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Ryan Kesler Might Need Career-Ending Hip Surgery


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ANAHEIM -- Ryan Kesler could be facing career-ending surgery as the Anaheim Ducks center searches for options regarding his surgically repaired hip.


"We have to find some options for me. Not just for hockey, but for my life," the 34-year-old said Sunday, two days after the Ducks season ended. "Simple things, like putting on socks in the morning, are tough."


Kesler said the pain in his hip returned this season and became worse as the weeks wore on. He last played on March 6, his 1,001st NHL game, and missed Anaheim's final 15 games.


"I was in a good spot, and it's just the grind of the season," said Kessler, who has 573 points (258 goals, 315 assists) in 15 seasons with the Ducks and Vancouver Canucks. "The back-to-back games, and the four games in six nights. That's what broke me down and broke my hip down over the course of the year."


Kesler plans to meet with hip specialists during the next few weeks and then sit down with general manager Bob Murray, his agent and the doctors to discuss his future in the sport.


Kesler said the only surgery available to him is hip replacement.


"It would probably be career-ending," said Kesler, who signed a six-year, $41.25 million contract in July 15, 2015.



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Convenient? Guy is a warrior and 34 years old. He'd play if he could.


As someone who was just diagnosed with arthritis in his hip, this hits home.

It is absolutely convenient for the team to be able to LTIR his old expensive ass.

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