Ebbett Claimed by Blackhawks; Blackout Lifted


Andrew Ebbett is headed to the Windy City. The Chicago Blackhawks put in a successful waiver claim for the Ducks’ center and will likely get more playing time there than in Anaheim.

Chicago is currently dealing with a few injuries to forwards with Adam Burish, Ben Eager, and, most notably, Marian Hossa injured and unable to play. Ebbett should fit in well with a young, fast Blackhawks team that is looking to take the next step this year after falling in the Western Conference Finals.

As I wrote about here, Ebbett became the odd-man-out after Erik Christensen returned from a shoulder injury and played well on the wing with Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. Petteri Nokelainen also returned from an injury and is battling for the same ice time as Coach Randy Carlyle has changed his second and third lines to look for more scoring.

In other Ducks news, the club has lifted the blackout that was in place for tonight’s game against the Blues. The game is not being televised by the Ducks but it will be televised by the Blues, so those with the NHL Center Ice package or the online Game Center Live package will be able to watch the game, regardless of their location.

Normally games are blacked out regionally to allow the home broadcaster to have exclusive rights to viewers, but since there is no TV tonight by a Ducks broadcast, it makes sense to lift the blackout. It’s actually a little angering that the Ducks have a weekend home game against Paul Kariya’s team that we can’t watch on TV. I’ll try to find a feed, but it’s not looking good just yet.