Anaheim is still puttering along in the off season, making a tweak here and a tweak there.
In their latest moves, the Ducks added defenseman Matt Smaby to the roster. He was signed to a one year two way contract. The 26 year old played in 32 games for Tampa Bay last season. He was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2003 entry draft.
The Ducks also made a trade with Montreal, handing off Mark Mitera for Mathieu Carle. Mitera was taken 19th overall in the 2006 entry draft by the Ducks, but has not lived up to his potential. Mitera played four years of hockey with the University of Michigan and never seemed to develop or impress. He spent last season in Syracuse with the Ducks AHL affiliate.
Carle, another defenseman from the 2006 draft, has spent the majority of time with the Canadiens AHL affiliate in Hamilton, but does have three NHL games under his belt. This Carle, 23, is not to be confused with Matt Carle, 27, another NHL defenseman who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers.
“Carle is a skilled, offensive-minded defenseman that brings us some depth in that area,” commented Duck GM Bob Murray. “Mark is a guy that in our opinion needed a change of scenery, and we wish him the best of luck in Montreal.”
With Mitera now gone, only Matt Beleskey is left in the Ducks organization from the 2006 draft and the only one who has seen any significant NHL time.
Finally, Nick Bonino accepted his qualifying offer and was signed to a one year contract.
Overall, the Ducks seem to have made great strides in improving their AHL affiliate. The main team? I guess we are still waiting to hear whether a certain ageless Finn wants to play one more year.