Less than 24 hours after signing his contract with the Anaheim Ducks, Luca Sbisa has been claimed off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets.
It was just yesterday that Luca Sbisa signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The ink on his contract was barely dry before they put him on waivers to send him down to San Diego as a reinforcement for Kevin Dineen and his struggling Gulls. After being stripped of a majority of their playoff-contending team from last year via free agency and to fill the Anaheim Ducks needs, a seasoned and experienced veteran who is familiar with the organization could have been a big help.
The only obstacle that stood in the way of him moving to San Diego was waivers, and it seemed as though he would clear them without any issues. That is, until this morning. Sbisa’s return to the Anaheim Ducks organization lasted for only one day before the Winnipeg Jets claimed him off waivers. Currently, the Jet’s blueline is a shell of its former self. Losing Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers and Dustin Byfuglien‘s decision to take leave of absence, which unfortunatley doesn’t seem to be nearing its end, has been a difficult transition for the team.
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However, Luca Sbisa is a rather shocking pickup for the team. In 2018-19 he played only 9 games with the New York Islanders, spending most of his time in the press box as a healthy scratch. Even when the team suffered injuries on their blueline, they opted to call up Devon Toews instead of giving Sbisa another chance. He seems to have hit a wall in his game, but hopefully, the change of scenery in Winnipeg will give him the opportunity to find himself again.
As far as the Anaheim Ducks, it may be time for Bob Murray and Bob Ferguson to start looking into other options to help the San Diego Gulls. There aren’t a lot of available options out there unless they are open to a trade, and in all honesty, it very well may come down to just that. It could just be that the Gulls need time to adjust to all the changes. However, from the look of it, changes could be necessary.
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