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Kesler not expected to play next season after undergoing hip surgery

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Ryan Kesler will have to wait a long time before making his return to NHL action.

The Anaheim Ducks confirmed that the veteran forward will likely miss the 2019/2020 season after undergoing surgery to repair his injured right hip earlier last week on May 9.

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray isn’t even sure whether Kesler will be able to play again.

“At this point Ryan needs to think about his life and family,” said Murray.

“The pain he felt was significant, and we agree with his decision to have this surgery. While it’s unlikely he will play in 2019-20, we will support any decision he makes about his future playing career. He deserves the utmost respect, which he will receive from the entire Ducks organization as he contemplates his future.”

The 34-year old, who has missed 60 combined games in the past two seasons due to injury woes, is coming off one of his worst statistical seasons since coming up with the Vancouver Canucks organization in the mid 2000’s.

In 60 games, he posted just five goals, three assists, 48 penalty minutes, and a career-worst minus-19 rating.

He is slated to earn $6,675,000 a season with an annual cap hit of $6,875,000 until his contract expires following the 2021/2022 season.

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John Tortorella has procedure to remove skin cancer from forehead

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The Columbus Blue Jackets can breathe a sigh of relief, their head coach is going to be just fine.

The team announced that John Tortorella underwent a successful procedure earlier this week to remove a form of skin cancer known as basal cell from his forehead.

Apparently the condition was considered to not be serious, and he had been holding off from getting it removed for a bit. Per American Cancer Society, it is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States that affects millions on an annual basis. It usually grows on sun exposed areas of the head and neck.

He met with media in great spirits, sporting a surigical cut on his forehead prior to Wednesday’s game vs the Dallas Stars. They ended up winning the contest 3-2 to improve to 3-3-0 on the season.

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Lightning star Nikita Kucherov no longer concerned about individual accolades, focused on winning Stanley Cup

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Last postseason’s embarrassing sweep in the first round has changed Nikita Kucherov’s mentality in the best way possible.

Instead of looking back at his individual success, the Tampa Bay Lightning star admits he is playing this season with a different mental approach. The only thing that truly matters is winning the Stanley Cup.

“I don’t care about the personal stuff, I mean you do care because you want to play well. But at the end of the day, you want to remember the fun part and winning the Cup and having your name on it.” said Kucherov earlier this week.

The 26-year old, who won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award as league MVP after recording 128 points in 2018/19, posted two goals and two assists in the team’s 7-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

He has three goals, three assists and a plus-2 rating in four games so far this season.

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Blackhawks ink forward Alex DeBrincat to three-year extension

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Alex DeBrincat just got a lot wealthier.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have signed young winger Alex DeBrincat to a three-year, $19.2 million contract extension.

The deal will pay him an average annual value of $6.4 million through the 2022/2023 season. He is currently in the final year of his entry-level contract that pays him slightly under $895,000 in 2019/2020.

The 21-year old, who was selected 39th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, is coming off a career-best season where he posted 41 goals and 35 assists in 82 games. He became the first Blackhawks player since Jeremy Roenick in 1990/1991 to score 40+ goals before the age of 21.

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