Although not a trade deadline, the Ducks have been keeping busy, busy, busy this weekend. In addition to re-signing Jonas Hiller to a four year contract, the Ducks also traded Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake.
Toskala apparently has been having difficulty getting his visa, delaying him from joining the Ducks, who are currently in Florida getting ready to play the Panthers this evening. Toskala will be the fourth Finn on the team.
In light of Toskala’s visa issues, Justin Pogge was called up from San Antonio of the AHL to back up Hiller in tonight’s game. Once Toskala joins the team, Pogge will go right back down.
The addition of Blake added to a glut of forwards for the Ducks. Current lines include Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey on the top line. Saku Koivu, Bobby Ryan and Dan Sexton on the second line. Kyle Chipchura, Todd Marchant and Troy Bodie on the third line. George Parros, Ryan Carter, Petteri Nokelainen and Mike Brown rotate on the fourth line. In addition, Teemu Selanne should be coming off the IR (broken jaw) and returning to the line up this evening. Add Joffrey Lupul to the mix, who is still recovering from back surgery and is nowhere close to returning.
Somebody had to go to make room, and Dan Sexton apparently pulled the short straw (no offense to his stature intended). Sexton, despite having 9 goals and 18 points in 28 games and amazing chemistry with Koivu and Ryan, was the sacrificial lamb for GM Bob Murray. Sexton was sent back to Manitoba, where he only spent a few short days before being called up to the Ducks. Clearly Sexton will be back, even Murray stated that, but for now, he can talk with Bobby Ryan and commiserate about being stuck in the AHL unjustly.
Further news from the Ducks included defenseman Nick Boynton being put on waivers this morning. If he clears, it is unknown where the 31-year-old will end up.
Are the Ducks done for now? Doubtful. But it is all the news for now, and that is more than enough.