Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin had shoulder surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out for four months. He is expected to be ready at the beginning of training camp in September. Beauchemin was the Ducks best defenseman for most of last season, although his play did drop off a bit towards the end of the season. When the season ended Beauchemin admitted that he was playing with a bad shoulder at the end of the season, which explains why we were not seeing the big hits we are used to seeing from him. He is signed through the 2014-2015 season, so barring a trade he is likely to be a key part of the Ducks defense for the next 3 seasons. The only other Ducks player that is signed for that long is Bobby Ryan.
The other Ducks defenseman to have surgery this off season was Toni Lydman. Lydman had surgery to repair a torn cartilage in his knee. Two seasons ago Lydman was one of the best defenseman the Ducks had, playing great at his shutdown role stopping the other teams best forwards every game. This season his play was not nearly as effective. His +/- dropped from a team high +32 in 2010-2011 to being an even +0 this season. His point totals also dropped from 25 points in 2010-2011 to only 13 points this season. It is possible that his drop in play had a lot to do with this, and other injuries he had. Lydman will be in the last year of his three year contract with the Ducks this season, and is a top candidate to be traded if the Ducks do not plan to re-sign him next off-season.