Thursday morning seems to be a really busy day in the NHL with two trades already completed, one major between the Devils and Ducks and a minor one between the Canadiens and Rangers.
Unfortunately, not all the news was positive on Thursday as the Vancouver Canucks made an unfortunate announcement.
The Canucks and general manager Jim Benning announced on Thursday that forward Derek Dorsett will not be returning to the team's active roster for the rest of season.
What makes it worse for Dorsett, it looks like his current condition and associated health risks will force the forward to retire.
Dorsett underwent cervical disc herniation surgery last December and was given the green light to return this year. Unfortunately, he's being suffering from neck symptons and back stiffness and under further evaluation doctors recommended he seriously consider not playing again.
The 30 year old was having a career year with the Canucks having scored seven goals so far 20 games tying his career high which he had previously reached in 79 games during the 2014-15 season.
In 515 career NHL games, he's also racked up 1314 penalty minutes.
“What I can say for certain right now is that I left it all out on the ice. I gave my heart and soul to the teams I played for and never backed down from a challenge, including this one." - Dorsett (@Twigy15) pic.twitter.com/10OmlCFotb— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 30, 2017