The Anaheim Ducks have been dealt yet another blow to their season with the loss of defenseman Jack Sill, who signed a two-year deal with the team on Monday, the team announced.
Skille had spent the past two seasons in Anaheim after playing his entire career with the Anaheim Ducks of the Western Hockey League, where he appeared in 1,943 regular-season games and a Stanley Cup Playoff game with the club in 2014-15.
The 27-year-old had a career-high 28 goals and 45 assists in 82 games with Anaheim last season.
Skilles last played for the Ducks on Dec. 22, 2015, when he was recalled to replace veteran center Ryan Getzlaf and was assigned to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies.
Skilles has appeared in eight games with the Grizzlies this season.
“Jack has been one of our better players the last few years and we were hoping that he would be able to step into that role in Anaheim,” Ducks head trainer Bill Petti said in a statement.
“We’re very disappointed to see Jack move on and miss the playoffs this season, but we understand the circumstances.”
Skille played more than 5,500 minutes in his career with four goals and 18 assists in 74 games last season with Anaheim, which finished first in the Pacific Division.
He had five goals and eight assists in 32 playoff games.
The Ducks lost two in a row and have dropped five of their past six games.
They have the league’s second-worst goal differential at minus-1.9, trailing the Calgary Flames (minus-4.6) by 1.5.
The Flames are 1-1-0 and hold a three-game lead over Anaheim in the race for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
The Ducks and Flames will play in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.