A few things have happened over the past few days and here is a quick recap of whats going on in Ducks country.
#1. Luca Sbisa signed to a four year contract extension
-I absolutely love this kid and could not be happier to see him on the Ducks blue line. Although he has not been a top point scorer, his defensive play has been fantastic. Sbisa uses his big body to shut down the opponents offense. He struggled at the beginning of the season and was sent down to the AHL, but things have definitely gone up! Ducks VP/GM Bob Murray spoke on the matter:
“We are pleased to be able to reach an agreement with Luca on a long term contract,” said Murray. “He has a bright future ahead of him and we look forward to watching him continue to develop.”
The first Italian born hockey player to ever play in the NHL has 2 goals, 6 assists, 37 PIM and an average of 16:23 of ice time in 52 contests. He also has the second most hits on the Ducks with 131.
A great signing for the Ducks and a key to the future.
#2 Hiller talks about his injury
-Hiller recently discussed his injury and kept us up to date on how he is improving. Before we get into this, I for some reason expect Hiller to have a higher pitched voice and more of an accent every time he speaks, not sure why. After watching a few videos of Hiller at practice, its obvious he’s not quite ready. After starting out strong, he starts to allow more and more goals in. He explained in the video posted that he can’t see the guys skating at him and sometimes doesn’t even realize the puck went in the net.
Clearly he’s not ready, but hopefully Ellis can keep up his play, which hasn’t been too bad.
#3 Ray Emery sent to the AHL, then called back up..
-On Saturday, the Ducks called up J.P. Levasseu and sent Emery to the Syracuse Crunch. Then on Monday, the roles were reversed. Emery is now back up and could possibly get his debut with the Ducks sometime soon. Emery has gone 4-1-0 for the Crunch this season, compiling a 1.98 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. The reason for sending Emery down in the first place is unknown, unless they felt they needed him.
Rest assured, next season will be one heck of a battle to see who gets to be Hiller’s backup.
#4 Got a restaurant name?
-Have you ever wanted to name a restaurant? Now is your chance! The Ducks are opening a restaurant at John Wayne Airport in Orange County and they want YOU to name it. Submit your ideas here and if you want, in the comments below!