Ducks RW Selanne avoids surgery after MRI reveals no damage

Updated: December 21, 2008, 1:52 AM ET
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An MRI on Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne's left thigh revealed the cut he suffered in Friday's win at Edmonton did not damage any tendons or other connective issue and he will not require surgery, team spokesman Alex Gilchrist said late Saturday.

Teemu Selanne

Selanne

The 38-year-old right winger is expected to return to the Ducks' lineup in four to six weeks.

Selanne sliced his leg with his own skate during a collision with Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshokov in the first period of his 1,100 NHL game. He had to be helped off the ice and did not return to the game.

"I knew right away that I got cut," Selanne said in a statement released by the Ducks. "It was scary how much blood was coming out. It was all over. You couldn't even stop it."

The Ducks recalled Andrew Ebbett from minor league Iowa to replace Selanne in the lineup. Ebbett has 10 goals and 29 points in 28 games with the Chops this season.

Selanne signed a two-year, $5.25 million contract with Anaheim in September. The 10-time All-Star is the franchise leader in goals, points and game-winning goals. He has 14 goals and 13 assists this season.

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