St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund will be sidelined for the beginning of the 2017-18 NHL season after undergoing shoulder surgery, the team announced Wednesday. The recovery timeline is set at roughly five months, so he could return by the start of December.
The 29-year-old sustained a dislocated left shoulder during an offseason workout in his native Sweden. He then traveled back to St. Louis to undergo a procedure at the Washington University Orthopedic Center.
Berglund is about to begin a five-year, $19.25 million contract extension that he signed with the Blues in February. The deal includes a $3.85 million annual cap hit and a complete no-movement clause in the first year, per Cap Friendly.
For the final four years, the forward gets a no-movement clause with a partial no-trade clause attached, which means he cannot be waived or reassigned to the AHL without his permission, but he’ll have to give a list of teams he can be traded to sans approval.
Berglund set a career-high with 23 goals while playing all 82 games for the Blues last season. He hasn’t been much of a playmaker over the years, however, with just 57 assists over the past five seasons. But as a solid two-way center with finishing ability, Berglund will be missed while he’s out of the lineup.