Anaheim Ducks Quick Reaction: The Return of Luca Sbisa

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 18: Luca Sbisa #5 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Washington Capitals on March 18, 2014 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 18: Luca Sbisa #5 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Washington Capitals on March 18, 2014 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Reported by Elliotte Freidman via Twitter, it appears as though the Anaheim Ducks are bringing back Luca Sbisa. With the signing fresh in our minds, what is our initial reaction?

When the Anaheim Ducks used Luca Sbisa as a trade chip to bring in the notorious instigator, Ryan Kesler, from the Vancouver Canucks, we never thought we’d see the day when Sbisa returned to the organization. Nevertheless, here we are. It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2019, and Luca Sbisa is now an Anaheim Duck once again, according to reports via twitter from Elliote Friedman and Eric Stephens.

From several sources, it has been reported the Sbisa is nothing more than a depth signing for Kevin Dineen and the struggling San Diego Gulls. After dropping their first four games, the team could use a seasoned two-way defenseman after the Anaheim Ducks and free agency depleted their roster.

Despite these reports, however, the Ducks have signed him to a one-year, one-way contract. They are currently waiting for him to clear waivers so that he can report to San Diego. Nevertheless, one could make a reasonable assumption that should injury strike at any point in the season, Sbisa could be joining the Ducks on the blueline.

With the signing fresh in our minds, the staff at Pucks of a Feather has expressed their initial reactions about the return of Luca Sbisa. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to chime in by leaving a comment down below or drop a comment via Twitter or Facebook.

Pucks of a Feather Staff: Initial Reactions to the Luca Sbisa Signing

Jonathan Morris: This is just a depth move; he’s going to the Gulls. This helps give them a little boost of NHL skills to help the kids. We’ve depleted that team pretty quickly with all the kids up with us currently. Plus, they lost a lot in free agency as well.

Jonathan Maxfield: It’s been far too long since the Ducks have had a pylon on the defensive corps who brings nothing positive to the back end. Best signing since Kevin Bieksa and Clayton Stoner to be quite honest. It seems weird he’d sign with the Ducks if he was going to the Gulls. They could have signed him to an AHL deal without needing waivers.

Ben Thomasian: The prospects at the top of this year’s draft have been phenomenal to start the season. Sbisa helps the Ducks realize their potential to draft one.

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Ed Stein: Sbisa— 2019-20 winner of the Jared Boll rally monkey.

TJ Watson: I have to admit, I’m at a loss for words.

Alan  Negrete: I feel nervous. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really follow the Anaheim Ducks when Sbisa was on the team. But, if I have learned anything in our history of getting older defensemen, let’s just say that it’s not a pretty picture. Then again, he will be going to the Gulls, so maybe there’s some potential there.

Jordan German: I’m happy, to be honest. I want to see him play for the team again. At the beginning of the season, I did write that he was one of two Ducks defensemen I wanted to make a return.

Ciara Durant: My first thought was, “haven’t we been down this road before?” He was traded for a reason, right? However, it makes me feel slightly better that his first destination will be San Diego, to help the Gulls. Signing him to an NHL contract just to put him on waivers doesn’t make much sense to me though.

Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Sbisa back with the Ducks at some point this season. I have a feeling he’s kind of like an insurance policy should one of Michael Del Zotto, Korbinian Holzer, or Jacob Larsson not work out. I’d prefer Simon Benoit or Josh Mahura on the team at that point, but we know how much Bob Murray likes having veteran defensemen on the blueline.

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