Apparently none of the other 29 NHL teams wanted to pick up the 37-year-old defenseman at $1.25 million, a contract which expires at season’s end.
Even if he is sent to the minors, Klee is on a one-way deal, which means that salary will count against the Ducks’ cap. The Ducks do not play again this week until Friday in Ottawa.
UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): Klee is remaining in Anaheim during the road trip and isn’t planning on accompanying the team to Ottawa. That could change, but for now he’s waiting for the Ducks to make an executive decision on his future.
It’s two points but, even just listening to the game on the radio, I still feel confident in saying this is NOT how the Ducks wanted to start their road trip. They led 2-1 most of the way but gave up the game-tying goal with about a minute left in regulation.
There is no story in this morning’s editions concerning the media swirl around Brian Burke landing in Toronto because, well, there is no story.
Henry Samueli’s indefinite suspension by the NHL could last a bit longer than he originally hoped. But that’s the least of his worries.
David LeNeveu was removed from the Ducks’ opening-day roster this afternoon, a day after he was added. No word yet on if he actually traveled out to San Jose or not, or why he — notably a goalie, and not a skater – was added in the first place.
LeNeveu practiced with the Ducks on Wednesday, then went straight back to Des Moines. There’s no injury situation with Giguere or Hiller, and the Ducks will carry 22 (one under the maximum) on their roster for now.
Whoever had goaltender David LeNeveu in the Who-Will-Be-The-First-Player-Recalled-From-Iowa pool, give yourself a pat on the back.
Scotty is getting his “C” back. Quotes to follow.
In the meantime, did you know that ESPN.com’s Linda Cohn has picked the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Southeast? Please insert your own Barry Melrose joke here because this is a family blog; I’m not doing it myself.
Brian Burke could be hitting the phones as I type this, trying to complete a trade that will allow Bobby Ryan to get into the NHL. In the meantime, Ryan Donally and Andrew Ebbett have been sent to Iowa, giving the Ducks 23 men (including injured forward Brad Larsen), all under the salary cap, in time for Thursday’s opener in San Jose.