A phone call from management doesn’t often bring good news. It’s usually to inform a player of a trade or a demotion. But in Emerson Etem’s case, the caller ID of Ducks General Manager Bob Murray might as well have glowed in neon.
Etem actually missed the initial call while sitting in his living room with his newborn son and wife in Vancouver, Canada, last week, but “I knew right away,” he said.
Etem was thrilled when Murray claimed him off the waiver wire. It meant a jump start to his young career, with the team that drafted him with fanfare in 2010.
“It was unbelievable to have a second chance in this organization,” Etem said in a phone interview from...