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Ducks lose Souray 4-6 months (torn wrist ligament); ink Fistric to one-year deal

Aug 20, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks will be without hard-shooting defenseman Sheldon Souray for a while thanks to an off-ice injury.

The team announced Souray will miss the next 4-to-6 months after suffering a torn ligament in his right wrist while working out off the ice on July 17. He had it operated on back on July 25 and now they’ve got a big hole in their defensive corps. He could be back as early as late-November.

To that end, the team also announced the signing of physical defenseman Mark Fistric, formerly of the Oilers, to a one-year deal.

Souray’s absence on the blue line delivers a harsh blow to a team that was already thin at that position.

His play since arriving in Anaheim has been steady and his well-known slap shot has been productive for the Ducks scoring seven goals with 10 assists last season. He was an obvious top-four guy for them and now they’ll start the season looking a bit rough on the back end.

Fistric will give them a veteran body to help fill Souray’s absence, but he was unspectacular for the Oilers last season.

The Ducks will rely even more on Francois Bueachemin to carry them and hope guys like Cam Fowler, Bryan Allen, and Luca Sbisa can step up their game. Sami Vatanen and Ben Lovejoy will also need to bring their A-game so the Ducks don’t take a beating defensively.

  1. jennettalia - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    It’s going to be a rough stretch of games without Souray. Guy was a beauty last season. Top 15 for goals as a D-man, half of them being game winners, and was #1 for +/-. Stats aside, he was fun to watch. That slapshot is among the best in the league and I was always a combination of impressed and excited when he wound up. As clutch as they come with that big bomb. Hope he comes back at 100%. Tough loss.

  2. valoisvipers - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Poor Sheldon busted up again, it’s been a chronic problem for both him and his employers.

  3. sjsblitz - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Good thing Hiller and Fasth as clutch as $h!+

  4. thecheeman - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Hi it’s the New Jersey Devils. We have a hundred defensemen signed or capable of playing in the NHL in Albany, and maybe nobody who will score 20 goals this year. Call us.

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Man that dude has terrible luck.

  6. girouxed - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Torn wrist ligament? Yuck

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Well if the Ducks are looking for another injury prone, possibly productive offensive defenseman, the Flyers will give you Andrej Meszaros for a bag of pucks He’s in the final year of his deal too, so there’s not much risk. Cmon Anaheim go get Mez!

  8. earpaniac - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Terrible luck? Kelly Kelly is going to help nurse him back to health!

  9. sharksfan97 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Poor Ducks

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