Maine Hockey Journal

Ducks make roster additions, help bolster Pirates

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have signed defenseman Joe Callahan to a one-year deal and that they’ve come to terms on a deal with center Brandon Segal for the next two years.

Callahan, 24, (12/20/82), played in 78 games last season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring 1 goal, 13 assists for 14 points with 65 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-3, 221-pound blueliner set professional career highs in assists and points last season.

A Brockton, Mass. native, Callahan has played in 246 career AHL games, collecting 6 goals, 30 assists for 36 points with 231 PIM. Before turning pro, he played 94 career games at Yale in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) and recorded 11 goals, 33 assists for 44 points with 96 PIM.

Callahan was originally drafted by Phoenix in the third round (70th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Segal, 24, (7/12/83), spent the 2006-07 season with Milwaukee (AHL), scoring 20 goals, 9 assists for 29 points with 84 penalty minutes (PIM) in 77 games played. In four playoff games, he collected one goal with two PIM. In 259 career AHL games, Segal has scored 56 goals, 42 assists for 98 points.

Segal was acquired from Nashville in exchange for future considerations on June 26, 2007.

In other news, the Portland Pirates took a bit of a hit in the scoring department when it was announced today that Mark Hartigan signed a one-year two-way deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

“They’re not a team that has first-rounders, or second-rounders, or third-rounders in the organization,” he said of Detroit in Lindsey Kramer’s blog. “They don’t worry about contracts. If you’re the best player in camp, they find a way to put you on the team. Other teams have been all about contracts.”

Whether it was a slam against the Ducks or Blue Jackets was unclear (Both clubs that Hartigan played for last season), but it was still an insight to his mindset as to why he didn’t return to Anaheim.

Also the Pirates lost the services of Joe Motzko to the Washington Capitals, who signed with them last Friday to a two-year, two-way deal.

Both players were at the top of the Pirates in the scoring race as they combined for 24 goals, 30 assists for 54 points during the time they spent in Portland.

They were acquired together in a trade along with a 4th round pick in this year’s draft for Zenon Konopka, Curtis Glencross and the 7th round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft. After Hartigan’s signing, it turned out the Ducks dealt Zenon Konopka (one year left on his current deal), Curtis Glencross (just re-signed with Columbus for one year) and Trent Vogelhuber for Sebastian Stefaniszin (goaltender drafted 98th overall in this year’s draft).

Over the next several weeks, it will be interesting to see what other moves the Ducks make to help bolster the Pirates lineup. They’ve started when they made deals with Pittsburgh, sending Tim Brent in exchange for Stephen Dixon and Vancouver sending Ryan Shannon for Jason King and a conditional 3rd round pick in next year’s draft. Dixon should be in Portland as a depth player for Anaheim, but it’s currently unclear if King will be with the Pirates or the Ducks due to the fact he’s signed with Iserlohn in Germany.

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