Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg underwent successful surgery yesterday for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and to repair a torn labrum in his right hip and will be out four to six months. Surgery was performed by Dr. Michael Banffy, orthopaedic surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.
The 30-year-old Silfverberg has eight goals and eight assists in playing all 47 of Anaheim's games this season. In eight seasons with the Ducks, he has 136 goals and 152 assists.
"Jakob is a great teammate and leader in our locker room," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray in a statement. "He did everything he could to continue playing, but after two years dealing with this issue, now is the right time to help him get to 100 percent. He has been an impactful player in all situations for us, and we are confident he will return to full health by next season."
Said Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins, "It's been slowly building up and something he was able to get through last year, and then it started rearing its ugly head again. Silfvy is such a tough kid and he wanted to do everything he could to help his teammates and the organization, and he just kept going. It got to the point where it was the right decision to get it done now with the hope he's ready to rip at the start of next season.
"Him being out creates opportunity, but we will not be able to replace him. He's one of our top penalty killers, he's solid in every part of the game, he brings us quiet leadership, he's a great mentor to his teammates. You just don't replace those guys, but I am happy he's finally got it done and he can start his recovery process."