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Winnipeg Jets Claim Luca Sbisa Off Of Waivers

Seeking some reinforcements on defense, the Winnipeg Jets have claimed Luca Sbisa off of waivers on Tuesday morning. The 29 year old defenseman was about to sign a one-year, one-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks worth $750,000, but needed to clear waivers in order to do so. The Jets used the opportunity to snap up the 11 year NHL veteran.

It’s unclear at the moment if this is a depth move for the Manitoba Moose who are currently dealing with some injuries of their own on the blue-line and could use the addition, or if this is a move for the main NHL roster. When he was signed by the Ducks, it was speculated by multiple sites that it was a signing more meant to help out the AHL San Diego Gulls

From several sources, it has been reported the Sbisa is nothing more than a depth signing for Kevin Dineen and the struggling San Diego Gulls. After dropping their first four games, the team could use a seasoned two-way defenseman after the Anaheim Ducks and free agency depleted their roster.

The Moose could certainly qualify as struggling as well having started the season 1-5-0 and last in the AHL’s Central Division. They’ve also seen injuries to Sami Niku (who by all rights should be in the NHL anyway) as well as Logan Stanley. If the Jets do in fact want him in the AHL, they would have to put him on waivers yet again and hope he clears.

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The Jets have also had their share of injuries so this more likely could be a move to put a warm extra body in the press box.

Or… The Jets can do what they’ve done with the likes of Anthony Bitetto and Mark Letestu and give him a regular spot in the lineup. *sigh*

It would certainly seem odd if the Jets intended to give him a role on the defense for any length of time given how he hasn’t been able to really make any other NHL roster. Sbisa has played in just 39 games over the last two seasons, the last was a nine game stint with the New York Islanders last season.

Luca Sbisa NHL Career Stats
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2008-09 PHI 39 0 7 7 -6 36 38 0.0 96 17:29 48 46 7 29
2009-10 ANA 8 0 0 0 -1 6 3 0.0 13 12:38 5 6 1 4
2010-11 ANA 68 2 9 11 -11 43 76 2.6 148 16:48 85 170 15 28
2011-12 ANA 80 5 19 24 -5 66 88 5.7 211 17:56 97 184 22 36
2012-13 ANA 41 1 7 8 0 23 39 2.6 100 19:50 57 99 10 13
2013-14 ANA 30 1 5 6 0 43 30 3.3 80 17:03 38 83 7 10
2014-15 VAN 76 3 8 11 -8 46 79 3.8 171 18:47 128 151 14 46
2015-16 VAN 41 2 6 8 5 26 29 6.9 72 17:23 58 71 5 12
2016-17 VAN 82 2 11 13 -1 40 75 2.7 197 18:59 122 130 19 50
2017-18 VEG 30 2 12 14 8 15 26 7.7 62 19:31 54 50 12 16
2018-19 NYI 9 0 1 1 0 4 5 0.0 17 15:28 7 17 1 3
Career 11 yrs 504 18 85 103 -19 348 488 3.7 1167 18:04 699 1007 113 247

 

Luca Sbisa advanced NHL career statistics
Cors Cors Cors Cors Fenw Fenw Fenw Fenw PDO PDO PDO PDO PDO Zone Zone
Season Team GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2008-09 PHI 39 597.2 510 624 45.0 -3.6 361 446 44.7 -5.3 18 6.9 24 92.6 99.5 45.0 55.0
2009-10 ANA 8 89.8 64 96 40.0 -9.0 49 78 38.6 -9.8 1 3.1 2 96.6 99.7 59.5 40.5
2010-11 ANA 68 949.6 705 984 41.7 -5.3 540 735 42.4 -4.9 25 6.3 40 92.4 98.7 56.1 43.9
2011-12 ANA 80 1228.9 1076 1146 48.4 -0.4 796 868 47.8 -0.8 45 8.5 50 91.7 100.2 52.7 47.3
2012-13 ANA 41 699.1 555 661 45.6 -2.5 409 475 46.3 -2.4 26 8.8 29 90.4 99.2 50.9 49.1
2013-14 ANA 30 467.6 418 428 49.4 -2.8 302 331 47.7 -5.3 18 8.7 19 91.8 100.5 51.8 48.2
2014-15 VAN 76 1259.7 1091 1269 46.2 -4.0 825 958 46.3 -5.4 56 9.0 66 90.6 99.6 47.3 52.7
2015-16 VAN 41 636.0 492 642 43.4 -5.3 367 494 42.6 -6.6 25 9.0 22 93.7 102.8 50.3 49.7
2016-17 VAN 82 1369.0 1074 1276 45.7 -3.7 769 975 44.1 -4.2 43 7.6 46 93.4 101.0 48.8 51.2
2017-18 VEG 30 497.4 457 586 43.8 -9.1 350 438 44.4 -8.3 27 10.8 22 93.0 103.8 41.8 58.2
2018-19 NYI 9 123.3 113 116 49.3 0.7 88 89 49.7 1.1 4 6.7 4 93.9 100.6 62.0 38.0
Career 504 7917.6 6555 7828 45.6 -3.9 4856 5887 45.2 -4.5 288 8.2 324 92.2 100.5 49.9 50.1