After just two games as a Duck, Eric Brewer is on the shelf.
On Tuesday, the O.C. Register reported Brewer would miss the next 4-6 weeks after breaking his foot during Monday’s win over Boston.
The 34-year-old rearguard, acquired from Tampa Bay last Friday, made his Anaheim debut over the weekend in a 6-4 loss to San Jose, then played a season-high 21:15 against the Bruins.
The loss is a big one. GM Bob Murray got Brewer because his defense was decimated by injury: Clayton Stoner (mumps, possible to return tonight vs. Philly), Francois Beauchemin (upper body), Ben Lovejoy (broken finger) and Mark Fistric (back) are all currently sidelined.
Without Brewer, the Ducks will roll with a defense comprised of Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Josh Manson, Mat Clark and, depending if he can go tonight or not, Stoner.
In other Ducks news, goalie Jason LaBarbera’s upper-body injury turned out to be a broken hand. He’ll be out 2-3 weeks and, in a corresponding move, the team brought in Ilya Bryzgalov on a tryout.
From the mumps to plain old injuries, it’s been a bumpy time for the Anaheim Ducks. Francois Beauchemin dealt with that illness earlier this season and suffered an upper-body injury last night, so he’s had a taste of both.
It’s unclear how serious that issue is, but the team expects to provide an update soon.
The 34-year-old missed several games with the mumps, so again, it hasn’t been an easy start. The Ducks have found ways to win, as last night’s 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames brought their winning streak to three games. Still, they’re limping a bit right now, with Beauchemin added to a sick/injured list that includes Clayton Stone, Dany Heatley, John Gibson, Mark Fistric and Ben Lovejoy.
Beauchemin’s been logging about 23 minutes per game, so a prolonged setback could hurt the Ducks quite a bit.
Like father, like son?
Josh Manson, the son of former NHL tough guy Dave Manson, could make his debut for the Anaheim Ducks when they take on the Dallas Stars Friday. These two teams clashed in an entertaining and heated first-round series last spring, with the Ducks eventually prevailing.
Josh, now 23 years of age and listed at a solid 6’3″ and 217 pounds, was drafted in the sixth round by the Ducks in 2011. He played three seasons with Northeastern University, before making the jump to the sometimes rough and tumble American Hockey League.
His expected insertion into the lineup comes with Mark Fistric having been ruled out with a lower-back injury and listed as day-to-day, according to Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times.
His father, Dave, played at a time when the NHL featured several of the game’s most feared enforcers, including Bob Probert and Scott Stevens to name a few. In 1,103 regular season games, the former hard-nosed defenseman racked up 2,792 penalty minutes. His playing career came to an end in 2001-2002.
“I don’t know if I’m that aggressive. He played pretty tough,” Manson, the son, told the L.A. Times. “But I’m going to do the best I can to replicate his game because he was pretty successful in his career.”
Below is an example of what his father, Dave, was capable of when he dropped the gloves.
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric has left tonight’s game in St. Louis with an upper body injury and is questionable to return.
Fistric suffered the injury on a harmless looking collision with Blues’ forward Alexander Steen late in the first period.
Pavel Datsyuk will miss his second game of the season tonight when the Anaheim Ducks visit Joe Louis Arena.
Datsyuk, who has been out since Sept. 22, tells MLive.com that he’s feeling better.
“I don’t know; still skating, working hard,” Datsyuk said following morning skate. “Every day is much better, but I’m not ready to go. I hope I’ll be in good shape for like skating and I keep pace with team and nice to be together with team.”
The 36-year-old is expected to miss four weeks with the injury and still has to be cleared for contact.
Anaheim will have rookie William Karlsson make his NHL debut tonight according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
The Ducks’ second round selection at the 2011 NHL Draft centered a line of Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg at the team’s morning skate.
Rickard Rackell and Mark Fistric are healthy scratches on the blue line for the Ducks while Bryan Allen continues to recover from a lower body injury.