As training camps across the NHL opened Friday, David Jones was a name that hadn’t yet been given a contract or attached to a team on a tryout (PTO). By the afternoon it had been revealed that he is joining the Anaheim Ducks on a PTO.
David Jones here on a PTO. Brief stint with the Wild last season.
— Curtis Zupke (@curtiszupke) September 23, 2016
The 32-year-old wing topped off a four-year deal with a $4 million AAV last season, getting traded from the Calgary Flames to the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline. All told, he posted 11 goals and seven assists through 75 games.
He wasn’t able to make much of an impact in Minnesota, putting up just three points in 16 regular season contests and only one assist in six postseason games. A former 27-goal scorer, he’s a physical presence who has had solid offensive seasons in the past and seems a bit like the kind of fourth-line player that Randy Carlyle has previously favored.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.