The reverberations from the Ducks’ playoff elimination were felt deeply Thursday, enough to have an impact on their off-season strategy and next season.
Defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen are expected to have shoulder surgery to repair torn la-brums, general manager Bob Murray said. Lindholm will need four to five months of recovery and Vatanen “is worse,” Murray said.
Vatanen and Lindholm were injured in the first-round series against the Calgary Flames. Both played through the second and third rounds.
“Tough kids,” Murray said.
Their recoveries will cut into next season and will make Murray’s job more difficult. The Ducks’ supply of young defensemen...