The question of what the Anaheim Ducks were going to do when they get all of their goalies back healthy has been answered. With Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth on a conditioning assignment with the Norfolk Admirals, you knew he was going to be close to returning.
Now it all but appears he is set to at least be the backup for the Ducks tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning as Frederik Andersen was sent down to Norfolk.
Andersen had a sparkling start to his NHL career, winning his first six decisions before falling to the Florida Panthers Tuesday night. It was heavily debated on whether or not the Ducks should send him down or trade either Fasth or Jonas Hiller so they could keep Andersen in the NHL.
While this doesn’t necessarily eliminate the possibility of a trade – it does appear Anaheim is taking the idea of a trade off the table for the time being. Being able to keep an NHL caliber goaltender (probably two with John Gibson) in the minors as insurance, especially one with the kind of success that Andersen has had is something that most teams would envy so for the time being it so only presents itself as another advantage over the rest of the league.
Other Moves Made By The Ducks
Peter Holland was recalled from Norfolk. The Ducks went with seven defenseman against the Panthers, and now Corey Perry appears to be heading to the press box with Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks will need all the help they can get up front.
Sami Vatanen Sent To Norfolk. Pure numbers game. Vatanen hasn’t played horribly but if you’re not going to dress seven defenders there is going to be somebody pinched out.