Two days off between games for the Ducks does not mean that things in Anaheim are quiet. The Ducks have made a few tweaks here and there since defeating Chicago on Sunday.
The Ducks have sent Nick Bonino down to Syracuse and decided to bring up Dan Sexton once again. Coach Randy Carlyle felt that there were a few things that Bonino, who has been scoreless thus far, needed to work on.
“He has to develop that tenacious attitude towards the puck,” Carlyle commented. ”And competing to a higher level to get loose pucks and make his presence known on the ice.”
Someone who should make his presence known on the ice will be Maxim Lapierre. The Ducks acquired the center from Montreal on December 31 in exchange for Brett Festerling. Lapierre is not known for his quiet and unassuming demeanor on the ice, much as Corey Perry is a nuisance to opposing teams.
Lapierre was in the US when the trade was made and he was able to join the Ducks for practice. However, it took a few days to obtain his work visa, as he is a Canadian citizen. Today, the work visa was cleared and Lapierre will be available to the Ducks for Wednesday night’s game against the Nashville Predators.
Jason Blake may or may not be available for Wednesday night’s game. He did not practice on Tuesday and per Carlyle “might” skate on Wednesday. Blake has a shoulder injury suffered during the first period of Sunday’s game. While not severe, it has hobbled him nonetheless.
Another hobbled player is Ryan Getzlaf. He was supposed to see another specialist to get a better idea of how long he will be out of the line up with broken nasal passages. He has been on the IR since last Tuesday and missed the past two games. The likelihood is good that he will miss more, especially as the Ducks felt it necessary to trade for another center. Further updates should be available tomorrow.
Finally, the Ducks made another minor league trade, exchanging Trevor Smith for Nate Guenin from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Guenin, a defenseman, has played a handful of games in the NHL this year and should help shore up the defense in Syracuse after the loss of Festerling.