After a horrible 8-3 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, the Ducks continue to move forward. A team building day out on a boat, fishing, replaced practice on Wednesday. It also gave the Ducks plenty of time to contemplate their next roster moves.
In a sign that the defense continues to solidify, both Brett Festerling and Danny Syvret were put on waivers this morning. Both players have two-way contracts and if they clear (by 9:00am Friday morning) they will likely be sent to Syracuse.
That leaves Lubomir Visnovsky, Andy Sutton, Paul Mara, Sheldon Brookbank, Luca Sbisa, Brendan Mikkelson and Cam Fowler on the roster for defense. Toni Lydman, acquired as a free agent this summer, still remains uncleared for skating after experiencing a severe bout of double vision earlier in the month.
The Ducks got to sleep in for a second day in a row by not holding practice until 3:30pm at the Honda Center. The reason for the late start was to accomodate the annual Face Off Fest for season ticket holders. The event begins at 5:00pm and fans can get autographs from all the players, skate on the ice at Honda Center, talk with the coaches and broadcasting team and more.
Tomorrow night it is back to work again, this time meeting the Vancouver Canucks for the second time in pre-season. The Ducks need to recover from a poor, lackluster effort on Tuesday night, as well as avenge a so-so effort against the Canucks last Saturday night in Vancouver. With only two more pre-season games to go, now is the time to figure everything out.