The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are about to throw in the towel on their
free agent spendy frenzy from a few seasons ago.
General manager Bryan Murray says when the protected list for this
week's waiver draft is submitted, defenseman Jason York and forwards
German Titov and Denny Lambert will not be on it.
The trio met with Murray on Monday and were informed of the team's
plans. They did not travel with the team to Minnesota for Tuesday's
exhibition game against the Wild.
Murray says if the trio are not selected in Friday's draft, they will
likely be reassigned to the minor leagues. He adds that he has not
found any takers in his attempts to trade them.
Former Ducks general manager Pierre Gauthier signed both York and
Titov to lucrative contracts. York is scheduled to make $4-million
over the next two yearss while Titov will earn $1.5-million this
York played in 74 games with Anaheim last season, producing five
goals and 25 points while posting a -11 rating. Titov had 13 goals
and 27 points last season.
If no other team selects them in the waiver draft, the Ducks will be
responsible for paying their salaries.
"It's always difficult with veteran guys who have played for you, but
we have people who have gone by them, in our opinion," Murray tells
the Orange County Register. "When you finish 13th (in the Western
Conference), you have to make changes."