There are plenty of Ducks odds and ends to clean up the day after a grit it out victory over Phoenix.
Rookie defenseman, Cam Fowler, was having a great game against the Coyotes, including his first NHL goal. In the middle of the second period, he was taken hard into the boards by Shane Doan. The hit by Doan on Fowler was pretty clean for the most part, although unfortunate, as Fowler was losing an edge after having gone end to end with puck and getting his third great scoring chance of the night.
Fowler lost his helmet and was quite shaken up. He clearly had a cut on his nose from the incident and this morning it was announced that the nose was indeed broken.
Fowler will be traveling on the four game road trip that the Ducks leave on tomorrow. He is listed as “probable” for Wednesday night’s game against Columbus.
The hit by Doan on Dan Sexton in the third period, however, was not so clean. The referees missed that one, but the play was reviewed by the league and deemed to be a blindside hit. In the replays, Doan clearly his Sexton’s head. Doan was suspended for three games for the incident, a clear sign that the new rule about blindside hits is going to be enforced.
The Ducks also announced on Monday that Brendan Mikkelson has been waived in order to be sent down to Syracuse. Mikkelson will join Luca Sbisa, who was reassigned on Saturday, if he clears waivers by 9:00am Tuesday morning.
These actions leave the Ducks with six healthy (mostly) defensemen and one on IR. Lubomir Visnovsky, Toni Lydman, Andreas Lilja (who got his visa renewed and played his first game as a Duck against Phoenix), Sheldon Brookbank, Paul Mara and Cam Fowler remain. Andy Sutton is out after having surgery to repair a broken thumb.
What this could mean is that Fowler is not going back to juniors. After the game, coach Randy Carlyle was asked about that and he would only state that he had an “opinion” but it was up to management. With the way Fowler has performed, it would be insane to send the kid back to juniors. This latest move with Mikkelson seems all but sure that Fowler is here to stay.