More Cuts for the Ducks

The Ducks have survived two out of three games in a row, but after two games, felt confident in making a few more cuts to the roster.

Anaheim has assigned defensemen Mathieu Carle and Jake Newton to Syracuse of the AHL.  Joining them are forwards Mark Bell, Matt Kennedy and Rick Schofield.

Emerson Etem was returned to Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, as he is not old enough for the AHL.

Mark Bell seemed to have a good chance coming into camp of earning a fourth line spot, but did not sufficiently impress.

On the other hand, there are other players who seem to be making a stronger case for themselves.  Andrew Gordon, Peter Holland and Devante Smith-Pelly, for example.  All three were getting yet another look in the game against the Kings on Sunday evening, and at last check, Gordon had a goal and both Holland and Smith-Pelly had assists.

Certainly with 37 players left on the roster there will be more cuts, including two more goaltenders (although the team is allowed a third goaltender to take to Europe).  

So far, the cuts have been pretty easy to make.  It will only get tougher as the numbers shrink.  Players like Gordon, Holland and Smith-Pelly know that in order to stick around, they have to earn it.   The effort will be worth it if they do.

About Karen Francis

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