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Andrej Sekera of Oilers to miss start of next season with torn ACL

Defenseman was injured in Game 5 of Western Conference Second Round against Ducks @NHLdotcom

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera will miss the start of next season because of a torn ACL, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday.

Sekera, 30, is expected to have surgery Thursday and will need 6-9 months to recover.

Sekera was injured in the first period of Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round after a hit into the boards by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf. The Oilers were eliminated by the Ducks in seven games.

Sekera had three points (one goal, two assists) in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games and was fifth on the Oilers with an average ice time of 21:10 per game. He had 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 80 regular-season games.

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