A couple of Western Conference teams were active on an otherwise slow Monday in July. The Detroit Red Wings have brought back goaltender Joey MacDonald with a two-year deal, and the Anaheim Ducks have reportedly inked forward Dan Sexton to a two-year deal as well.
By electing to bring back MacDonald in Detroit, the Red Wings have raised questions about the future of Chris Osgood with the team. It’s unclear whether MacDonald will assume the role of backup for Jimmy Howard, or whether his return could simply be an insurance move for the eventual re-signing of Osgood. Osgood is still available as an unrestricted free agent, and he’s also still 38-years old.
Dan Sexton appeared in 47 games with the Ducks last season, registering four goals and 13-points. He played in 17 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, totaling 17-points.
Sexton was, as Eric Stephens of the O.C. Register points out, the only Ducks player headed for arbitration. His hearing was scheduled for August 4th.