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Ducks D Schneider out at least four weeks with broken bone in left ankle

An MRI taken Sunday revealed that Schneider sustained a non-displaced fracture of the ankle Saturday night in Anaheim’s 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.

Schneider, 38, beginning his 20th NHL season, signed a two-year, US$11.25-million deal with Anaheim. The Ducks brought him aboard this summer as insurance in case captain Scott Niedermayer decides to retire. The team isn’t pressuring Niedermayer for a decision, but did suspend him last Tuesday when he didn’t report for training camp.

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Schneider had 11 goals and 41 assists in 68 games with Detroit last season, his fourth with the Red Wings. He broke his wrist in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against San Jose on May 5 and missed the rest of the post-season.