The injury occurred in the team's preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes, as the Ducks were forced to take him out of that game. This injury is even more unfortunate due to the fact that Perry was looking to bounce back from two down seasons for Anaheim. In the last two seasons he has posted just 19 goals in 82 games and 17 goals in 71 games. The struggles were highlighted even more last year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as he went scoreless over four games in a first-round sweep against the San Jose Sharks.
This comes after averaging 30 goals per season over the previous six years, including a 50-goal campaign in 2010-2011, which earned him the Hart Trophy that season.
After that, he compiled just 49 points last season, which the captain Ryan Getzlaf knows isn't necessarily acceptable. The captain mentioned when asked about Perry's struggles "he knows where he has to be." Those expectations were raised even more when he became the third-highest paid right wing in the NHL, behind only Patrick Kane and Jakub Voracek. That contract includes a $8.625 million cap hit through the 2021 season.
He will not be able to work on playing up to that contract until at least February, as his Ducks will begin the season without him on October 3rd against the Sharks.