Booth's season has been sideswiped by injuries, including a groin injury that he suffered on the first day of the shortened training camp following the lockout.

He made his debut on Feb. 19, but had one goal and three points in 12 games prior to suffering the ankle sprain.

Injuries have been piling up for the Canucks.

Centre Ryan Kesler is still out with a broken bone in his foot, while Zack Kassian left Tuesday's game after re-aggravating an ailing back injury during a first period fight with St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart.

The Canucks could also be without defenceman Alex Edler for tomorrow's afternoon game against the L.A. Kings.

Edler was scheduled to have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety at 3 p.m. Friday for an incident that happened in Thursday's 2-1 Vancouver win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Edler was given a major penalty for charging when he collided heavily with Coyotes goalie Mike Smith late in the second period of Thursday's game.

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