Maine Hockey Journal

Ducks deal Skinner and Saunders to Boston

Portland, ME – With the Anaheim Ducks currently having 31 players on their roster, they made several moves today in preparation for there travel to London, England for the opening weekend of the NHL season against the L.A. Kings.

The Ducks trimmed their roster to 27 players, including 15 forwards, eight defensemen and four goaltenders.

Players not making the cut are forwards Jason King and Drew Miller and defenseman Aaron Rome and Brett Skinner as they were assigned to the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

For Skinner, the plane may have to make a slight diversion, as shortly after being assigned to Portland, he was part of a trade with the Boston Bruins for center Mark Mowers in exchange for Skinner and defenseman Nathan Saunders.

As a result of the trade, Petteri Wirtanen was assigned to the Pirates after having an impressive trading camp.

Wirtanen, 21 (5/28/86), recorded 2-2=4 points in five preseason games with the Ducks this month. He made his North American professional debut in 2006-07 with Portland, scoring 7-11=18 points in 67 games. Selected by Anaheim in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Wirtanen helped lead Finland to a bronze medal in the 2006 Under-20 World Junior tournament.

Mark Mowers will join the Ducks for their trip to England. He spent the 2006-07 season with the Boston Bruins, scoring 5-12=17 points with 26 PIM in 78 games played. He set numerous career highs with the Bruins last season, including goals, assists, points, PIM and games played.

Originally signed by Nashville as a free agent on June 11, 1998, Mowers has played in six NHL seasons with Nashville, Detroit and Boston. In 261 career NHL games, he has collected 17-44=61 points with 62 PIM.

The Portland Pirates will open training camp on Wednesday, September 26 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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