The injuries continue to pile up for the Anaheim Ducks, as yesterday they placed top defender Francois Beauchemin on IR – and today he receives company as Luca Sbisa and Viktor Fasth were both placed on injured reserve.
Sbisa will miss 6-8 weeks due to a torn tendon in his hand. The injury will require surgery – which he will have on Monday. Sbisa had missed the first part of the season after spraining his ankle in the first preseason game and looked like he was starting to play at the level the Ducks had hoped from him.
He made his presence known physically each time he was on the ice, and dropped the gloves against Tampa Bay Lightning defender Radko Gudas over hits Gudas threw over the span of their two meetings – landing two solid punches to the chin of Gudas.
Fasth had missed a month of action before returning November 15 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in two games before injuring himself in the pregame warmups against the Lightning.
Fasth is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.
The Ducks have recalled 32-year old defenseman Nolan Yonkman from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
In 18-games for the Admirals, Yonkman has three assist and has a plus-one rating. Yonkman, now a veteran of 619-AHL games, was a former second round pick by the Washington Capitals in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
A true blue journeyman, Yonkman has played for three different NHL teams, and is on his fifth AHL team in Norfolk.