Ducks Make Moves

The biggest move of late has been getting a new coach, but Anaheim is still making little moves as well.

On Monday, Ben Maxwell was put on waivers to be sent down to Syracuse of the AHL.  Maxwell never made it there.  Winnipeg reclaimed Maxwell and that is that.  After the Jets had tried to send Maxwell to the AHL, Anaheim had picked him up.  It seems only fair that Winnipeg got him back.  Maxwell played a total of six games, earning one assist for the Ducks.

Jeff Deslauriers did make it back down to Syracuse.  He had been recalled while goaltender Dan Ellis dealt with groin issues.  Now that Ellis is clear and good to go, Deslauriers will be back in the AHL and Ellis will be on the bench backing up Jonas Hiller.

The Ducks were able to activate George Parros off IR after he was cleared for contact.  Parros suffered retinal damage that required surgery after being hit in the face with a puck in practice.  Parros, who had been wearing a visor while recovering, has stupidly decided to remove it.  Clearly a slow learner, it might take another injury or two, or worse, permanent harm to his vision, before he repents of his visorless ways. 

Parros and J.F. Jacques were both in the line up on Tuesday evening against the Kings, providing two big bodies to slam people into the boards.  Jacques was recalled over the weekend from Syracuse.  Again.   That man gets the Dan Sexton Frequent Flyer Award for this season.

Also heading to the airport was Nick Bonino.  Bonino was called up for Tuesday’s game and arrived in time.  His equipment got a slower flight and did not arrive with him.  Therefore, he was a healthy scratch for the game.   He will likely play on Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. 

Andrew Gordon was a healthy scratch for the first time on Tuesday.  That should not be a surprise, seeing as coach Bruce Boudreau was not fond of Gordon in Washington.  With the further addition of Bonino, Gordon could very well be seeing more of the press box and less of the ice.

About Karen Francis

Just a diehard Ducks fan since 1995, when the team filled the hockey shaped vacuum in my heart.

Ducks Make Moves

A lot can happen in 24 hours. 

The Ducks, who lost their fourth game in a row on Friday night to Columbus, has been very busy since then.  The Ducks brought up Dan Sexton and Brandon McMillan from Syracuse.  McMillan got his first taste of the NHL by being inserted into the line up on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.  Sexton saw his first game back with the Ducks since breaking his nose by blocking a shot at the end of October.

Going the other direction to Syracuse were rookie Kyle Palmieri and defenseman Danny Syvret.  Syvret’s travel was not complete after being traded, along with Rob Bordson, to the Philadelphia Flyers.  In return, the Ducks obtained forwards Patrick Maroon and David Laliberte.  Both Maroon and Laliberte will go to Syracuse.

“We were trying to get a little bit of help up front down there,” said GM Bob Murray about the trade.  “We’ve had guys in and out of the lineup. We had a chance to get a couple of wingers that we like. You have to give a little to get that. We went out and made the change.”

That was not the only activity for the Ducks.

Josh Green was put on waivers, and will have until 9:00am Monday morning to know his fate.

Also, defenseman Andy Sutton was activated off injured reserve after breaking his thumb in the first game of the season against Detroit.   He stated that he was “ecstatic to be back on the ice.”

“We’re healthy on defense and a couple of guys aren’t going to play tonight,” said Murray.  “I think that is very good in our situation right now. It’s proven you need defensemen because of injuries. We’re going to need players. I like our defense right now. I have no problem. Brookbank can play right wing too. You can carry a swing guy like that. Don’t ever forget about that.”

The Ducks philosophy is you can never have too many defensemen, and now that the veterans are all healthy, it’s a good sign for Anaheim’s blue line.

About Karen Francis

Just a diehard Ducks fan since 1995, when the team filled the hockey shaped vacuum in my heart.