ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -New Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider will be out at least four weeks after breaking a bone in the left ankle during his first preseason game with the Stanley Cup champions.
An MRI taken Sunday revealed that Schneider sustained a non-displaced fracture of the ankle Saturday night in Anaheim's 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.
The 38-year-old Schneider, beginning his 20th NHL season, signed a two-year, $11.25-million deal with Anaheim. The Ducks brought him aboard this summer as insurance in case captain Scott Niedermayer decides to retire. The team isn't pressuring Niedermayer for a decision, but did suspend him last Tuesday when he didn't report for training camp.
Schneider had 11 goals and 41 assists in 68 games with Detroit last season, his fourth with the Red Wings. He broke his wrist in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against San Jose on May 5 and missed the rest of the postseason.