Ducks fans received bad news today when the team announced that defenseman, Sheldon Souray, would be out for the next three to five months.
Souray tore a ligament in his right wrist during an off ice workout in July. He was throwing a 40 pound medicine ball, part of his usual off season regime, and heard a pop. The ligament was completely torn. He had surgery to repair the injury on July 25, a week after it happened. Good news – surgery went well. Bad news – recovery time is four to six months.
This means Souray will not be available to the Ducks until the end of November at the earliest, and maybe not even until the end of January.
One of the reasons Anaheim did not announce this injury until a month after the fact was that they were looking for another d-man to fill in the gaps and did not want to appear desperate, thus losing the upper hand in negotiations.
To fill in one of the blanks, GM Bob Murray signed Mark Fistric to a one-year contract worth $900,000. Fistric, 27, has played in 282 career games with both the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars.
So who does this leave on the blue line for opening night?
Francois Beauchemin would be the go to guy, but he had ACL surgery in May and while he is aiming to be ready at the beginning of the season, that is not a guarantee.
In alphabetical order, this leaves Bryan Allen, Cam Fowler, Ben Lovejoy, Luca Sbisa and Sami Vatanen to join Fistric on the blue line. Uh oh.
Too bad Scott Niedermayer is going into the Hall of Fame soon. Anaheim could use his services.