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Canucks goalie Lack out six months (hip surgery)

Jan 29, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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If the Vancouver Canucks trade Roberto Luongo, they’ll have to find another goalie to back up Cory Schneider — because it won’t be Eddie Lack.

Not this season, at least.

The club announced today that Lack has had hip surgery and will take six months to recover.

“After consultation with our team physicians, it was deemed that Eddie Lack would require a procedure on his hip,” said Canucks general manager Mike Gillis in a statement. “We expect Eddie to make a complete recovery and continue his professional career after a successful rehabilitation program.”

Prior to today’s announcement, there were already concerns that Lack wasn’t ready to take the No. 2 spot on the Canucks. Though the 25-year-old’s AHL numbers have been very good, he’s yet make his NHL debut.

It’s doubtful Lack’s surgery will change Gillis’s willingness to move Luongo; however, it will require Gillis to acquire a back-up should Luongo be dealt.

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