The Anaheim Ducks, currently on a four-game winning streak, are applying the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" with their roster. The club announced today that right wing Dan Sexton and left wing Matt Beleskey were assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. Both players were coming off injuries.
Sexton missed the last seven games after breaking his nose over two weeks ago. Sexton, 23, played seven games for the Ducks this season, averaging 11:28 of ice time. Beleskey missed six games after suffering a concussion against Dallas. The 22-year old has two assists in 10 games this season for the Ducks.
Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register caught up with Ducks' coach Randy Carlyle about the roster moves:
"I think both players, if you look at the statistics, didn’t really have great starts. Beleskey had a great training camp and then had a groin injury and has never really been able to get back up to speed. Sexton’s been a kid that’s played a lot of hockey just before he got hurt and he was zeroes across the board.
"We felt those players are best suited to go down and get their game turned around. They have an opportunity to go to the American Hockey League and do that."
The Ducks look to extend their four-game winning streak tonight at Honda Center, against the New York Islanders, who have lost seven straight contests.
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