The Anaheim Ducks will be without Simon Despres indefinitely as he undergoes tests for a possible concussion. The defenceman logged 16:08 of ice time in the Ducks loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, but did not play a shift in the third period.
"I'm not going to let him back on the ice until he's 100 per cent, Ducks’ general manager Bob Murray told reporters on Friday. “It's early in the year and I won't put him on the ice unless he's ready."
The 25-year-old blue liner, who is in his third season with the Ducks, missed 42 games last season with a concussion after being hit by Avalanche defenceman, Tyson Barrie, in the fourth game of the season.
Then in March, Despres was sidelined again following a hit during a game against the Montreal Canadiens, which caused the concussion symptoms to return.
Due to the concussions, Despres was limited to just 32 games last season in which he registered four assists and eight penalty minutes while averaging 19:38 in ice time.
With Despres sidelined, the Ducks will likely turn to either Clayton Stoner or Korbinian Holzer, who were scratched in the season opener, when they return to action on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.