Last Game Preview, I took at look the upcoming free agents that were currently up with the big club. Since this game means absolutely nothing and I'm pretty sure the Ducks winning this game won't allow them to be spoilers in any way, let's take a look at the players in the Ducks system that are looking for new deals. I'll do Unrestricted Free Agents today and Restricted Free Agents the next game.
Ryan O'Marra - Acquired in a trade with Edmonton, O'Marra played in two games with the Ducks this season on the fourth line. He was replacing Nick Bonino for a couple games and ended up with blanks across the boards. Once Bonino was ready to go, O'Marra was sent back down. Prior to joining Anaheim, he played for the Oilers' minor league affiliate, the Oklahoma Barrons. In 40 games with the Barrons, he had 8 goals, 9 assists, and was a plus-15. In 14 games with the Crunch, he scored 1 goal and 2 assists, with a minus-1 rating. Conclusion: He's expendable.
Jean-Francois Jacques - When he was signed, I figured he was the heir-apparent to George Parros, mainly because Parros would fight Jacques frequently when he was with the Oilers. Jacques is an anomaly to me. With the Crunch, he has 20 goals, 17 assists and 91 PIM's in 59 games; however, with the Ducks he has zero goals and assists with 12 penalty minutes in 6 games. Oh and he was suspended twice in two separate tours with the Ducks. First time he was suspended for the remainder of the preseason (3 games) plus 5 regular season games. Once that suspension was up (after a series of call-ups), he made his way back in the lineup and seemed to be suspended again almost instantaneously. After delivering an illegal hit to the head of RJ Umberger, he was suspended 3 games. He has since served that suspension, one again through call-ups) and hasn't made a return trip to Anaheim. Conclusion: Could be a cheap replacement for Parros, but I don't see him fitting in with Boudreau.
Matt Smaby - In doing my research, it doesn't look good for Smaby when he's not on the Ducks list of players in the system. Could be because he's often injured? Maybe? Anyhoo, in a fight during the pre-season, he injured his hand and was out around 2 to 3 months. He's back with the Crunch and has 2 goals, 7 assists and 46 PIM's. Beyond that, not much to say about him. Conclusion: Another cheap alternative to Parros.
Sean Zimmerman - Another lackluster minor league player. Zimmerman was acquired last season from Boston. He was signed to a one-year extension at the end of the season after posting amazing numbers in Syracuse - 0 goals, 7 assists, and 47 penalty minutes in 51 games. His numbers are slightly better this season: in 42 games, he has 1 goal, 6 assists and 39 PIM's. He has yet to have a call-up to the big club. Conclusion: I can't see why we'd keep him around.
Mark Bell - His story is one of redemption after struggling with alcohol throughout his early career. (Google his story, I'm not going into it here.) Bell was a member of Chicago, San Jose and Toronto. After his time in Toronto, Bell went to play two years in Europe before being signed to a one-year contract by the Ducks prior to this season. His numbers in Syracuse are lackluster. In 35 games, he has 6 goals, 10 assists, 37 PIM's, and is a minus-13. During the Ducks epic run in January, he was called up for a 5-game stretch that resulted in only 5 PIM's on the stat sheet. Conclusion: Expendable. His good years are behind him.
Troy Bodie - I love Bodie. I loved him when he was a Duck and I was sad when he was claimed on waivers by Carolina. He isn't overly talented but he'll fight if you need him to. As an alternate captain for the Crunch, he has 5 goals, 9 assists and 114 PIM's He's probably going to be a career AHL-er, but I'm fine with keeping him in our system. It's just funny that we got rid of him only to get him back. Sound familiar? Conclusion: Bob Murray is likely indifferent with Bodie and it might matter who our next AHL affiliate is.
**Ducks signed prospect Chris Wagner to a three-year entry level deal. Wagner left Colgate University following his sophomore season this year.**