The Anaheim Ducks announced today that defenseman Kevin Bieksa will undergo surgery to remove scar tissue from his left hand and miss 2-5 weeks.
NEWS: Defenseman Kevin Bieksa will undergo surgery on his left hand today to remove scar tissue. He is expected to be out of the lineup 2-5 weeks. pic.twitter.com/jyvJiqFLUW— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 16, 2018
Bieksa has apparently been dealing with this injury for most of the season, according to Eric Stephens of the Southern California News Group. Interestingly, the injury and Bieksa’s apparent struggles with it was one of the main impetuses for calling up Marcus Pettersson back in February.
Head coach Randy Carlyle skirted around a question asking to what extent the injury had been affecting his play recently.
“I think you’d have to ask him that,” Carlyle said. “To take the step to have the correction done, it obviously was an issue. Certain individuals have certain strengths they have to play to. This was something that was bothering him.”
The decision was made to have the surgery now for a chance that Bieksa could return for a potential playoff run.
To fill Bieksa’s roster spot, Korbinian Holzer was recalled from the San Diego Gulls to serve as a 7th defenseman.