The Anaheim Ducks have placed Dennis Rasmussen on unconditional waivers on Monday.
Rasmussen has not seen any NHL action since mid-December and it is likely that he could head back to Sweden or end up in a European league should a mutual termination of his contract follow.
In that scenario, the Ducks would receive no cap relief and is a further indication of a bad deal all the way around, as there is clearly no fit for Rasmussen and Anaheim.
Ducks’ Ondrej Kase Out Indefinitely with Concussion
Anaheim Ducks forward Ondrej Kase will be out indefinitely due to a concussion, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Coppinger.
Kase suffered the concussion during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings that took place on Saturday, and his loss will further complicate things for a wounded Anaheim team that has lost winger Corey Perry for five months due to a knee injury, and with center Ryan Kesler’s return still up in the air as he continues to recover from hip surgery.
Kase collected 20 goals and 18 assists last season for Anaheim.
Ray Emery Drowns While Swimming In Hometown
Former NHL goalie Ray Emery, 35, drowned while swimming in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday.
Emery was reported missing just after 6 a.m. Sunday in Hamilton Harbour, according to the Hamilton Police Department. Emery’s body was recovered in proximity to where he was last seen later in the afternoon.
“They went out for a swim, and unfortunately, he did not emerge after diving in,” Hamilton police Inspector Marty Schulenberg told The Hamilton Spectator. “We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results.”
Emery last played in the NHL in 2014-15 for the Philadelphia Flyers, but spent time throughout his career with the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, Flyers, and Chicago Blackhawks posting a career NHL record of 145-86-28 with 16 shutouts and a 2.70 goals-against average.
“On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. “Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best, he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones.”
“Ray was an outstanding teammate and an extremely gifted goaltender,” The Flyers said in an official statement (h/t ESPN). “He had an exceptional athleticism, was a fierce competitor and battled in every game he played with the Flyers. His performances throughout the 2009-10 season were a very big part of the team’s success in making the playoffs and reaching the Stanley Cup Final.”
“The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion,” the team said in a statement.
Ducks Sign AHL Coach Dallas Eakins To Multi-Year Contract Extension
The Anaheim Ducks have signed their AHL head coach, Dallas Eakins, to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Eakins had coached the San Diego Gulls for the past 3 seasons, finishing 2nd in the Pacific Division in his first 2 seasons before posting a 36-28-3-1 record this season, a drop in their success.
Eakins assistant coach Marty Wilford has been promoted, per a separate team announcement.
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