Ducks’ Despres sidelined by 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.
Author:
Publish date:
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

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.

TOP HEADLINES

unnamed (2)
Play

What if Cam Neely had been dealt to Montreal instead of Boston?

According to the authorized biography of Habs legend Serge Savard, which takes readers through a remarkable playing and managing career, that came very close to happening.

BLR
Play

Should Belarus Still Host The World Championship?

The European nation is slated to co-host with Latvia, but with Belarus in the midst of political revolt, safety must be considered by the IIHF.

USATSI_11277227_168393426_lowres
Play

Ryan and Akil's Excellent Adventure

The prospects from Edmonton and Los Angeles are two Canadian kids getting game experience in Europe right now - and learning just how different food can be over there.