The Anaheim Ducks won’t have Jakob Silfverberg back this season, as the veteran forward has undergone hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. The recovery timeline is between four and six months according to Elliott Teaford of The OC Register.
Silfverberg, 30, signed a new five-year extension with the Ducks back in spring of 2019, meaning he’s still under contract for the next three seasons at a $5.25MM cap hit. Unfortunately, his offensive productions declined rapidly this season, with just eight goals and 16 points in 47 games. Just five of those points came in the last 21 games, so perhaps shutting down Silfverberg to get him fully healthy is a good choice.
If he isn’t one of the victims of an Anaheim rebuild, the team will need him to get back to his previous level–that of a consistent 20-goal, 40-point man. When that kind of production is added to Silfverberg’s strong defensive impact, it creates a valuable player. If he isn’t scoring, that $5.25MM price tag suddenly looks pretty expensive.
With the league still looking at the beginning of October to start the 2021-22 season, there’s a chance that Silfverberg isn’t ready to go on opening day. He seems likely to miss at least part of training camp during his rehab, though obviously, things will have to be re-evaluated throughout the summer.