After a seriously sad loss to the road-pitiful Edmonton Oilers, fans are starting to worry that the Ducks are going to chase that 6-win streak with an equally long string of losses. GM Bob Murray says not to worry, he’s just shoring up against injury and health issues, but obviously someone is worrying about it, as each morning we wake up to hear that yet another Duck is in question.
Last Saturday the 20th, Teemu Selanne was listed with a groin injury and Brendan McMillan and Dan Sexton were called up from Syracuse, while Kyle Palmieri was sent down. Only two days later, Sexton, McMillan, and Nick Bonino, who was called up from Syracuse at the beginning of November, were reassigned to Syracuse. Did the Ducks staff even let Sexton and McMillan unpack? They probably came off the plane in skates.
In addition to the revolving door of reassignments, the trades are happening fast and furiously. On Sunday the 21st, the Anaheim Ducks acquired left wing Patrick Maroon and right wing David Laliberte for defenseman Danny Syvret, who had just been reassigned to Syracuse, and center Rob Bordson. In yet another swap with the New York Rangers, the Ducks traded away AHL defenseman Stu Bickel for one of their AHL d-men, Nigel Williams. Also on Sunday, 33 year old Josh Green, who signed with Anaheim over the summer as a free agent, was placed on waivers. He cleared waivers and was reassigned to Syracuse.
But the big bomb was when fans learned that the Anaheim Ducks had placed 27 year old center Ryan Carter on waivers on Monday the 22nd. Carter, who has struggled so far this year to perform, signed with the Ducks as a free agent in 2006, and was one of the few remaining players with the Ducks during their championship 2007 season. Was–because just after the Ducks announced this morning that he had cleared waivers and was listed on the Ducks roster, the news broke that Ryan Carter was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for two minor league prospects. Stefan Chaput and Matt Kennedy are both forwards, and were drafted in the 5th round. The. 5th. round. Just to reiterate, Ryan Carter played on the Stanley Cup championship winning team, and the playoff team the year after that, and he is 27 years old this year.
Aggressive or foolish? The answer is yes. The staff’s approach to acquisitions and reassignments smells suspiciously like risking the present to build for the future. The more “seasoned” Toni Lydman, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, and Jason Blake are getting a ton of ice time alongside Corey Perry and team captain Ryan Getzlaf, but the rest of the team, including Todd Marchant and with the notable exception of Cam Newton, is a constant surprise at game time. Lately Andreas Lilja hasn’t been seen as much. Does that mean anything?
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