Ducks invite Yip to training camp for tryout
The Anaheim Ducks released their 2014 training camp roster on Wednesday, revealing two tryout invites: forward Brandon Yip (pictured) and defenseman Brendan Bell.
Yip, 29, only managed to play two games with the then-Phoenix Coyotes last season. He spent most of his time with the AHL’s Portland Pirates, collecting 87 penalty minutes while generating 34 points in 66 games.
One could probably label Yip an “energy” forward, as he’s not a great scorer and his possession stats leave plenty to be desired. Still, he’s done quite well considering the fact that he was an eight-round pick (239th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2004).
Bell, 31, hasn’t seen NHL action since he managed a single game with the New York Rangers back in 2011-12. He managed 102 scattered NHL games so far between the Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators.
Bell spent last season in Switzerland with Biel, scoring 17 points in 42 games.
One would imagine both players are more likely to earn two-way or even AHL contracts, but you never know (especially with Yip).