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Welcome Lindholm: Ducks send Theodore, Etem to AHL

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The Anaheim Ducks finally hammered out a (sweet) deal with Hampus Lindholm, so now it comes down to some housekeeping.

Specifically, it means sending some fairly useful players with significant pedigrees down to the AHL on Thursday. The team announced that both Shea Theodore and Emerson Etem are bound for the San Diego Gulls.

Theodore, the 26th pick back in 2013, contributed a pretty assist to the Ducks’ 6-1 shellacking of the Nashville Predators last night:

It’s a cool story that Etem returned to the franchise that selected him 29th overall in 2010, yet he’s struggled to really find a niche in the NHL so far. At 24, there’s still time, though he likely feels a little anxious to become a full-time guy at the top level.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun notes that Simon Despres is likely to be on LTIR for “the foreseeable future,” which means that the Ducks aren’t forced to move Cam Fowler.

That’s great news for the Ducks. For Theodore in particular? The situation is not so great.

Just 13 days after claiming him, Ducks waive Etem

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Emerson Etem‘s second go-round in Anaheim has hit a snag.

On Wednesday, the Ducks put Etem on waivers — per TSN — a move that comes less than two weeks after Anaheim plucked him off the wire from Vancouver.

Etem, 24, has only appeared in two games for the Ducks since re-joining the team. He played just over six minutes in a loss to the Devils, and 5:38 in a win over the Flyers.

Taken 29th overall by Anaheim at the 2010 draft, Etem began his pro career with the Ducks organization, and score 31 points in 112 games before getting dealt to the Rangers in 2015.

He failed to make an impact with the Blueshirts, and was dealt to Vancouver after just 19 games under Alain Vigneault. Though he showed flashes in his first season with the Canucks — scoring seven goals and 12 points in 39 games — he looked flat in training camp and preseason this year, and was waived prior to the start of the regular season.

Given he’s pretty fast, a former first-round pick and blessed with some offensive pedigree, there’s a chance Etem could be claimed again. If not, the plan is (presumably) to send him to AHL San Diego.

Zero wins, too many penalties force Ducks to ‘look in the mirror’

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The slow start in Anaheim was predictable.

The Ducks opened their season with a “very difficult” road trip — five straight games through Dallas, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Newark and Philly. They’re also without two key pieces in Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell, and just 12 months removed from a ghastly 1-7-2 start last season.

So the built-in excuses are there.

But the team wants no part of them.

“Everybody has to look themselves in the mirror,” Ryan Kesler said following Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Devils, per the O.C. Register. “I don’t think anybody was good enough tonight to win that hockey game. We’re close but once again we’re not there.

“We’ve been through it before. We’re probably going to go through it again during the stretch of this year. We just need everybody collectively to look in the mirror.”

If the Ducks follow Kesler’s urging for self-reflection, they’ll probably see the penalty box somewhere in the background.

Discipline’s been an issue thus far. The Ducks have been whistled for 19 minor penalties already — fifth-most in the league — and while they did a good job of killing them in their first three games, it cost them last night.

New Jersey converted two of its seven power play opportunities. Things were especially bad in the second period, when Anaheim was dinged for five straight penalties — Kesler, Emerson Etem, Antoine Vermette, Nick Sorensen and Kevin Bieksa, if you’re keeping track — a procession that head coach Randy Carlyle called “unacceptable” and “frustrating.”

Add it all up, and the Ducks now head into Thursday’s game at Wells Fargo sporting a 0-3-1 record.

It’s hardly the end of the world — three of the four losses came by one goal, and the club got a point off the Islanders — but one can sense pressure mounting.

Remember, GM Bob Murray faced criticism for bringing Carlyle back into the fold to replace Bruce Boudreau. Rakell is now signed, but still needs to obtain a work visa and recover from abdominal surgery.

Everything remains quiet on the Lindholm front.

The bottom-six forward group is a work in progress — Etem, claimed off waivers from Vancouver, made his team debut against New Jersey — and the defense is still without the services of Simon Despres, who’s dealing with a possible concussion.

The Ducks showed last year they can rebound from a bad start, finishing with 103 points and the Pacific Division title.

Bet they’d like to avoid digging out of a similar hole this year, though.

After winless start, Ducks waive Raymond

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Mason Raymond‘s reunion with Randy Carlyle has hit a snag.

On Monday, the Ducks placed Raymond on waivers — just three games into his stint with Anaheim, who signed Raymond in the hopes of reviving his career.

And the hope, of course, is that Carlyle would be the catalyst.

Back in ’13-14, Raymond attended Leafs camp on a PTO and impressed Carlyle — then the head coach in Toronto — and earned himself a one-year deal.

Raymond proceeded to score 19 goals and 45 points for the Leafs, which netted him a three-year, $9.45 million deal from Calgary.

After two disappointing years with the Flames, he was bought out in June.

Just a few days later, Raymond signed a $675,000 deal with the Ducks.

The 31-year-old did appear in all three games for Anaheim this year — all losses — going pointless with a minus-2 rating. After getting less than nine minutes in his first two games, he received a season-high 12:31 TOI in Sunday’s OT defeat to the Islanders, finishing with just one shot on goal.

It’s possible this move was made in connection to Anaheim claiming speedster Emerson Etem off waivers from Vancouver. Etem has yet to play for the Ducks, but could replace Raymond in the lineup.

It’s worth noting that Anaheim cleared a roster spot for Etem by waiving forward Joseph Cramarossa, and sending him to AHL San Diego.

 

Canucks sign Skille to one-year deal

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The Vancouver Canucks made the signing of winger Jack Skille official today.

Skille, 29, gets a one-year, one-way deal worth $700,000.  A former seventh overall draft pick of the Blackhawks, he came to Vancouver’s camp on a PTO, saying he was “willing to chew through rope” to make the Canucks.

He then turned heads in the preseason, using his skating and size on the forecheck, hitting defensemen and turning over pucks. He essentially pushed out Emerson Etem, who was lost to waivers today.

Skille played 74 games for Colorado last season, scoring eight goals with six assists.

The Canucks don’t open their regular season until Saturday, when they’re at home to Calgary. It remains to be seen if Skille will be in the lineup against the Flames. He’s a candidate to be the lone extra forward.