Sheldon Souray suffered a torn ligament in his right wrist in July while working out. Souray had surgery on the wrist and is expected to be kept out of the Ducks lineup for four to six months.
With Souray not returning to the lineup until December at the earliest, the Ducks lose one of their better veteran blue liners. Souray is a physical presence on the blue line for the Ducks, and a big part of the powerplay. Without Souray, the Ducks blue line is getting thin.
With Souray gone for a while, the Ducks wasted no time in going out and signing a capable defenseman. The Ducks agreed to a one year deal worth $900,000 with defender Mark Fistric.
Fistric, a former first round draft pick, played in 25 games last season in an Edmonton Oilers jersey, and put up six assists. Fistric is a big body on the blue line and will add depth to the Ducks blue line. Fistric won’t fully replace Souray on the ice, but he will be able to do a decent job.
Bruce Budreau has a mystery to solve on his blueline now, but luckily for him it happened before training camp so he has plenty of time to figure it out.
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