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Ducks forward Garbutt signs with KHL Sochi

Anaheim winger Ryan Garbutt has agreed to join KHL club HC Sochi, the club announced on Wednesday.

Garbutt, 31, fell out of favor this year, getting waived in December despite being one of just 10 players to dress for all 27 games to start the season.

The decision to waive him came after a significant decrease in minutes. Prior to the move, he played just 5:31 in a win over the Sharks on Nov. 26, and 5:50 in a win over Vancouver on Dec. 1.

Last year, Anaheim acquired Garbutt in a midseason deal from Chicago. He performed well for the Ducks, scoring five goals and eight points in 37 games, and scored a goal in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Nashville.

Garbutt is a polarizing player. Over a two-year span from 2014-15, he was one of the league’s most reckless skaters and found himself in a slew of disciplinary problems.

And the timing of today’s announcement may raise eyebrows. Garbutt played 28 games for AHL San Diego this year and is still on the active roster. The Gulls also just advanced to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

That said, he is dealing with an injury and hasn’t played since Feb. 25.

Draisaitl to have hearing for spearing Tierney in groin

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The ugly incident that got Leon Draisaitl tossed from Edmonton’s 7-0 loss in San Jose last night has landed him in hot water.

On Wednesday, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Draisaitl would have a disciplinary hearing for his spear to the groin of Sharks forward Chris Tierney.

Draisaitl was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for his actions, which came late in the second period of the blowout defeat. Afterward, Sharks forward Logan Couture said there was malice in Draisaitl’s actions.

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“I think it’s dangerous,” Couture said, per the Mercury News. “Any time you spear a guy like that you’re intending to injure him. I don’t like those types of plays in this game, but the refs made a good call with throwing him out.”

Back in the 2014 playoffs, two players were fined — but not suspended — for spearing: Boston’s Milan Lucic, and Dallas’ Ryan Garbutt.

Ducks waive Garbutt, a regular lineup fixture

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Bit of a surprising move out of Anaheim today — gritty forward Ryan Garbutt has been placed on waivers.

Garbutt, 31, had appeared in all 27 games for the Ducks this year, scoring two goals and three points while averaging 9:10 TOI per night. He was one of just 10 players on the roster to dress for every contest this season, though his minutes had decreased lately — he hasn’t cracked the 10-minute mark since Nov. 6, and received two of his lowest totals in recent games — 5:31 in a win over the Sharks on Nov. 26, and 5:50 in a win over Vancouver on Dec. 1.

Last year, Anaheim acquired Garbutt in a midseason deal from Chicago. He performed well for the Ducks, scoring five goals and eight points in 37 games, and scored a goal in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Nashville.

Garbutt is a polarizing player. Over a two-year span from 2014-15, he was one of the league’s most reckless players and found himself in a slew of disciplinary problems. He has gone a while without running afoul of the Department of Player Safety, though, so perhaps he heeded calls to change his game.

Parting with Garbutt could be part of the youth movement that’s at play in Anaheim. Ondrej Kase, a seventh-round draft pick in 2014, is just one of the rookie forwards who’ve played for the Ducks this season. Joseph Cramarossa is another. Nick Ritchie isn’t a rookie, but he’s still on his entry-level deal.

Garbutt is in the last of a three-year, $5.4 million deal with a $1.8M average annual cap hit. Given his experience and style of play, it’s possible he could be scooped off waivers.

‘It’s about time’ — Ducks finally get into the win column

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Despite giving the Flyers seven power play opportunities, the Anaheim Ducks escaped Philadelphia with a 3-2 victory on Thursday to conclude a five-game road trip to begin the season.

It’s Anaheim’s first victory of the season and first victory with Randy Carlyle back behind the bench, after three straight one-goal losses and a 0-3-1 record.

John Gibson took the win in goal, as he stopped 20 shots.

Penalties had been an issue for the Ducks through the first four games and that didn’t change Thursday. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were among those guilty of infractions against the Flyers.

The Ducks were guilty of taking five straight minor penalties in the second period, but the Flyers could only capitalize once on seven total opportunities with the power play. Certainly that’s one area of their game they would like to improve on.

After a difficult start, they still ended the road trip on a positive note, getting back into the early Pacific Division battle.

Ryan Garbutt, who isn’t known for his scoring ability, scored the winner in the third period.

“When you’re on the road, you need to find ways to win. It’s about time we won a hockey game, that’s for sure,” said Carlyle.

Well-traveled Sekac signs in KHL

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After a tumultuous campaign, Jiri Sekac is headed to Russia.

On Monday, KHL club Ak Bars Kazan announced it had signed Sekac, after the 23-year-old Czech split last season between Anaheim, Chicago and Arizona.

All told, Sekac played for four different organizations during his brief two-year NHL stint.

He broke in with Montreal during the ’14-15 campaign and got off to a good start — seven goals and 15 points in 50 games — but eventually fell out of the lineup, and was shipped to Anaheim for Devante Smith-Pelly.

With the Ducks, Sekac showed flashes (seven points in 19 games), but was a non-factor in the playoffs. Midway through this year, Anaheim flipped Sekac to Chicago for Ryan Garbutt.

The Chicago tenure was the least successful of ’em all. Sekac played just six games for the ‘Hawks before getting put on waivers, and was claimed by the Coyotes.

Sekac closed out the year by playing 11 games for Arizona, scoring just two points. He was in the last of a two-year, $2.7 million deal and a pending RFA.