With all the free agency frenzy over the likes of Tavares, Drew Doughty, JVR, and all the other guys out there, the Anaheim Ducks front office was relatively quite throughout the weekend. That is besides the one exception being the exchange of forward Nic Kerdiles for former Winnipeg Jet and So-Cal native Chase De Leo.
But I guess the Ducks management decided to take the weekend off and perhaps resume work on Monday because they end today with six new faces. Here’s the brief facts on the new guys.
Luke Schenn (Defenseman)
- Age - 28
- Played 708 Career NHL Games
- 30G - 113A = 143P Career
- Contract - 1 year for $800K
Originally drafted 5th overall by Toronto, Schenn has spent the past two seasons with the Arizona Coyotes after stints in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Toronto.
Basically with Beauchemin and Bieksa gone, Murray decided that he had a major gap to fill and decided that Schenn would be a good fit. Y’all figure that one out.
Brian Gibbons (Left Wing)
- Age - 30
- Played 125 Career NHL Games
- 17G - 31A = 48P Career
- Contract - 1 year for $1MM
Brian Gibbons is coming off a career year with the New Jersey Devils last season after posting 12G-14A-26P, +10 in 59 games. A Boston College alum, he was originally signed by Pittsburgh but also had a brief stint with Columbus. For a not-so-young-player, he has been known to be speedy at times.
This signing could have upside. At best we may see him a bottom-six forward and a part of the PK unit.
Carter Rowney (Right Wing)
- Age - 29
- Played 71 Career NHL Games
- 5G - 7A = 12P Career
- Contract - 3 years for $3.4MM (insert shocked emoji here)
I’m probably putting this nicely, but let’s call Carter Rowney a “late bloomer.” While Rowney was a part of the 2017 Stanley Cup Pittsburgh Penguins, he has appeared in only 71 NHL games. He only posted 0-3 during 20 playoff games making consistent appearances on the fourth line.
I wanted to make this more of an informational facts sort of write up, but I’m going to digress a little here and give you my two-cents on this rather puzzling signing. THREE YEARS. Say what? I mean, for a guy that is completely unproven, the Ducks are signing him for three years??? The upside is that perhaps there is an upside? Perhaps he only gets better, and next year is his breakout year? Or perhaps this is Murray’s way of protecting the Ducklings in the farm system?
Anton Rodin (Right Wing)
- Age - 27
- 3 NHL Career Games
- 1A in NHL Career but split time between AHL and Swiss National League
- Contract - 1 year for $750K
Anton Rodin was once a Swedish League MVP. He had only appeared in 3 games with the Vancouver Canucks posting one assist during the 2016-17 season. He has since then split his time between Utica Comets of the AHL and Davos of the Swiss National League.
Rodin has been plagued with bad luck and injuries throughout most of his career. This is probably one of Murray’s typical low-risk, high-reward signing for the Ducks.
Ben Street (Center)
- Age - 31
- 35 NHL Career Games
- 0G - 3A = 3P in Career
- Contract - 1 year (2 way deal) for $750K
Street has bounced mostly around the AHL with brief stints with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avs and Detroit Red Wings. He spent all last season with the Grand Rapid Griffins and will most likely spend the rest of his 1 year contract with the San Diego Gulls.
Jared Coreau (Goaltender)
- Age - 26
- 21 NHL Career Games
- 5-9-4, with 2 shutouts
- Contract - 1 year (2 way deal) for $650K
Coreau is not going to replace Gibson or Miller. After posting 15-4 with a .909 SV% and 2.84 GAA, Coreau aided Grand Rapids to the 2017 Calder Cup Championship. With his history of reaching the Calder Cup Playoffs in four of his five AHL seasons, he may be a viable in-net option for the San Diego Gulls.