“Up in the air” took on two meanings as the
The Ducks packed two extra defensemen and the requisite spare forward, largely because they need available bodies for such a challenging start to the season. Most teams carry seven defensemen but the Ducks will have eight and 13 forwards when they open Thursday at Dallas.
"Right now that's the way we're set up to go," Coach
The Ducks remained up in the air with the contract situations of unsigned restricted free-agent center
Ducks General Manager Bob Murray typically does not comment on ongoing contract negotiations. Lindholm and Rakell are among the last restricted free agents in the
"We haven't seen him so we really don't know how far he is away from playing," Murray wrote in an email. "The sooner we get our doctors to look at him, I will be able to answer that question."
In the meantime, the Ducks will fill the void with rookies. Defenseman Jacob Larsson, right wing Nick Sorensen and left wing Joseph Cramarossa made the opening 23-man roster and likely will make their NHL debuts at some point on the trip.
"This is it," Carlyle said. "This is the big show. We're going to dance now."
Cramarossa impressed after he played in what Carlyle called difficult situations, sometimes in road exhibitions. He is one their more experienced prospects, having played nearly three full seasons in the minors.
"We thought he earned the opportunity," Caryle said.
Four of the five games are opponents’ home openers, so the Ducks will have to take the crowd out of energized buildings in Dallas, the
"We'll be put in the fire right away," left wing