The Anaheim Ducks have made a ton of roster moves today as they break for the All-Star festivities. Going down to the minor leagues are Troy Terry, Max Jones, Sam Carrick, Andy Welinski, Jacob Larsson and Andrej Sustr, while Korbinian Holzer and Jake Dotchin will take their place on the NHL roster. Jakob Silfverberg is also no longer listed on injured reserve. The team is doing this both as a cost saving measure and to allow some of their young players to continue suiting up while the NHL squad is off until February 2nd.
It’s been a tough year for the Ducks, who were just told that they would be without Ondrej Kase for the rest of the season and have now gone 2-6-2 in their last ten to fall out of the playoffs entirely. While they’re certainly not out of the race, it’s going to be a tough challenge for them to overcome the rest of the bubble teams and get to the postseason. Luckily, John Gibson is a thing.
The Ducks are pushed right up against the cap and will likely soon be activating Corey Perry’s $8.625MM hit off of long-term injured reserve. Every day they keep players down in the minors they are banking a little bit more, and since all of them are now waiver-exempt (after Sustr cleared today) there was no risk. Expect several to be back up with the NHL team in a week.