The Anaheim Ducks will be without forward Corey Perry for about five months, the team announced Wednesday.
This isn’t good news for the 33-year-old from Peterborough, obviously. He’s coming off two less-than-stellar seasons, with just 17 goals last season, and this was to be a redemption of sorts.
But Perry injured his right knee during warmups for a preseason contest and had surgery Wednesday, with the recovery time slated at about 20 weeks. He tore his meniscus and injured a knee ligament.
Perry had been playing at a roaring pace for the Ducks, scoring at least 30 goals in most seasons and scoring 50 goals in 2011-2012. He had a 43-goal campaign in 2013-2014 and was hoping to reclaim at least some of that offensive acumen in 2018-2019.
Perry was held scoreless in against the San Jose Sharks in last year’s playoffs, with his Ducks getting swept out of the first round.
That’s a problem for the third-highest paid right-winger in the NHL. Only Patrick Kane and Jakub Voracek make more than Perry at that respective position.
The Ducks are hoping to convert their team away from some of the physical trappings and into a quicker style this winter, but Perry will have to wait to see how he adjusts.
This isn’t typical for Perry, this injury, as he hasn’t missed more than 15 games in a season since his NHL career began. He’s played in at least 80 regular season games seven times in his career, missing 11 contests last season with a lower body injury.
The Ducks have Perry under contract for two more seasons and he’ll make $9 million this campaign.
The club also has Patrick Eaves and Ryan Kesler on the shelf, both of whom could sit out the season opener against San Jose next Wednesday. Kesler has, at least, been cleared for contact in practice and took part in line rushes earlier in the week. He began last season on the IR as well and could be up for more of the same this year, but he’s hoping for the best.