Rumored for a while, but finally confirmed – the Ducks have added defenseman Paul Mara. Mara signed a one year contract worth $750,000 yesterday. Mara, 31, last played with the Montreal Canadiens, but ended his season early with a shoulder injury in January. He has since fully recovered and will make his debut at training camp this weekend.
The Ducks, who believe you never can have too many defensemen, were fortunate in adding another veteran after receiving news that Toni Lydman has been having double vision. Lydman, who was signed in July as a free agent, experienced vision troubles after a pre-training camp workout. Many possible causes have already been ruled out, but Lydman is still experiencing residual symptoms.
As a result, Lydman will be sitting out the beginning of training camp and will continue to go through medical testing to determine what is happening. He has had a history with migraines and this current issue could be related to that. Or it could be something completely different. Either way, Ducks fans will have to wait a bit longer to see Lydman on the ice and Joffrey Lupul will have someone to talk to while watching the activities from the sidelines.