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Ducks C Kesler undergoes hip surgery

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler underwent hip surgery last week that will sideline the five-time Selke Trophy finalist for three months, the team announced Saturday.

The timetable nearly coincides with when Anaheim opens its preseason slate against the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 19.

Kesler had bone fragments removed during a general cleaning of his hip.

The 32-year-old Kesler collected 22 goals and 36 assists in the regular season, but was limited to just one tally in 17 playoff games for the Ducks.

Kesler is bidding to win his second Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's top defensive forward. Kesler won the award in 2011.

Also on Saturday, the Ducks signed left wing Nic Kerdiles to a one-year, two-way contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

Kerdiles, who is from Irvine, is the first player from Orange County to play for Anaheim. The 23-year-old secured his first career NHL point with an assist while playing in four playoff games this spring.

Kerdiles has collected 32 goals, 40 assists and 140 penalty minutes while appearing in 129 career AHL games with Norfolk and San Diego.

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