Ducks Give Up on D Sbisa for Season

Ducks Give Up on D Sbisa for Season

Published Oct. 27, 2009 12:03 a.m. ET

Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks
have sent 19-year-old defenseman Luca Sbisa to his junior team, preventing him
from returning to the NHL this season.

The Ducks acquired Sbisa from Philadelphia during the
summer in a trade that sent Chris Pronger to the Flyers. Anaheim hoped the
Italian-born, Swiss-raised Sbisa could play a regular role, but he managed no
points and a minus-1 rating in eight games.

Sbisa was sent to Lethbridge of the Western League on
Monday. Since Sbisa is under 20, he can't be recalled to the Ducks after getting
sent down.

Anaheim also recalled goalie Justin Pogge from Bakersfield
before Monday's game against Toronto to fill in for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who
plans to rest his injured groin muscle for at least two days.


Received 10/26/09 10:07 pm ET