It was reported on Friday that the Avalanche had placed defenseman Kyle Cumiskey on waivers. It was announced during the Avalanche game on Saturday night that the defenseman had cleared waivers and was subsequently traded to the Anaheim Ducks. The Avalanche received minor league defenseman Jake Newton and a conditional draft pick.
Ducks beat writer, Eric Stephens tweeted the following:
Cumiskey will need to take a physical on Monday. Seventh-rounder in 2013 turns into 2012 fifth-rounder if he plays 45 or more games w/Ducks.
The handling of Kyle Cumiskey this off-season was a curious one. The defensemen remained unsigned for the majority of the off-season and then suffered an injury during camp. Why was Cumiskey expendable? The Avs changed their philosphy opting for a bigger more rugged defense with the additions of Jan Hejda and Shane O'Brien during the off-season. Plus, prospects Tyson Barrie and Stefan Elliott have suplanted him on the depth chart.
Cumiskey no longer had a fit within the organization. In Jake Newton, the Avs have a defenseman who will be a solid addition to the Lake Erie Monsters. Despite his blazing speed, Cumiskey was a frustrating player to watch. A fresh start with a new organization may be what he needs.
The Ducks originally signed Jake Newton as an undrafted free agent in March of 2010. Newton is in the second year of a three year entry level contract. Newton was signed out of Northeastern (Hockey East) and had nine goals and 13 assists in 36 games during the 2009-10 season. In his first pro season with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL), the defenseman produced two goals and seven assists in 48 games.