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Report: Ducks’ Thompson suffered two labral tears, expected out five to six months

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Surgery performed this week on Anaheim Ducks forward Nate Thompson has reportedly revealed further damage to his injured shoulder.

According to a report from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register on Friday evening, the operation revealed two labral tears, with a recovery time of five to six months for the 30-year-old Thompson.

The Ducks stated that Thompson would undergo surgery on Thursday. The hard-hitting forward missed the first round of the playoffs because of injury, before returning to the Ducks lineup against the Calgary Flames.

In his first season with the Ducks, Thompson scored five goals and 18 points in 80 games, before scoring twice with six points in 12 playoff games.

Ducks reveal Getzlaf has a sports hernia

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was very hard on himself in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final in what would ultimately be a 4-3 series loss to Chicago. As it turns out, he might not have been 100%.

The Ducks revealed that Getzlaf played through a sports hernia. It’s not clear when he sustained the injury and thus we don’t know how long he was dealing with the problem. He did record two goals and 20 points in 16 playoff contests, including an assist in Game 7 of Anaheim’s series against the Blackhawks.

The good news is that Getzlaf will not require surgery. Teammate Nate Thompson unfortunately can’t say the same.

Thompson, 30, is scheduled to have a shoulder operation today. He was hurt in a game against Arizona on April 11 and missed the first round of the playoffs as a result. However, he returned on April 30 and went on to record two goals and six points in 12 postseason contests.

It’s not yet known what the timetable is for Thompson’s recovery, per the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.

Video: ‘Pests’ Paquette and Shaw trade goals

Heading into Game 2, Jonathan Toews noted that Cedric Paquette has big shoes to fill compared to the pesky ways of Ryan Kesler. The Tampa Bay Lightning would likely be satisfied if he scores some points.

That happened early on Saturday, as Paquette paid of a stream of Lightning chances with this 1-0 goal:

The Lightning came into the 2015 Stanley Cup Final undefeated when they scored first in the postseason, yet they lost Game 1. Can they hold off the Chicago Blackhawks this time around?

One thing’s clear: the pace of Game 2’s first period is right up there with Game 1’s hectic opening frame.

Oh yeah, and Jonathan Drouin is definitely making his presence felt. Speaking of presences, could we see Kyle Cumiskey as a scratch after that 1-0 goal?

Update: So far, it’s a night for pests, as Andrew Shaw sent home a rebound to make it 1-1. Tampa Bay’s lead did not last very long.

Also, this:

‘I’m still huge on Columbus,’ says star collegiate d-man Reilly

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Though he’s currently in the process of talking to other teams, University of Minnesota standout Mike Reilly — drafted by Columbus four years ago — says he could still very well end up with the Blue Jackets.

“I haven’t been able to talk to any teams until now since I had to wait 30 days after withdrawing from school,” Reilly said Wednesday, per NHL.com. “There’s a lot of things that go on, but I think it’s good to kind of see what else is out there. I’m still huge on Columbus. But to be in this situation is pretty unique.”

Reilly is currently at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo where, per agent Pat Brisson, he’s meeting with a handful of suitors. It’s believed Chicago and Minnesota (his dad, also named Mike, is a minority owner of the Wild) are among the frontrunners for his services, and there’s a good reason why other teams are trying to get into that mix; the 21-year-old Reilly was a Hobey Baker candidate and two-time All-American that, this season, became the first d-man in nearly 20 years to lead the Golden Gophers in scoring.

Last month, he announced he was leaving the University of Minnesota and upped his professional stock by representing Team USA at the Worlds, where he appeared in all 10 games and helped the Americans capture bronze.

Columbus has been trying to get Reilly signed for quite some time. GM Jarmo Kekalainen worked at inking him repeatedly throughout the last year and, upon trading d-man James Wisniewski at the deadline, said the move would open up a spot for Reilly at the NHL level.

But Reilly seemed determined to test free agent waters, not unlike what former Boston College standout Kevin Hayes did last summer. Hayes, taken in the first round by Chicago in 2010, balked on signing his entry-level deal with the ‘Hawks and instead went UFA, eventually signing with the Rangers.

It’s something that collegiate players can exploit to their benefit. While there’s a cap on how much Reilly can earn on his ELC, he does now have control of his destination and which organization might give him the best chance at playing right away — or, winning right away.

Prized Gophers d-man Reilly to meet with teams at combine (Updated)

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Here’s the latest on collegiate standout and former Columbus property Mike Reilly, who’s set to test free agent waters after balking on signing with the Blue Jackets:

Reilly, 21, is a pretty hot commodity. He was a Hobey Baker candidate and two-time All-American that, this season, became the first d-man in nearly 20 years to lead the Golden Gophers in scoring. Last month, he announced he was leaving the University of Minnesota and upped his professional stock by representing Team USA at the Worlds, where he appeared in all 10 games and helped the Americans capture bronze.

Taken by Columbus in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Reilly is following in the footsteps of former Boston College product Kevin Hayes. Hayes, taken in the first round by Chicago in 2010, passed on joining the Blackhawks to become an unrestricted free agent, and quickly signed with the Rangers.

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen tried to sign Reilly repeatedly throughout the last year and, upon trading d-man James Wisniewski at the deadline, said the move opened up a spot for Reilly at the NHL level. But the wooing didn’t work — it always felt as though Reilly was going to go UFA, regardless of the situation in Columbus.

It’ll be interesting to see which teams Reilly speaks with at the combine. His dad, also named Mike, is a minority owner of the Minnesota Wild, which has led to speculation the younger Reilly could opt to sign with his hometown team.

Update: Interesting bit here, from the Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo…

From everybody I have talked to, I believe that as of right now the Blackhawks are the frontrunners.

As I wrote last week, there are entry-level parameters, so it’s not like any team can sweeten offers. This will come down to which team sells their program best to Reilly and where he sees the best fit and clearest path to the NHL.

The Blackhawks could be selling to the left-shot, mobile Reilly that he’s the eventual Nick Leddy replacement.