Duck update: Jason Blake to have surgery to repair tendon
Ducks veteran forward Jason Blake, who suffered a severe cut above his left wrist in Friday night's game against the Sharks, will have surgery on Monday to repair damage to a tendon.
The team announced Saturday that Blake will be out of action for about three months but is expected to make a full recovery. He was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange immediately after the game and received sutures to close the wound.
His surgery, to be performed by Dr. David Hay, will be at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic. Blake was released from UCI Medical Center on Saturday morning.
"Jason is resting at home and doing very well," said Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray in a statement. "This was an unfortunate, freak accident, but we are pleased to hear that Jason is expected to make a full and complete recovery. He's a real character person and teammate, and we look forward to having him back in our lineup when he's ready."
Blake, 38, is a former winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy, given for perseverance and dedication to the sport. He won it in 2008 when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs, having been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia
On Friday, Blake was injured about midway through the third period of the Ducks' 1-0 victory over San Jose at Honda Center, getting accidentally cut by the skate of Sharks defenseman Brent Burns after falling to the ice during a scramble following a faceoff.
Not long after the game, Burns tweeted his concern on his own Twitter account @Burnzie88: "Hoping Jason Blake is okay and back soon....Scary accident."
The Ducks players were deeply concerned in the dressing room, and Coach Randy Carlyle said that the cut Blake suffered was "severe."
Photo: Ducks forward Jason Blake during the season opener against the Rangers in Stockholm. Credit: Ina Fassbender / Reuters