Ducks place Clayton Stoner on waivers
The Ducks placed defenseman Clayton Stoner on waivers Thursday.
The move would free up salary cap space if a team claims him by Friday. Stoner, 31, will make $3.25 million this season and next season because of a four-year, $13-million contract he signed with the Ducks on July 1, 2014. If he is unclaimed, the Ducks can free up a roster spot by assigning him to minor league San Diego.
The Ducks are trying to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman Hampus Lindholm, an integral part of their defense, and center Rickard Rakell. Even without Lindholm, the Ducks have depth on their blue line with Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen, Kevin Bieksa, Simon Despres, Josh Manson, Korbinian Holzer and top prospect Shea Theodore.
They also have defensemen prospects Brandon Montour and Jacob Larsson. Theodore and Montour were assigned to San Diego late Thursday.
Stoner formed a regular partnership with Vatanen under former Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. But Stoner was limited to 50 games last season and played in one playoff game. He landed his four-year contract on the heels of a solid postseason with the Minnesota Wild.
The Ducks also assigned forwards Kyle MacKinnon, Kalle Kossila, Julius Nattinen and Ondrej Kase to San Diego. Forward Sean Bergenheim was released from his professional tryout contract.
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