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Ducks add Lilja, demote Sbisa

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Defenseman Andreas Lilja has his work visa, so the Anaheim Ducks have a new defenseman.

The Ducks put the 35-year-old former Detroit Red Wing on their active roster Saturday and assigned 20-year-old defenseman Luca Sbisa to their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. Lilja, who spend the last five seasons with Detroit, will be in the lineup for Sunday's home game against Phoenix.

The Ducks signed Lilja on Monday after he went to training camp with San Jose on a tryout but didn't stick. He needed a few days to obtain his work visa.

Sbisa, a first-round pick by Philadelphia in 2008, was traded to Anaheim a year later in the deal that sent Chris Pronger to the Flyers. The Swiss native hasn't won a full-time NHL job during parts of three seasons with Philadelphia and Anaheim.

Anaheim, which has struggled defensively in the first 10 days of the season, also got free-agent signee Toni Lydman back on Friday. He had a goal in a 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta. Lydman missed training camp and Anaheim's first four games because of double vision.
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