Seven more ship out

Posted: 09/26/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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Dan Sexton, Kyle Palmieri, Peter Holland, Nick Bonino, Nicholas Deschamps, Mat Clark and Sean Zimmerman are on their way to Syracuse. Sexton and Zimmerman have to clear waivers before they report. If they go unclaimed they’ll join Mark Bell, Rick Schofield, Matt Kennedy, Mathieu Carle and Jake Newton who were sent to Syracuse on Sunday.

Emerson Etem, my Cinderella pick to make the show, was returned  to Medicine Hat of the Western Junior Hockey League. My bad for a previous comment as I didn’t think Double E had a another year of junior eligibility.

The moves cut the training camp roster down to 30. The depth chart looks like:

Center: Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu, Andrew Cogliano*, Maxime Macenaeur

Left Wing: Bobby Ryan, Jason Blake, Branden McMillan*, J.F. Jacques, Patrick Maroon, Matt Belesky**

Right Wing: Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, Andrew Gordon, George Parros, Devante Smith-Pelly, Brian McGratton

Defense: Lubomir Visnovsky, Toni Lydman**, Cam Fowler, Francois Beauchemin, Luca Sbisa, Kurtis Foster**, Sheldon Brookbank, Matt Smaby, Bryan Rodney, Nate Guenin

Goal: Jonas Hiller, Dan Ellis, Jeff Deslauriers, Iiro Tarkki

* Can play either center or left-wing; ** Injured, not ready to start the season.

With Lydman, Belesky and Foster injured, only four have to be moved to get us down to the 24 man roster for the start of the season on October 7, 2011. One will probably be goaltender Iiro Tarkki. While assumptions are a wild card with Randy Carlyle, the other two could be D-men, likely among Matt Smaby, Brian Rodney and Nate Guenin.

There will be at least one more cut upon our Ducks return from Helsinki. My guess is that one will 3rd string goalie Jeff Deslauriers.

Dan Sexton has about exhausted his chances. Big Sexy, who is signed through 2012-13, may not even be the first RW call up now that Kyle Palmieri is knocking on the door and that Smith-Pelly is still here. Jason Blake is a short timer even if he does manage to finish out the season as a Duck.  He’ll need a 20 goal season to get re-signed.

Surprisingly, to me anyway, is that enforcer Brian McGratton is still around. This is either a kindness to a veteran or something might be brewing trade wise. Packaging spare parts for a Drew Doughty is the domain of Hogtown Homers, so we won’t even go there.

It will be fun to  see if one or both of the remaining rookies, Devante Smith-Pelly or Patrick Maroon can earn a spot. Go kids go.

  1. czhokej says:

    I was hoping that Sexy and Holland would make the roster. Macenaeur, DSP and Maroon are for me surprise choices. I am glad that we kept some big bodies (Smaby, Grattan, Jaques) who can (hopefully) together with Parros, Maroon and Foster physically overpower the opposition, and make them tired.

    • BackCheck says:

      Hey czhokej your post happens to be the 1000th all time. We should do something special. Look for an email.

      With you on Dan Sexton, Holland will get his chances and maybe beginning this season. Hindsight is always 20/20 but Maxime Macenauer was a late cut last season and a slow starter this camp due to a tender groin. Once healthy, Max impressed. Maroon doesn’t surprise me but DSP does. Admittedly I’ve relied on the opinions of others when it comes to Smith-Pelly but those are usually spot on. Has Devante really out performed Kyle Palmieri? I can get that the brain trust might not be totally sold on Andrew Gordon. If Gordon keeps this up into the season he’ll definitely be tagged a late bloomer or a huge (((DOH))) on the part of the Caps. Smith-Pelly started slow but has improved. I don’t know though. I get the sense that Devante sticking this long is as much born from hope as it is something he’s earned.

      George Parros isn’t one of the great fighters of all time but he is one of the great all time enforcers. There’s a fine line between knowing when your teammates have to take care of their own business and when to send a message. Parros gets it. Neither Jacques or McGratton have that read in them. I suspect new VP for Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan, may put Jacques and McGratton on a short leash.

      Cheap shot artists take notice, Chris Ross gets Shanny’s impact.

  2. duckfan22 says:

    The Ducks only have to get the roster trimmed to 24 while in Europe. This allows them to carry an extra goalie just in case the starting goalie or backup gets hurt. With the team being on a different continent, it would be extrememely hard to call up a goalie that is still in the states. I am guessing Deslauriers will be on the roster when the team goes to Finland.

    • BackCheck says:

      Welcome to the board duckfan22. Can we call you T-bone occasionally? I didn’t know about the while in Europe roster exemption. Makes sense though. Thanks.

      • duckfan22 says:

        T-bone sounds good to me, and will definitely take it as an honor. The Europe rule I remember hearing about it last year but totally forgot about it till I saw the Ducks’ website mention they can have 24 on the roster while they are over seas.

  3. BackCheck says:

    Hey duckfan22, I changed that whole paragraph and added one to keep the post factually correct. Thanks again.

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