I had to wait for a writing visa before I could mention that the Ducks had claimed center Ben Maxwell off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets.
Maxwell was claimed on Thursday, but has been unable to join to Ducks because he is still waiting for his visa. Seeing as most government offices in the US had a holiday on Friday and never work weekends, it might be a few days before Maxwell can bring his services to Anaheim.
Maxwell, 23, has appeared in 36 career NHL games with Montreal, Atlanta and Winnipeg. He reportedly can play 3rd line center or wing, is good in face-off circle, and is very responsible in the defensive zone.
So while the Ducks are waiting for the services of Maxwell, they will also be without the services of Lubomir Visnovsky. Visnovsky broke his finger late in the third period against Vancouver.
Visnovsky will not require surgery but he will be out for four weeks while it heals. Visnovsky had already been battling with another injured (albeit not broken) finger on his other hand.
Visnovsky will sit in the healing box alongside Jason Blake (cut tendon in forearm), George Parros (detached retina) and Nick Bonino (hyperextended knee). At least he will have company.
One man’s injury is another man’s opportunity. In this case, Kurtis Foster, who has been a healthy scratch for the Ducks, will get his chance in the line up.