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‘We’ll be lucky to see him before trade deadline': Ducks’ Thompson out with ruptured Achilles tendon

Anaheim Ducks v Nashville Predators - Game Six

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 25: Nate Thompson #44 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 25, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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Last June, surgery revealed Nate Thompson had further damage to an injured shoulder,which would keep him out of the Anaheim Ducks lineup until the beginning of December.

A year later, he has now suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon.

It will keep the rugged 31-year-old forward out for several months, perhaps until next year’s NHL trade deadline.

Once he returned from his shoulder injury, Thompson played 49 regular season games, scoring three goals and six points for the Ducks.

He also appeared in seven playoff games for Anaheim this year, scoring twice before the Ducks were eliminated by the Nashville Predators.