Teemu Selanne to have oral surgery, will return to Ducks in mid-November
Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne will undergo oral surgery on Wednesday and be sidelined approximately two weeks as he rehabs an injury to his mouth suffered in Tuesday’s win on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers.
According to a report Wednesday from Fox Sports, the 43-year-old veteran is missing four teeth after taking a shot to the upper mouth from the stick of Flyers’ defenseman Luke Schenn in the 3-2 victory. The wound required 40 stitches.
According to the Ducks’ Twitter feed, head coach Bruce Boudreau said either Dustin Penner, who recently suffered a concussion, or Rickard Rakell will take Selanne’s spot in the lineup when Anaheim takes on the Bruins in Boston on Oct. 31.
Before the Ducks embarked on an eight-game road trip, the team saw a number of its player sustain injuries. Goalie Viktor Fasth suffered a lower body injury, centers Saku Koivu took a hit to the head and Mathieu Perreault injured his wrist, and forward Jakob Silfverberg went down with a broken hand.
Selanne currently has three goals and four assists in what he has said will be the final season in the NHL. He is currently on a one-year, $2 million deal with the Ducks for his 21st season.
Heading into Thursday’s game at Boston, the Ducks are 10-3 and second in the Pacific Division.