Anaheim Ducks right winger Corey Perry is expected to miss five months after undergoing right knee surgery Wednesday.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray announced the news Wednesday, two days after Perry sustained damage to his medial collateral ligament and meniscus during warmups prior to a preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes.
If Perry returns at the 20-week mark, the timeframe Murray mentioned, he might be back for the last 26 games of the Ducks’ 82-game regular season. Anaheim opens play Oct. 3 with a road game against the San Jose Sharks.
Perry, 33, won the 2010-11 Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s most valuable player. A four-time All-Star, he played on the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup championship squad.
Last season, Perry had 17 goals and 32 assists in 71 games, his lowest goal and point totals in a full NHL season since 2006-07.
He led the league with 50 goals in 2010-11 and has topped 30 goals six times in his career.
In 13 NHL seasons, all with Anaheim, Perry has 353 goals and 388 assists in 901 games.
According to multiple media outlets, Perry is making $9 million this year, and his contract carries an $8,625,000 salary-cap hit through 2021.
—Field Level Media