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***Sutton Projected Out for 6-8 Weeks***

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Andy Sutton will be out for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery this morning at Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles to repair the defenseman's right thumb, which was fractured in an altercation with former Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei at the teams' season opener in Detroit last week.

Anaheim has recently called up defenseman Brett Festerling and signed free agent defenseman Andreas Lilja to address the loss of Sutton and the continued absence of fellow offseason acquisition Toni Lydman.

Sutton has a rather long injury history, much of it due to the fact that he is a dedicated shot blocker, and he has thus rarely played more than 70 games in his 11 year NHL career.  The Ducks' current timetable would have the blueliner out for at least the next 20 contests on the team's schedule.  

Sutton's injury history courtesy of SBN after the jump...


October 9, 2010 Thumb injury, sidelined indefinitely.
August 2, 2010 Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks to a two-year contract.
March 2, 2010 Acquired from the New York Islanders.
December 14, 2009 Missed 6 games (groin).
November 28, 2009 Groin, day-to-day.
April 12, 2009 Missed the last 50 games of the regular season (broken foot).
December 19, 2008 Broken foot, sidelined indefinitely.
December 11, 2008 Missed 1 game (flu).
December 9, 2008 Flu, day-to-day.
October 30, 2008 Missed 8 games (hand surgery).
October 7, 2008 Hand surgery, sidelined indefinitely.
April 5, 2008 Missed the last 22 games of the regular season (leg injury).
February 18, 2008 Leg injury, left Monday's game.
February 2, 2008 Missed 2 games (flu).
January 29, 2008 Flu, day-to-day.
August 10, 2007 Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Islanders to a three-year contract.
January 30, 2007 Missed 27 games (ankle injury).
November 28, 2006 Ankle injury, mid-February.
December 15, 2005 Missed 1 game (flu).
December 13, 2005 Flu, day-to-day.
October 15, 2005 Suspended by the NHL for 4 games.
August 11, 2005 Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers.
February 22, 2005 NHL lockout: Loaned to the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League.
September 24, 2004 NHL lockout: Signed with the GCK Lions of the Swiss National League-B.
February 10, 2004 Missed 16 games (fractured left foot).
January 1, 2004 Fractured left foot, sidelined indefinitely.
July 17, 2003 Re-signed by the Atlanta Thrashers.
April 6, 2003 Missed the last 27 games of the regular season (sprained ankle).
February 14, 2003 Sprained ankle, sidelined indefinitely.
February 12, 2003 Sprained ankle, left Wednesday's game.
June 27, 2002 Re-signed by the Atlanta Thrashers.
April 7, 2002 Missed 2 games (mild concussion).
April 3, 2002 Mild concussion, day-to-day.
January 22, 2002 Acquired from the Minnesota Wild.
January 18, 2002 Missed 4 games (groin).
January 10, 2002 Groin, day-to-day.
November 23, 2001 Missed 11 games (separated right shoulder).
November 2, 2001 Separated right shoulder, sidelined indefinitely.
August 3, 2001 Re-signed by the Minnesota Wild.
April 8, 2001 Missed the last game of the regular season (shoulder injury).
November 15, 2000 Missed 2 games (knee injury).
November 10, 2000 Knee injury, day-to-day.