Duco, acquired from the Florida Panthers on Saturday in exchange for the rights to Russian wing Sergei Shirokov, had 10 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in two games with Florida last season. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound right wing is known for his willingness to stick up for teammates.
Terms of the contract were not revealed.
The 24-year-old native of Toronto spent most of the 2009-10 season with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, producing 9 goals, 19 points and 111 penalty minutes in 59 games. In 12 career NHL games, Duco has 0 points and 60 penalty minutes.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres