In a confused exchange, the Anaheim Ducks recovered Defenseman Michelle Del Zotto Florida panthers. In the trade, Florida received the winger John Smith Detroit Red Wings, while Detroit received Danny O’Regan ducks.
All three have NHL experience, but are expected to report to AHL teams on their new teams.
Del Zotto, who has more than 700 NHL games under his belt, was expected to kick the Panthers out of camp this season due to the team’s lack of depth in that position. But he didn’t make the opening night roster and hasn’t been called up since, even though injuries plagued the team.
After scoring more than a point per game in the AHL with the Belleville Senators last year, Del Zotto had only had 10 points in 25 games with Charlotte before the trade. He will now head to another major league San Diego.
O’Regan is a useful AHL depth who could be on the respective NHL team. He played in five games for the Anaheim club last season, recording one assist. With San Diego this year, the 28-year-old has scored three goals and 15 assists in 27 games.
Smith gives Florida a strong physical presence with Ryan Lomberg Also in the barn. In Round 2 of 2016, Smith recorded over 100 penalty minutes in 46 games with Detroit in 2021-22. He spent most of that season with AHL Grand Rapids, recording five points in 19 games.
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