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Nylander has successful neck surgery

Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - 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 was injured 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.

10/26 18:10:11 ET


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