Luca Sbisa’s time has been short-lived with the New York Islanders. The Anaheim Ducks picked up the defenseman on Tuesday.
After two seasons with the New York Islanders in some capacity, defenseman Luca Sbisa has been picked up from the Islanders by the Anaheim Ducks.
Sbisa was initially brought in by the Islanders on a professional try out by Lou Lamoriello as a depth defenseman before the 2018-19 season. He played well enough by Lou and Barry Trotz’s standards that they signed the veteran defenseman to a single year $1.5 million deal.
But as the 2018-19 season got underway, and Sbisa got some games under his belt, the Islanders realized they made a mistake.
Luca Sbisa played a total of nine games for the Islanders in 2018-19. He picked up a point and five shots on net. He was a non-factor for the Islanders.
That’s why he remained on the scratchpad for the majority of the season, even when the Islanders faced an injury crunch on the blueline, Sbisa stayed on the scratchpad. They called up Devon Toews rather than play Sbisa. Certainly a good choice by the Isles.
This season, Sbisa stuck around the team on a PTO, until the Ducks came calling.
The Ducks gave Sbisa a single year two-way deal and was then waived by the team. He musts clear waivers before he can be assigned to the AHL. He’ll likely clear waivers without issues. Once in the AHL, he can help out the Ducks affiliate (San Diego Gulls) who are 0-4-0 with a -11 goal differential to start the season.
Sbisa didn’t get much done with his time on Long Island. No one really expected him too. The former 18th overall pick in 2008 just doesn’t have what it takes to compete in the NHL anymore. He’ll likely be a good leader in the AHL for kids trying to learn what it takes to be a professional hockey player.
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