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Ducks sign Luca Sbisa

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Anaheim brings back an old friend for defensive reinforcements.

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UPDATE: Sbisa has been claimed off of waivers by the Winnipeg Jets.


The Ducks appear to be diving back into the old defenseman cupboard for help on the back end. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has reported that Anaheim has signed Luca Sbisa and that he is on waivers. Details of the contract were not immediately available.

Sbisa was drafted at number 19 overall in the 2008 Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Considered one of their top defensive prospects, he played 39 games with the Flyers before being traded with Joffery Lupel in the infamous Chris Pronger deal at the 2009 Draft.

He proceeded to play in 227 games for Anaheim over five seasons, tallying 49 points with 181 PIM as a regular on the second and third pairings.

Sbisa was part of the package sent to the Vancouver Canucks that brought Ryan Kesler to Anaheim, along with Nick Bonino and a first round pick.

He spent nine games last season with the New York Islanders after spending the previous season on the inaugural Vegas Golden Knights roster.

It is currently unclear if this signing was made to help the Ducks defense, or if it was made to shore up the San Diego Gulls who are searching for answers after an 0-4 start to their season.