Saturday was my last day in Nashville as I wanted to stay the extra day outside of the 2017 Nashville Predators Rookie Development Camp because the following day was the start of NHL Free Agency. My night ended with the news that the Nashville Predators had signed former Rockford IceHogs forward Pierre-Cédric Labrie. I then spent the entire Sunday driving back to Wisconsin and, in doing so, completely dropped the ball on this news: Mike Liambas was signed by the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year, two-way contract.
This ends Liambas’ second spell in the organization and comes after a season in which he made it to the Nashville Predators where he played his first career NHL game and was also named the PHPA’s Built Tough Award. Liambas played 213 career games with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL while also contributing 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists). His 648 career penalty minutes is second in Admirals’ AHL history to only Kelsey Wilson‘s 699 career penalty minutes. Liambas’ has also worn the “A” during his time in Milwaukee as voted by his teammates for his great leadership skills.
The AHL’s 2017-18 schedule has yet to officially drop but should the San Diego Gulls lock up against the Admirals this season it would not be Liambas’ first spell playing against his former team. Liambas signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year, two-way contract during the Summer of 2015 and played with the Rockford IceHogs. Liambas played in 6 games against the Admirals during the 2015-16 season, didn’t score a point, had 21 penalty minutes stemming mostly from 3 fighting majors, and a plus/minus rating of +1.
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