Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Anaheim Ducks Busy Signing Day Yields Possible Depth For Affiliates

*Pictured: Josh Green with the Canucks, and Eric Boguniecki of the New York Islanders*

On Tuesday the Anaheim Ducks announced the signing of four players, all of whom will probably be minor leaguers. This is merely my own analysis and only after training camp will we really know.

The Ducks signed 23-year-old left wing Ryan Donally from the Las Vegas Wranglers, the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames. In 53 games with Las Vegas Donally recorded 37 points, a plus-13 rating, and 176 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 10 regular season games with Quad City, Calgary’s AHL affiliate. In those 10 games he was scoreless with an even plus/minus and 21 penalty minutes. Donally was drafted in the 2003 Entry Draft by Calgary in the third round (97th overall). Donally was signed to a two-year contract.

The Ducks added another 23-year-old left wing by signing Troy Bodie to a one-year contract. Bodie appeared in 62 games with Springfield, Edmonton’s AHL affiliate last season. Bodie recorded 15 points and recorded 108 penalty minutes with the team. Bodie was Edmonton’s ninth-round selection (278th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Adding one more left wing, the Ducks signed Josh Green, a 30-year-old veteran NHL player who played last season in Austria. With Salzburg EC he recorded 42 points and 100 penalty minutes in 43 games. Green’s most recent NHL time was spent with the Vancouver Canucks in 2006-2007, collecting seven points in 57 games.

The final Ducks signing was 33-year-old center Eric Boguniecki. The 5-8, 192-pound Boguniecki appeared in 178 career NHL games with Florida, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and the New York Islanders, earning 76 points, and 105 penalty minutes with a plus-14 rating. In 16 games with ERC Ingolstadt in Germany last season Boguniecki scored 18 points.

Boguniecki is the most probable of the four to be seen with the Ducks, the rest are most likely signings for the Iowa Chops, the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate. Either way the Ducks acquired some experienced players, and got some good young players.

In other Ducks news, rumors have begun to surface that Teemu Selanne has decided to return to the Ducks. I heard this from a reliable source who heard it from a reliable source, so I’m only continuing the rumor. Either way it is nice to keep hope alive.

Original Sources:

Ducks, Anaheim (2008, July, 22). Ducks Sign Left Wings Donally & Bodie. Retrieved July 22, 2008, from Anaheim Ducks Website Web site: http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=368880

Ducks, Anaheim (2008, July, 22). Ducks Ink Forwards Green & Boguniecki. Retrieved July 22, 2008, from Anaheim Ducks Website Web site: http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=368881

Image: Courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks website

1 comment:

MJ Kasprzak said...

Y'all still only have the third best forward unit in the whole division, and none of these guys make a dent in that problem. Two years ago you had the best balance of the three units, and that's why y'all won. I believe you were calling for the Ducks to dump Schneider instead of Mac in order to get cap room for Teemu and Scotty--that would have been the right move.