Festerling down, Salcido up.

In somewhat of a surprise move, the Ducks brought up Hermosa Beach native Brian Salcido from Iowa and sent defenseman Brett Festerling back to the AHL.

Festerling [stats here] had seemingly established himself in the Ducks’ defensive rotation, playing 37 of a possible 41 games since Francois Beauchemin went down in November. Festerling is also considered a defensive-minded blueliner, while Salcido [stats here] was the Iowa Chops’ second-leading scorer at the time of his recall (seven goals, 32 points in 54 games). Clearly, the hope is for more offense and better puck-moving from the back end, areas of proficiency for the Ducks’ next opponent.

Salcido has never played in an NHL game. The Chops were on their way from Chicago to Houston; instead he’ll fly straight to Detroit to make his NHL debut Friday against the Red Wings.

No pressure, kid.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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