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Ducks' Foster questionable for start of regular season

September 19, 2011 |  5:11 pm


Injured shoulders, strained groin … wire removal.

Yes, that would be the Ducks' injury report, and, oddly enough, the third item was accurate on Monday. Ducks defenseman Kurtis Foster was scheduled to have a procedure at UCI Medical Center to remove a piece of wire from his left thigh.

The wire was placed -- intentionally -- there when his fractured leg was surgically repaired in March 2008. Unfortunately, Foster, who was acquired from the Oilers in July, has been feeling irritation and inflammation in his leg before Ducks camp opened and an X-ray showed the wire as the culprit.

He will be out two to four weeks, meaning he is questionable for the start of the regular season. The Ducks open in Helsinki on Oct. 7.

The strange nature of Foster's injury explained, in part, why Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle had a hard time trying to describe what exactly was going on with Foster.

It was far  easier to talk about why forward Bobby Ryan sat out Monday’s morning scrimmage

“Bobby Ryan has a groin strain that we felt, and the training staff felt, it would be better to rest it another day,” Carlyle said. “His strength is back and he feels much better than he did yesterday. I would suspect he is going to skate tomorrow.”

Carlyle said that defenseman Mathieu Carle “didn’t feel very good today” after riding the stationary bike for about five minutes. “We decided to shut him down and we won’t push that,” said Carlyle, who didn’t know whether Carle had suffered a concussion. Carle smacked hard into the end boards in Sunday’s practice.

Defenseman Toni Lydman (shoulder surgery) has not been cleared for contact.

“Hopefully soon but no idea. . . . I’m not going to rush it even if the (first) games are in Finland,” Lydman said.


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Photo: Ducks winger Bobby Ryan in a game against the Kings. Credit: Los Angeles Times