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Bad news for Anaheim Ducks defense

Sheldon Souray will not return this season
Sheldon Souray will not return this season
Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Though they are in the midst of an almost historic run, there was some rather somber news for the Anaheim Ducks. Jan 17, 2014, it was announced that defenseman Sheldon Souray had an additional surgical procedure today on his injured wrist, and will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season.

The procedure was performed in Los Angeles at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic (Dr. Steve Shin).

Souray had yet to play this season, after having undergone surgery to repair a ligament tear in his right wrist.

He had been on IR since Sep 11, 2013.

Originally, it had been hoped that he would return in early 2014.

The post-operative pain and discomfort had never subsided, therefore additional surgery was to repair an arthritic condition related to the original ligament tear.

Said Ducks' Executive VP/GM Bob Murray, "This is a difficult situation for Sheldon and a tough loss for the team. Sheldon has been in pain for quite some time. 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."

Last season, Souray paired with Francois Beauchemin to form the Ducks' top defensive duo.

Souray and Beauchemin both had a plus/minus rating of +19 last season, which was best on the team.

On the brighter side, the Ducks also announced today that defenseman Luca Sbisa (on IR since Nov 23, 2013, torn tendon in right hand), has been assigned to Norfolk (AHL), on a long-term conditioning loan.

*Anaheim Ducks will be on the road tonight, to face the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time is 5:00 pm PT.

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