Time to turn on the panic switch?
Sunday’s events in Colorado have trickled down throughout the Anaheim organization. When Frederik Andersen was hurt, this lead to the recall of Jason LaBarbera. When John Gibson got hurt, LaBarbera played the Avalanche while goalie coach Dwyane Roloson was the emergency backup. Now that the team is back in Anaheim, Gibson is still resting. Not wanting to play a 45-year-old goalie who would count against the cap, Anaheim has recalled Igor Bobkov. The third-year professional netminder has played two games this year with an .844 save percentage for Norfolk.
Wednesday, the Admirals will play in Bridgeport at 11AM. Bobkov would have been expected to start that game. After Labarbera’s recall, Ryan Faragher was reassigned by Utah to the Ads. Due to Bobkov’s recall, the Admirals have recalled Etienne Marcoux from the Grizzlies. Neither has been particularly brilliant in the ECHL. Faragher sports a .882 save percentage while Marcoux has a .894. Faragher has been in net for two wins, while Marcoux has yet to be on the right side of the ledger. I’d imagine that Norfolk would turn to Faragher against Bridgeport, as he’s an Anaheim contract.
A bit of languaging here. Ryan Faragher is currently signed to a one-year entry-level contract with the Ducks. This means that he can be shuffled from the ECHL to the NHL at the team’s behest. Etienne Marcoux, though, is on an AHL Standard Player’s Contract. Marcoux can only play in Norfolk or Utah, unless he signs an NHL contract. Therefore, Norfolk technically controls where Marcoux plays. Nonetheless, the Admirals are in a bit of a situation in goal. It’s dire and they need Faragher and Marcoux to transform into AHL-quality goaltenders overnight.