The Ducks have made a pair of roster moves in advance of their game tonight versus Toronto. The team announced (Twitter link) that winger Alex Killorn has been activated off IR. To make room on the roster, winger Brock McGinn has been placed on IR retroactive to February 10th with an upper-body injury.
Killorn is in his first season with Anaheim after signing a four-year, $25MM contract with them back in July. However, it’s been a campaign riddled with injuries. The 34-year-old fractured his finger in the preseason, causing him to miss the first month of the season. Then last month, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. Fortunately for him and the Ducks, Killorn recovered quicker than anticipated as he was supposed to miss four to six weeks and came back a little before the four-week mark.
In between recovering from those injuries, Killorn got off to a decent start offensively with his new club, collecting 19 points in 34 games. While those numbers are down from a year ago, it would have been unrealistic for Anaheim to expect Killorn to beat his career-best numbers from a much deeper Tampa Bay team in his first year with a rebuilding club that was expected to be near the bottom of the league in the goal department.
As for McGinn, he last played back on January 25th, making the placement back to February 10th a bit of an odd choice. However, since the placement has been dated back by a week, he’s eligible to be activated at any time. The 30-year-old has had a very limited role this season, suiting up in just 24 games where he has three points in 37 hits while averaging just over 11 minutes per game.