Toni Lydman (Via Curtis Zupke of the OC Register)

Foster and Lydman Making Progress

The Ducks lost two of their top defensemen before the season even started due to surgery.

Toni Lydman (shoulder) and Kurtis Foster (thigh) have both made steady progress recently.

Lydman missed all of pre-season and the Ducks two games in Europe. He has been cleared for contact was cleared for contact by doctors on Monday. He has been participating in practices since then and there have been no reports of a set back. We could easily see him back for the home opener against the San Jose Sharks on October 14th.

Lydman is a key to the Ducks defense. He will most likely be paired up with Toni Lydman, which will dominate, and he will be huge for the Ducks penalty kill. We need all the help we can get, considering all the penalties they love to take.

Kurtis Foster has missed the majority of pre-season, as well as their two games in Europe. Foster has accepted a condition assignment with the Syracuse Crunch. Foster was expected to be out for 2-4 weeks and this is a start to his return. He will continue to play for the Crunch, and depending on how well he does, hopefully he should be back in the lineup soon.

Foster is a veteran blue-liner who has tons of experience. He is crucial to the Ducks defense because he provides consistent play and will show the rookies how its done.

With a complete d-line, the Ducks will be an even more serious contender than they are now.

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