Newly acquired Anaheim Ducks defenceman Mathieu Schneider will miss at least four weeks after breaking a bone in his left ankle.
Schneider suffered the injury during Saturday night's 3-2 pre-season victory over the Los Angeles Kings. On Sunday, an MRI showed that Schneider sustained a non-displaced fracture of the ankle.
Coach Randy Carlyle said Schneiderinjured himself when he turned and twisted his ankle in the corner while trying to close in on an L.A. player.
"It was very harmless looking, but obviously we got the worst-case scenario as far as what transpired," Carlyle said. "It's obviously something we didn't expect to happen, but injuries are part of the game and now somebody else will get more of an opportunity.
"This is the hand we're dealt, and we'll deal with it. Kent Huskins, Joe DiPenta, Shane Hnidy and Maxim Kondratiev are going to be expected to fill a larger role and play to another level. We feel they can make a contribution, so we'll see how it plays out."
Schneider was hit on the same ankle in the first day of camp after absorbing a wrist shot from Hnidy and limped off the ice.
"It's just something you have to deal with," teammate Sean O'Donnell said after Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to Phoenix. "I'm just glad it happened now, as opposed to February, March or April. Hopefully this will be the last time something like that happens to him."
The 38-year-old rearguard signed a two-year, $11.25-million contract with the Stanley Cup champions in the off-season. Schneider, who is entering his 20th NHL season, was signed by the Ducks as insurance in case captain Scott Niedermayer announces his retirement.
Although Anaheim's Brian Burke stated numerous times that he won't pressure Niedermayer, the GM did suspend his defenceman last Tuesday when he didn't report for training camp.
Schneider scored 11 goals and 41 assists in 68 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season. The veteran is coming off a broken wrist he suffered in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against San Jose on May 5.
The NHL journeyman has also played with Montreal, the NewYorkIslanders, Toronto, the New York Rangers and the Kings.