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Ryan Kesler may miss start of Ducks training camp

Center has hip surgery, expected to resume activities in 12 weeks

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Center Ryan Kesler may miss the start of training camp for the Anaheim Ducks after having hip surgery last week.

The Ducks announced Saturday that Kesler had the procedure to clean up bone fragments and will resume activities in 12 weeks. Anaheim opens the 2017-18 preseason on Sept. 19 against the San Jose Sharks.

Kesler had 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) in 82 games this season. He is a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward for the fifth time in his career. Kesler won the award in 2011.

The 32-year-old had eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help Anaheim advance to the Western Conference Final for the second time in the past three seasons. The Ducks lost to the Nashville Predators in six games.

The Ducks will have to protect Kesler from the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft because of his no-movement clause. Anaheim submitted its list of protected players Saturday at 5 p.m. ET. All 30 teams will have their lists released to the public on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET. Vegas' picks will be unveiled at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

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