Ducks claim G Chad Johnson off waivers with Miller ailing
The Ducks announced the move shortly before revealing Tuesday that backup goalie Ryan Miller will be out for about six weeks with a sprained knee ligament.
Anaheim also says forward Rickard Rakell is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle. The club doesn’t know when he will return.
Johnson has appeared in 183 games with six NHL franchises over the past decade. He went 2-6-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and a .884 save percentage in 10 games this season with the Blues, who signed him as a free agent in July.
Miller is 4-2-1 with a 2.72 GAA in 10 games during his second season as the backup to John Gibson, who has started 25 of Anaheim’s 32 games.
Miller was hurt in a collision with several players during the Ducks’ game against New Jersey on Sunday. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Miller needs one more win to tie John Vanbiesbrouck’s NHL-record 375 victories by an American-born goalie.
Rakell has scored five goals in a slow start to this season after scoring 67 combined goals over the previous two years.