Anaheim blueliner Clayton Stoner, who’s already missed significant time to injury this season, will be out another 4-6 weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery, the club announced yesterday.
Per the O.C. Register, Stoner had the procedure on Dec. 21 in Philadelphia. As mentioned, he’d already been sidelined by a lower-body ailment — no word if it’s related to the abdominal issue — and hadn’t played a game since Nov. 15, when he skated just over 17 minutes in a win over Edmonton.
Waived at the beginning of the year in what appeared to be a cap-relief move, Stoner played reasonably well when healthy. He had three points in 14 games while racking up 35 hits, but is still saddled with an albatrossian contract — he’s only in the third of a four-year, $13 million deal with a $3.25M average annual cap hit.