Simon Despres
D FA
3 months ago

Despres agreed to terms on a contract with HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Despres appeared in just one contest all of last season after suffering a concussion. One has to wonder if NHL clubs were hesitant to give him a look over concerns he might suffer another head injury. Instead the blueliner will head to Europe for the first time in his six-year professional career.

Simon Despres
D FA
5 months ago

Despres (head) has been waived and, if unclaimed, will be bought out of his remaining four-year contract, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despres missed all but one game of the 2016-17 campaign with a concussion, which per NHL rules, must have received medical clearance in order to allow them to waive him. If the 25-year-old is picked up off waivers, Anaheim will be free and clear of his $3.7 million cap hit. If not, they will save $2.4 million against the cap in 2017-18 and would actually receive a cap credit in the following two years. Assuming there aren't any lingering concerns about his concussion history, the blueliner could be picked up by another club -- although likely not until after his buyout is complete given his inflated price tag.

Simon Despres
D FA
6 months ago

Despres (head) won't suit up for Game 6 on Sunday in Edmonton.

EDGE Analysis

Despres continues to watch the game from afar and it's unclear at this point when, or even if, he'll be able to play during the playoffs. Expect more updates on his status once he begins practicing with the team again.

Simon Despres
D FA
7 months ago

Despres (head) wasn't out for warmups ahead of Game 5 on Friday, per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register. This is a clear indication that he won't play.

EDGE Analysis

Despres has only managed to play in one game all season, and that was the Oct. 13 season opener. He was taken off injured reserve in late April, but the Ducks aren't about to throw him into the fire in the middle of a tough playoff series.

Simon Despres
D FA
7 months ago

Despres (head) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

EDGE Analysis

While there's no guarantee that Despres will be ready to go when the Ducks open the second round of the playoffs against the Oilers, his removal from the ranks of the IR seems to suggest that he could be ready for Game 1. The 25-year-old has not suited up since being knocked out of action during the first game of the season, so even if he is able to go soon, there's a chance he'll be dealing with some rust as he gets readjusted.

Simon Despres
D FA
1 year ago

Despres could miss an extended period of time due to his head injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Ducks' general manager Bob Murray characterized the situation as a "very sensitive issue."

EDGE Analysis

The overall tone when discussing Despres' ailment on Tuesday was very somber and seemed to imply that he could be dealing with a head issue similar to what players like Marc Savard have dealt with in the past. Hopefully it isn't as serious as that, but either way we wouldn't expect to see Despres on the ice anytime soon.

Simon Despres
D FA
1 year ago

Despres (head) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

EDGE Analysis

Despres is believed to be dealing with a concussion, and the veteran defender has no timetable for his return to game action. However, per league rules, he'll be eligible to return once healthy, assuming the placement on IR is retroactive to his first and only game played this season -- Oct. 13 against Dallas.

Simon Despres
D FA
1 year ago

Despres (head) has returned to Southern California after visiting specialists on the East Coast and remains without a timetable to return, the Orange County-Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despres exited last Thursday's contest with the upper-body issue and it sounds as though it could be a concussion issue. It's a bit concerning, as general manager Bob Murray suggested that it may be a recurrence of the issues he went through last season. Considering he's back home, it's safe to rule him out for Thursday's contest and it's quite possible the blueliner will miss beyond that.

Simon Despres
D FA
1 year ago

Despres (upper-body) is out for Tuesday's contest against New Jersey, Eric Stephens of OCRegister.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despres suffered the injury on Thursday and it is now reported that he could be dealing with concussion-like symptoms. If it's confirmed that the blueliner did indeed sustain the ailment, he could be sidelined until November as the swelling in his head subsides. In the meantime, Jacob Larsson figures to see an uptick in his ice time on Anaheim's second defensive line.

Simon Despres
D FA
1 year ago

Despres (upper body) will miss Sunday's game against the Islanders.

EDGE Analysis

This will be the second game in a row that Despres will miss due to the upper body injury that he suffered on Thursday night. He remains day-to-day for now and his status will be worth monitoring leading up to the Ducks' next game on Tuesday. With Korbinian Holzer also scratched Sunday, look to rookie Jacob Larsson to receive more ice time.