Ducks’ Fowler to return by Monday

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Injured Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler will be back in the lineup either Sunday against Colorado or Monday at Los Angeles, according to Eric Stephens of the OC Register.

Stephens spoke with Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, who said the 21-year-old blueliner was ready to return and it was just a matter of when the club would work him back into the lineup.

Fowler hasn’t played since taking a hit from Kings forward Jarret Stoll on Feb. 2 and suffering an upper-body injury.

He’s missed the last eight games — the Ducks have gone 7-1 over that stretch — but participated in a 75-minute conditioning practice this week and said he felt ‘great’ afterward.

His return will be a boon for an Anaheim club that’s off to one of its best starts in years. The Ducks sit atop the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference, trailing white-hot Chicago by just four points.

In six games this year Fowler has one assist while averaging close to 20 minutes per game.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.