The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Corey Perry had undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus and MCL injuries in his right knee and will be out for approximately 5 months.
Perry undergoes surgery for torn meniscus and MCL injuries, expected to miss five months.https://t.co/con4H8oJhu— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) September 26, 2018
The 33-year-old right winger was scratched during warmups before Monday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes where he aggravated the injury.
Anaheim Calling reported the news that Perry had played most of the 2016-2017 season on a sprained MCL, and The Athletic’s Eric Stephens indicated today that this knee had prior issues, making this development not entirely surprising.
Perry is entering the 6th season of an 8-year, $8.625 million contract that has been a point of criticism for many both outside and within the Ducks organization with his goal-scoring touch seemingly fading after failing to break the 20 goal mark over the previous two seasons. However, he still ranks 3rd on the team in points over those seasons with 102 points in 153 games, trailing only Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell.
This will be the longest injured reserved stretch of Perry’s entire career, having missed no more than 15 games in a season since his debut in the 2005-2006 season.
With Perry out of the lineup for an extended period, the Ducks youth movement will likely be fully underway. Barring a last-minute trade or free agent signing, prospects Troy Terry and Kiefer Sherwood will likely secure two of the right wing spots available on opening night with Patrick Eaves not expected to be ready for the start of the season.