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Simon Despres | Defenseman | #6

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/27/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 218
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (30) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Simon Despres has reportedly signed a one-year contract with Slovan of the KHL.
Despres was bought out by the Anaheim Ducks over the summer, and he was unable to land another NHL gig. Concussions have really slowed down his career. He was limited to just one game last season because of a concussion. The 25-year-old leaves the NHL with 43 points in 193 games. He's still relatively young, so a return to the NHL isn't completely out of the question. Thu, Aug 24, 2017 05:13:00 PM

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The Anaheim Ducks have confirmed their intention to buyout Simon Despres' contract.

Despres was only one season into his five-year, $18.5 million deal. He missed all-but one game in the 2016-17 campaign due to a concussion and he was absent for most of 2015-16 due to concussion-issues as well.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 06:33:00 PM

Simon Despres has been put on waivers for the purposes of being bought out.

Despres only played in one game in 2016-17 due to a concussion, but he did resume skating during the playoffs. Hopefully he'll be able to bounce back and stay healthy going forward, even if it would mean signing with a different team. He's only gone through one season of his five-year, $18.5 million contract.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Simon Despres (concussion) skated before practice on Tuesday.

He has played in only one game this season because of a concussion. It's good to learn that he is back on skates, but you shouldn't expect to see him return to the lineup any time soon.
Wed, May 10, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Simon Despres (concussion) might be sidelined for a very long time.

"And it’s one that my whole goal is to hopefully make it so that Simon in the end of all this lives a happy, healthy normal life and it’s going to take some time before we get to that point," Ducks GM Bob Murray said. Despres was plagued by concussion problems during the 2015-16 campaign and it's believed that his current issue is a recurrence of that. He's in the first season of a five-year, $18.5 million deal.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 04:17:00 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have placed Simon Despres (upper body) on LTIR.

The move alleviates $3.7M of cap hit off the books, but it's also a terrible sign for Despres' health. He's believed to be dealing with a concussion, and clearly is not expected back any time soon.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 02:18:00 PM

Simon Despres (upper body) is back in Anaheim while his teammates prepare for a game in Philadelphia on Thursday.

That's the last game of Anaheim's season-opening five-game road trip though, so Despres and the Ducks won't be separated for much longer. That being said, it's not clear when Despres will be able to return to the Ducks' lineup. While it's not confirmed, it's believed that Despres is dealing with concussion symptoms.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 09:51:00 AM

Simon Despres (upper body) is believed to be dealing with concussion symptoms again.

He missed half of the 2015-16 season because of concussion issues and visited with a specialist Friday after he wasn't feeling right. Despres missed the third period of Thursday's game due to an "upper-body injury."
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 10:28:00 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have announced that Simon Despres is day-to-day with an upper body injury, and will see a specialist.

GM Bob Murray sounded despondent over Despres' injury status stating, "Something’s wrong here and we've got to get to the bottom of it here." The young veteran defender played just 32 games last season due to a concussion. While the Ducks haven't indicated the type of his latest ailment, Murray made sure to state Despres was neither hit nor fell. We'll keep you posted as the story develops.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 07:01:00 PM

Defenseman Simon Despres is looking to remain healthy this season as he had a couple of concussions in 2015-16.

Despres was concussed in October after a hit by Tyson Barrie in the fifth game of the season and sat out 42 games at the time. The symptoms returned in late March after a game in Montreal when he was hit again. "Well, I was sensitive to light," Despres said. "Sensitive to noise. More emotional. I had headaches. Dizziness. Close to fainting. Stuff like that. ... It was a challenge. It was dangerous." Despres is currently healthy and has changed his number from 24 to 6 in hopes of a new start. He had only four points in 32 games last season so we definitely do not recommend the veteran defenseman in fantasy pools.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 05:31:00 AM

Simon Despres (upper body) has been cleared to return to the lineup, according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

He hasn't played since Mar. 22 because of an upper-body injury. Look for him to be back in the lineup on Tuesday versus Winnipeg.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 05:29:00 PM

Simon Despres (upper body) skated on his own before the Ducks’ practice on Saturday.

Despres suffered the injury March 22 against the Canadiens. He has four points in 28 games this year.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Simon Despres (undisclosed) has returned to Anaheim to be evaluated.

Despres sustained an injury during Tuesday's contest. The Ducks are in Toronto right now, so naturally Despres will miss Thursday's game.
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 12:37:00 PM

Simon Despres isn't dealing with any major ill-effects related to the high crosscheck he absorbed from Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog.

Landeskog was handed a three-game suspension for his actions. Despres said he has a solid bruise on his neck, but it sounds like he'll be fine to remain in the lineup.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 10:19:00 AM

Simon Despres is back in Anaheim's lineup for Saturday's game against the Kings.

Despres missed two games because of the flu. The 24-year-old has two assists in 19 games this season.
Sat, Mar 5, 2016 04:13:00 PM

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