Viel has opted to undergo surgery on the finger he injured during a preseason fight and will be sidelined long term, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

The Sharks have yet to release a specific timetable for Viel's recovery, but he only appeared in 11 NHL contests last season and went scoreless with a minus-7 rating over that span, so fantasy managers shouldn't need to track his status.

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