Ducks submit opening-day roster.

The NHL deadline for submitting opening-day rosters has come and gone, and the Ducks’ roster looks just as it was expected to once Josh Green and Maxime Macenauer became the final cuts of training camp. The team placed Joffrey Lupul and Jason Jaffray on the injured-reserve list today and have designated Toni Lydman as an injured non-roster player.

Lydman traveled with the team to Detroit — which came as welcome news following Tuesday’s checkup for the defenseman who has been sidelined with double vision since the start of training camp. No word yet if Lydman could be cleared to play at some point during the season-opening trip to Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis — or if he’ll merely be skating and (hopefully) bonding with his teammates on the road.

Without further ado, then, the roster:

Forwards (16): Beleskey, Blake, Bodie, Carter, Chipchura, Getzlaf, Jaffray (IR), Koivu, Lupul (IR), Marchant, Parros, Perry, Ryan, Selanne, Sexton, Voros.

Defensemen (8): Brookbank, Fowler, Lydman, Mara, Mikkelson, Sbisa, Sutton, Visnovsky.

Goalies (2): Hiller, McElhinney.

Green, Macenauer to AHL; opening-day roster takes shape.

Josh Green and Maxime Macenauer were assigned to AHL affiliate Syracuse on Monday, making them the final cuts of training camp. The Ducks have 26 players on their roster, but three (Toni Lydman, Joffrey Lupul, Jason Jaffray) are expected to start the season on injured reserve. That ought to bring Anaheim down to the league-maximum 23 active players two days ahead of the deadline.

It also clinches the team’s final forward positions for Dan Sexton and Troy Bodie, and eliminates the possibility of a third line centered by the 21-year-old Macenauer. Barring any moves between now and Friday’s season opener against Detroit, this is the team Randy Carlyle will ice against the Red Wings.

Going down the list of pre-camp questions, then:

Final roster cuts? Check.
Team captain? Ryan Getzlaf.
Team identity? Not yet.
Cam Fowler? In the NHL.
Bobby Ryan? Probably a left wing again.

There are still plenty of challenges in store – namely solidifying the defense pairings and finding three scoring lines – that Carlyle probably would like to have nailed down by now.

The Ducks’ final practice in Anaheim is tomorrow, and the team leaves Wednesday for Detroit.

Jaffray update.

An MRI on Jason Jaffray confirmed the torn ACL and a sprained MCL he sustained in a training-camp scrimmage last Saturday. Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said that the team is still waiting to get a timetable for Jaffray’s recovery.

“They have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can get a proper assessment on the extent of the damage,” Carlyle said Tuesday.

Injury update.

Day of 2 training camp was not kind to Jason Jaffray and Joe DiPenta.

DiPenta started the morning on the ice but finished with a visit to the dentist. A deflected puck struck the defenseman in the mouth and knocked out at least one tooth. He did not take part in the team’s scrimmage.

The news was worse for Jaffray, whom the Ducks acquired in a June trade from Calgary for Logan MacMillan. The forward was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which he suffered in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday.
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Logan MacMillan dealt to Calgary.

If Logan MacMillan’s future in the Ducks’ organization was not doomed by his lack of offensive production, his injury history, or his DUI arrest in January, it was doomed Wednesday when the former first-round draft pick was traded to the Calgary Flames for minor-leaguer Jason Jaffray.

The 19th overall pick in 2007, MacMillan never lived up to his lofty expectations in Anaheim. Some of it was hardly MacMillan’s fault.

After the 20-goal 2006-07 campaign for the Halifax Moosheads that got him drafted, MacMillan was beset by injuries and could not improve on his goals or assists totals over his final two seasons in the QMJHL. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract in 2009 but was bothered by back spasms early in the 2009-10 season with ECHL affiliate Bakersfield.

When healthy, MacMillan was a responsible defensive forward and penalty-kill specialist in Bakersfield. But he never displayed the scorer’s touch that one would expect from a first-round draft pick. MacMillan scored two goals in 30 games for the Condors before he was sent home following his arrest. He resurfaced late in the season to play seven scoreless games for the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, the Flames’ top minor-league affiliate.

MacMillan had two years left on his entry-level contract at just more than $1 million per season.

Jaffray, 29, is a minor-league journeyman. In eight pro seasons, the left wing has played in 36 NHL games, 372 AHL games and 141 ECHL games. He has four goals at the NHL level, the first coming in his debut game as a Vancouver Canuck on Dec. 12, 2007 against the Ducks’ Jean-Sebastien Giguere. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the next season.

Either the Ducks or Flames could also receive a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2013 Entry Draft in the trade.