Monday, September 27, 2010

Ducks Down to 30

The Ducks have taken their current training camp roster down to 30 players on Sunday night, assigning four to the minors, one to the juniors and releasing Stephane Veilleux from his tryout.  With injuries, the roster really only stands at 28 players, but both Jason Jaffray and Toni Lydman are still with the team to nurse their ailments.

The goaltending tandem is as expected in Jonas Hiller and Curtis McElhinney, while there is a good fight for the fifth, sixth and seventh defensive spots on the blueline.  I would assume that Lubomir Visnovsky, Andy Sutton, Sheldon Brookbank and Paul Mara all have jobs secured for the most part, it will be interesting to see who comes out as the remainder of the blueline.

With 16 active forwards, there should only need to be three cuts made during this camp.  The Ducks will likely be looking for a bit more veteran savvy with a shallow defense this year, so I really don't expect to see  some of the younger prospects move up at forward.

Corey PerryLubomir VisnovskyJonas Hiller
Ryan GetzlafToni LydmanCurtis McElhinney
Bobby RyanAndy Sutton
Saku KoivuSheldon Brookbank
Teemu SelannePaul Mara
Jason BlakeDanny Syvret
Todd MarchantBrett Festerling
Dan SextonBrendan Mikkelson
Joffrey LupulLuca Sbisa
Kyle ChipchuraCam Fowler
Ryan Carter
Aaron Voros
George Parros
Matt Beleskey
Troy Bodie
Jason Jaffray
Josh Green
Maxime Macenauer

Salary CapThe Ducks management have done a pretty good job keeping this team under the cap, but in the post-Niedermayer era, that should be a much easier task to accomplish. The 30-player roster above and a buyout comes in at around $59.4 million, which is the salary cap ceiling and with a number of cuts still to be made, plus some likely injury discounts to take into account, the Ducks should be sitting pretty in this department.

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