Anaheim made a couple of changes to its blue line on Saturday morning. Andreas Lilja, who signed a one-year deal with the Ducks on Monday, received his visa and has been added to the team's active roster. To make room for him, the club reassigned Luca Sbisa
to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
Lilja, 35 (7/13/75), appeared in his ninth NHL season in 2009-10, collecting 1-1=2 points with four PIM in 20 games with Detroit. Lilja, who missed the majority of the season due to injury, also appeared in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Red Wings last spring, going scoreless with 14 PIM. He spent the 2010 preseason with San Jose on a tryout contract, scoring 1-1=2 points with a +3 rating and two PIM in four games.
A native of Helsingborg, Sweden. Lilja made his NHL debut on Dec. 3, 2000 at Anaheim and played his first 45 career games with Los Angeles before being acquired by Florida with Jaroslav Bednar in exchange for Dmitri Yushkevich and a fifth-round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft on Nov. 26, 2002. Following the lockout, the 6-3, 228-pound blueliner signed as a free agent with Detroit on Aug. 25, 2005 and spent five seasons with the Red Wings (2005-10), earning 7-40=47 points with a +33 rating and 315 PIM.
Sbisa, 20 (1/30/90), played two games for Anaheim this season, going scoreless with two penalty minutes (PIM). Sbisa has appeared in 49 career NHL games with Anaheim and Philadelphia, scoring 0-7=7 points with 44 PIM. He has also appeared in one NHL Playoff game, making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with the Flyers in Game 2 of the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh on Apr. 17, 2009.
Selected by Philadelphia in the first round (19th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Sbisa was acquired with Joffrey Lupul, a first-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (Kyle Palmieri
), a first-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Emerson Etem
), and a conditional third-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from Philadelphia in exchange for Chris Pronger on June 26, 2009.