Ducks set to cut loose Dennis Rasmussen by putting center on waivers
DETROIT — Dennis Rasmussen’s time with the Ducks organization appears to be near its end.
The Ducks put Rasmussen on waivers Monday, potentially paving the way for the two sides to part ways. The move was first reported by The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun and TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Twitter.
Rasmussen first cleared waivers on Dec. 29 and was sent down to the Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego. The 27-year-old center has four goals and six assists in 17 games with the Gulls.
The Ducks can terminate the remainder of the one-year, $750,000 contract Rasmussen signed in July as a free agent. Rasmussen played in 27 games with the team and had a goal and three assists.
Derek Grant’s effective play early in the season pushed Rasmussen to a part-time role and Adam Henrique’s arrival dropped him further down the depth chart. The Ducks no longer needed him as an extra after Ryan Kesler returned from injury after Christmas.
If Rasmussen does not get claimed by another NHL team, another option could be playing in his native Sweden or elsewhere overseas.
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