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Ducks’ Souray undergoes wrist surgery but playing career could be in the balance

Jan 17, 2014, 8:12 PM EDT

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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray underwent surgery on Friday to relieve arthritis symptoms in his wrist, which he injured in an off-season workout last summer.

“This is a difficult situation for Sheldon and a tough loss for the team. Sheldon has been in pain for quite some time,” said Ducks general manager Bob Murray in a statement released by the club today.

“This surgery was his best course of action in order to alleviate pain and discomfort, and regain full mobility in his wrist. Sheldon’s long-term health is the most important issue right now, and we support his difficult decision to have this surgery.”

Friday’s operation has prompted concerns about whether he will be able to continue his playing career, according to The Orange County Register. Souray, who began his NHL career in 1997 with the New Jersey Devils, will be 38 years of age in July.

According to Capgeek.com, Souray, placed on injured reserve at the end of September, does have one more year remaining on a three-year contract worth a total of $11 million.

It was reported Thursday evening that Souray would undergo wrist surgery, which would end his 2013-14 season before he even played a game.

Souray suffered a torn ligament in his right wrist last summer during an off-ice workout and was originally expected to be out four-to-six months.

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