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Ducks announce Getzlaf has hernia, Thompson to undergo surgery

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Ryan Getzlaf (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Ducks announce Getzlaf has hernia, Thompson to undergo surgery

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Nate Thompson’s shoulder injury that held him out of the first round of the post-season will see him undergo surgery and Ryan Getzlaf will rehab a sports hernia over the summer but is expected to be in shape for training camp. Both Getzlaf and Thompson battled through the injuries in the post-season.

The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that captain Ryan Getzlaf and center Nate Thompson were battling through injuries this post-season.

Thompson, who is fighting a shoulder injury, will be required to go under the knife to repair the ailment, while Getzlaf, who is suffering from a sports hernia, will be able to rehab his injury without surgery. Thompson’s surgery will take place Thursday and, at this time, there’s no timeline regarding whether or not he’ll be available for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

That Thompson would need surgery wasn’t discovered until recently, when he underwent an MRI for the injury. He first suffered the injury during an April 11 regular season contest against Arizona and it kept him out of the Ducks’ first-round series against the Winnipeg Jets. Luckily for Thompson and his wish to play in the post-season, Anaheim swept Winnipeg and the break allowed his shoulder to heal enough that he could play in the second round against the Calgary Flames.

Shoulder injury or not, Thompson had one of the most productive runs of his career, picking up two goals and six points through 12 playoff games. During the regular season, Thompson had mustered just five goals and 18 points in 80 games. Coach Bruce Boudreau relied heavily upon Thompson in the post-season, as he averaged nearly 15:30 per outing, up more than two minutes from his regular season ice time.

As for Getzlaf, if the sports hernia was hindering his ability, it didn’t show. Through 16 playoff games, he had registered two goals and 20 points and averaged close to 22:30 per game. According to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens, the plan is for Getzlaf to rehab over the course of the summer and be ready for the regular season.

Getzlaf had missed two games in February with a lower body injury and another two to close out the regular season, but the late-season injury was undisclosed.

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Ducks announce Getzlaf has hernia, Thompson to undergo surgery