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3/25/15: The Anaheim Ducks are now on cruise control and are eyeing up the President's Trophy for the best record in the regular season. The trophy itself is big and nice, but it would also mean that the Ducks would be guaranteed home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Montreal Canadiens are the closest threat right now, with the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators all in the mix. If nothing else, the Ducks will easily win the Pacific Division, and that may set up a first round matchup against the rival Los Angeles Kings.
3/18/15: Whoever won the Anaheim Ducks game against the Nashville Predators was going to take the top spot in the Western Conference (at least for now). Fortunately for the Ducks, they rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to win 4-2. Anaheim is tied with the New York Rangers for the most points in the NHL, though the Rangers have three games in hand still. Speaking of the Rangers, Anaheim visits them on Sunday for major showdown. Prior to that, the Ducks host the L.A. Kings on Wednesday and the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. In any case, this will be a great finish to a great regular season.
3/11/15: Suddenly, the Anaheim Ducks are back in the running for the President's Trophy, awarded to the NHL team with the best regular season record - which also mean having home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks had been slumping for a couple of weeks, though not enough to endanger their insurmountable lead in the Pacific Division. But enough to get passed by Nashville and Montreal. The Predators are now struggling while the Ducks - thanks in large part to the improved play of goalie John Gibson - have retaken the best record in the NHL. Even better - they did it by knocking off the Canadiens 3-1.
3/4/15: It is hard to feel sorry for the Anaheim Ducks or even acknowledge that they are in a slump when they still have a double digit lead in the standings of the Pacific Division. But the Ducks have not been very Duck-like for the past few weeks and are only 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. Captain Ryan Getzlaf thinks the team has not played with much emotion recently, which may actually be due to getting comfortable with their huge lead. The Ducks are the one team that can get comfortable and still be okay, but will need to pick up the intensity over the next month to be ready for the playoffs.
2/25/15: The Anaheim Ducks are missing their top goaltender and it has shown in the past couple of weeks. There is no need for panic by any means. Anaheim is still miles ahead of the rest of the Pacific Division and there is little reason to think they will be caught. Backup goalie John Gibson lost four straight games and the team waived Ilya Bryzgalov, who joined the Ducks two months ago on a tryout basis. Good news may be coming though, as starting goalie Frederik Andersen - who has played at an All-Star level - may be coming back this week.
2/18/15: The Anaheim Ducks were forced to put goaltender Frederik Andersen on the injured reserve list last week after a freak accident. The goal he was defending was tipped forward and fell on Andersen's upper body. It was a strange play that is rare in any level of hockey. The Ducks recalled goaltender John Gibson from AHL Norfolk to take Andersen's place. Andersen is having a great season and proving the Ducks right in getting rid of established veterans last offseason. He was overlooked for the All Star Game this season, but should get there in the future.
2/11/15: Anaheim faced off with the Nashville Predators last week for the top record in the NHL. Nashville was welcoming back their star goaltender Pekka Rinne, who had missed eight games with an injury. The Ducks were not so welcoming, and buried the Preds 5-1. The Ducks are getting production from new sources this season, including forward Matt Belesky. He set new career highs in goals with 20 so far this year. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, but wants to stay in Anaheim. The team and player continue discussions, but this will likely come down to money, as it usually does.
2/5/15: The Anaheim Ducks have built up enough of a lead in the Pacific Division that dropping two in a row, including a testy game against the San Jose Sharks, does not matter too much. With less than half of the season remaining, the Ducks have an insurmountable 12 point lead in the Pacific. The only thing that is really surprising is that, while they are 20 games over .500, they only have a +13 goal differential. Anaheim will take their league-leading act on the road this week: at Nashville on Thursday, at Washington on Friday, at Tampa on Sunday and at Florida on Tuesday.
1/28/15: There is nothing like padding a lead. Anaheim entered the All Star break with a commanding lead in the Pacific Division and pretty much scoffs at the notion that the division has lost a little bit of something. The Ducks are a lead leading 31-10-6 for 68 points and lead the division by a huge 12 points. Anaheim is a healthy +15 in goal differential on the season and went into the break with five straight wins. It is hard to imagine that the Ducks do not make the playoffs this season, so it is more about being perfectly prepared for the postseason at this point.
1/21/15: The Anaheim Ducks, more than any other team in the NHL, took advantage of the first half of the season and has built up a 12 point lead in Pacific Division. It does not matter if they are at home or away, they tend not to lose often. The Ducks spoiled a special night for the LA Kings last week when they took down their metro area rival after the Kings retired Rob Blake's number. Anaheim has played a few more games at home than on the road, so their schedule after the All-Star Game will skew toward more road trips. At the same time, they have built up such a lead in the division that it may not matter.
1/14/15: It has been talked about for a long time, and finally occurred last Sunday. The Anaheim Ducks retired Teemu Selanne's famed number 8 before their game against the Winnipeg Jets. Selanne was drafted by the original Winnipeg Jets and put up 76 goals in his rookie year. Then he made his way to Anaheim, where he played the majority of his career before retiring after last season. Teemu is likely a first round hall of famer when the time comes. Incidentally, the Ducks rallied to beat the Jets 5-4 in overtime and extend their lead in the Pacific Division.
1/7/15: The Anaheim Ducks raised a few eyebrows from the league when it was discovered that they had a team skate (practice) during the Christmas Break. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the organization cannot have practices during specified breaks. It is, however, legal for the players to organize and run a practice on their own. The Ducks claim that team captain Ryan Getzlaf organized the practice, and the league agrees - so there will be no sanctions. It is not like the Ducks need it, though. They are currently at the top of the Pacific Division by a large margin.
12/3/14: The Anaheim Ducks are proving everyone wrong so far and are winning with 'the kids' in net. A few years ago, the Ducks had the deepest goaltending roster in the NHL with Jonas Hiller, Viktor Fasth, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson. They let Hiller and Fasth go and rolled the dice with the two inexperienced goalies this season. And it has paid off. Anaheim is tied for the Pacific Division lead with Vancouver with a solid 14-6-5 record (33 points). And it doesn't matter if they are home or away, they have won seven times and lost only three times in both scenarios.
11/19/14: The Anaheim Ducks, like the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild, were hit with a case of the mumps. Both Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin contracted the illness and missed time. Fortunately, both are cleared of the virus and back on the ice. Perry played his first game back over last weekend, but it was not enough as the Ducks fell 2-0 to the visiting Florida Panthers. He is still a bit sluggish and it may take a few days to get his skating legs back. Anaheim is still in first place in the Pacific Division, but only managed four points over the past six games and Vancouver is creeping closer.
11/12/14: The Anaheim Ducks suffer a loss here and there, but are bye and large winning their games. Through 15 games of the season, they are an impressive 10-3-2. That is good for 22 points and most in the NHL. The Ducks are doing it with defense this season. They have allowed only 30 goals, which is just a 2.0 goals against average. It seems that any ideal of a split goaltending committee is gone, as Jonas Hiller has grabbed the reigns. Anaheim has a home and home series with the L.A. Kings this week on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.
11/5/14: It had to end sometime, but at least the Ducks fell to a quality team in San Jose rather than a Buffalo or Carolina. That ended the Ducks win streak at seven games. The Ducks responded well from that loss to beat Chicago in Chicago, but then fell again to St. Louis - another quality team. But thanks to that prolonged win streak, Anaheim still finds itself in first place in the Pacific Division, Western Conference and even the entire league. Anaheim has a great home stand this week with games against the New York Islanders, Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks.
10/29/14: It was not too long ago that there was tension between forward Corey Perry and the Anaheim Ducks. Maybe that tension is still there. Only they really know. What we know is that Perry is playing some of the best hockey of his life. Last week, Perry recorded his second hat trick of the season - and the season is less than 10 games old. The three-pack came against Buffalo as Perry improved his stats to eight goals in seven games and the Ducks improved to 6-1 on the season. The only downside, if there is one, is that the Ducks allowed the Sabres to score a goal in the 4-1 win - Buffalo's first goal in 197 minutes.
10/22/14: Speculation is running wild that the NFL will return to Los Angeles soon, and the St. Louis Rams are at the top of that list. The Rams actually last played in Anaheim which leads to the next interesting item. Rams' wide receiver Austin Pettis has a tattoo on the back of his neck with the Anaheim Ducks logo. Pettis grew up in Anaheim and is a lifelong Ducks fan. That may disappoint some Rams and Blues fans, but give him credit for staying true to his roots. The Ducks themselves are off to a good start, winning three in a row after dropping the season opener.
10/15/14: Anaheim did not get the season started the right way, with a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins are among the better teams in the Eastern Conference, and that should count for something, but to surrender six goals in a game is an awful lot. If there is a bright spot, it is that the Ducks scored three power play goals and erased a 3-0 deficit during the game. Last season, the West was simply dominant over the East, but considering the Penguins and New York Rangers beat the Ducks and St. Louis Blues, respectively, maybe the top teams in the East are catching up to the West.
10/8/14: The Anaheim Ducks may be one of the elite teams in the Western Conference again this season, but they are dealing with some internal strife. Former star Teemu Selanne released a tell-all book last month (in Finland) and had some criticism for Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, as well as captain Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf is not happy about the comments that he did not lobby for Selanne to get more ice time - Getzlaf claimed he did. In any case, Selanne is retired, unless he is going to play in Europe, so there will not be the daily awkwardness about the situation. At least until the night they retire Selanne's number in January.
10/1/14: The sports news cycle is 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. That means that they need content to fill the sports pages. So, of course, there are way-too-early odds on the NHL MVP. It does not matter that no regular season games have been played yet. This season, the odds makers have pegged Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks) as the favorites to win the award. Getzlaf is certainly a unique talent and an interesting choice. However, more important is winning the Stanley Cup rather than individual awards.
9/24/14: If something is wrong, then fix it. Of course, many may argue that there was nothing wrong with the Anaheim Ducks goaltending situation, but they decided to fix it anyway. Going into training camp, the Ducks are expected to go with John Gibson (21 years old) and Frederik Andersen (24 years old) as their rostered goalies. That means no more Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth. All in all, they just need their netminders to do a steady job, as their offense is still pretty potent and their defense is among the better units in the NHL.
9/17/14: There is no denying that the Western Conference of the NHL is the superior conference, and, quite frankly, there are probably six to eight teams that have the talent to not just make the playoffs, but win the Stanley Cup. Certainly, the Anaheim Ducks are one of those elite teams. GM Bruce Boudreau has done a nice job of assembling players to win in the West. Now he has been rewarded for his efforts. He got his contract extension, guaranteeing that he will be in charge through 2016-17 - or at least get a nice buyout if the Ducks decide to fire him.
8/28/14: Some potentially good news for fans of the Anaheim Ducks and professional hockey in general in the Western half of North America. The top minor league, the American Hockey League (AHL) could begin migrating west as soon as the 2015-16 season. Currently, several Western Conference teams have their minor league affiliates on the East Coast, causing logistical problems with promotions and demotions. Reportedly, Anaheim would purchase an AHL team (following a recent trend around the league) and move it to San Diego, California. And how great would it be to have quality hockey in a lovely city like San Diego?
8/21/14: The oddly placed 'F' is 'Finally'. The Anaheim Ducks finally announced that they have come to an agreement with forward Jakob Silfverberg. The deal is for one season at $850,000, and provides a bit of depth. Silfverberg was a restricted free agent, so this was just a matter of time. He scored 10 goals for the Ducks last season and added another 13 assists in 53 games. He was also a key contributor to Team Sweden in the Olympics last February, helping them win the silver (silfver?) medal. He is a good role player and the kind that every team needs to advance in the NHL playoffs.
8/7/14: The Ducks have not been in existence for very long, especially compared to teams like the Montreal Candiens or Toronto Maple Leafs. That being said, the Ducks have a Stanley Cup under their belt (looking at you, St. Louis) and have had a number of star players pass through their system. But none is greater than Teemu Selanne. The team plans to retire his number 8 jersey on January 11, 2015 in a game against the Winnipeg Jets. The original Jets drafted him. Of course, a Finnish team is trying to get him to play one more season, so he may not be available.
7/31/14: The Western Conference has clearly pulled ahead of their counterparts in the East over the past few years. The elite teams in the West mostly have a similar build - quality goaltending, big and powerful forwards, and multiple solid defensive pairings. The Ducks have had some of the better bluelines over the past few years and they are trying to maintain that strength into the future. Anaheim signed 23 year old Sami Vatanen to a two year deal. He ranked fifth in goals and fourth in points per game among NHL rookie defensemen last season, and appears to have a bright future with one of the better franchises in the NHL.
7/24/14: The Ducks are taking a big risk next season in net. They have let their two starting goalies from the beginning of last season go and seem confident in a youth movement with Frederik Andersen and John Gibson. Gibson will be a rookie, though he played three regular season games and four more in the playoffs. He spent most of last season with the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL with a respectable 2.34 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The Ducks like him and he may earn the starters job out of training camp.
7/17/14: The Western Conference continues evolve into the legitimate contending teams and the lower class. The Ducks are doing their part to stay in the former group and signed forward Dany Heatly to a one year deal for $1 million. Heatly is not the prime offensive weapon that he was earlier in his career - he only had 12 goals in 76 games with the Wild last season. But he is a two time 50 goal scorer and a more open offensive system will suit him better. It is a good move by the Ducks and should help them stay among the elite teams in both the West and the entire NHL.
7/10/14: The Ducks do not have a lot of holes to fill this offseason. The team had the most points of any Western Conference team last season and was second only the Boston Bruins. Of course, they were eliminated in the playoffs in the second round by regional rival Los Angeles, who went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Ducks allowed goaltender Jonas Hiller to leave via free agency, and he quickly signed with the Calgary Flames. Anaheim then veteran journeyman back up goalie Jason LaBarbera to a one year contract for $750,000. With that taken care of, it looks like the starter's job will go to Frederik Andersen.
7/3/14: The Ducks finally got their man in former Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler. Kesler has been trying get out of Vancouver for a while now and the Ducks have coveted him for years. Last Friday, the two teams finally made the deal happen. Kessler and Vancouver's third round pick are going to Anaheim. In return, the Ducks sent off Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, as well as their first and third round picks in the NHL draft. On paper, it looks like the Ducks won this negotiation, which tends to happen when players (like Kesler) have No-Trade clauses in their contract.
6/26/14: The Anaheim Ducks were the best team in the Western Conference during the regular season and cruised through the first round of the playoffs against the Dallas Stars. Then they ran into the buzzsaw that is the LA Kings in the second round. The Ducks took the eventual Stanley Cup Champs to seven games before falling. GM Bob Murray now says that the biggest difference between the teams is a defenseman like Drew Doughty of the Kings. Doughty has developed into one of the best blueliners in the league. He can score and defend and play a lot of minutes. That, Murray says, is what the Ducks need.
6/19/14: Anaheim has made the first move in the new offseason by trading for Louis Leblanc from the Montreal Canadiens. Leblanc was a first round pick of the Habs in 2009 and is a hometown guy. He did not do much in Montreal's organization, only registering five goals and five assists in the 2011-12 season. Most of the time, he was struggling in the minors with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Perhaps a change of scenery and not having the pressure of being a hometowner will help him out. He has loads of potential and perhaps the Ducks can capitalize on that with this low risk trade.
6/12/14: The Anaheim Ducks are likely to keep most of their team in tact next season. While many believe they should blow up the team and start over since they were eliminated in the second round by the LA Kings (who are now playing for Stanley Cup), that would be simplistic and shortsighted. Anaheim did have the best record in ultra-competitive Western Conference and has the talent to win a Cup. They may want to add to their stock though, and that (of course) includes acquiring Ryan Kessler from the Canucks. Kessler wants out, so maybe there is a deal to be made.
6/6/14: The Anaheim Ducks were unceremoniously dumped by the L.A. Kings in the second round of the playoffs, and early exits almost always mean some sort of tweaking or addition to the lineup. That leads many to believe that the Ducks will pursue the Canucks' Ryan Kesler, again. The Ducks have the assets to make a trade and Vancouver has a new GM who is not married to Kesler. Of course, there are two big obstacles: 1) Vancouver shares a division with the Ducks and intra-division trades are rare, and 2) Kesler has a no-trade clause. It is just speculation now, but could happen before the NHL draft.
5/29/14: The Anaheim Ducks front office got a nice bit of recognition from the NHL last week as General Manager Bob Murray was nominated for General Manager of the year, along with Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings) and Marc Bergevin (Montreal Candeins). Murray is the only finalist whose team is not in the conference finals this season. In other news, it looks unlikely that the Ducks will bring in goaltender Ryan Miller, as the team looks to be going with lower priced youth rather than a very expensive veteran. Miller has been the subject of speculation because his wife is an actress in Los Angeles.
5/22/14: It is the end of the line for the Anaheim Ducks this season, but equally important is it is the end of a wonderful, 21 year NHL career for Teemu Selanne. Anaheim fought back from a 2-0 series deficit and even led the series 3-2 but were forced into a deciding Game 7 against the cross-town L.A. Kings. Despite the fact that the Ducks dominated the Kings in the regular season, they had no answer in the final game and were unceremoniously eliminated 6-2 at home. Selanne is the greatest Finnish player ever and can still play in his mid-40's, but it is time for him to be with his family. Good luck to Teemu in whatever he decides to do next.
5/15/14: Where has this guy been? After dropping the first two games of their second round series to the L.A. Kings (and losing at home, no less), and being down 2-1 overall, the Ducks inserted 20 year old rookie goalie Josh Gibson into a pivotal game 4. At the time, he had three games of NHL experience. He proceeded to pull a 28-save shutout and tie up the series. He was almost as good in game 5, allowing only one goal. Of all things, this may be good news for the St. Louis Blues, who are looking to keep Ryan Miller. The Ducks may have their goalie of the future on hand already, keeping Miller away from Anaheim.
5/8/14: Anaheim had to wait for their opponent in the second round to catch up with them. They, like everyone else, expected it to be the San Jose Sharks, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the series. However, the L.A. Kings pulled off the ultra-rare 0-3 comeback and won the series in seven games. Now the Ducks and Kings are battling it out to see who will play in the Western Conference Finals. One interesting note, in the 20 years that both teams have been in existence (L.A. goes back much longer), this is the first time these two teams have faced each other in the playoffs.
5/1/14: It took perhaps a game longer than expected, but the Anaheim Ducks finished off the Dallas Stars in the first round of the playoffs, winning the series 4-2. Anaheim won the first two games of the series at home, but Dallas battle back to tie it up by taking their first two in Dallas. Anaheim dug back in, however with a Game 5 win, then ended the series in dramatic fashion on the road. The Ducks were down 4-2 heading into the third period. They were able to tie the game and send it into overtime, where Nick Bonino scored the game and series winner. Give Dallas credit though. The last team into the playoffs gave the Ducks all they could handle.
4/24/14: From now on, any commercial or reference to being a manly man should cite Anaheim Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf out of sheer respect. Just look at his week as the Ducks opened their playoff series against the Dallas Stars. In game 1, Getzlaf took a puck to the face which required dozens of stitches and a huge bruise. His wife then gave birth to a daughter. Then he was back on the ice for game 2 and scored the game winning goal. Players in other sports may have taken a month off from the initial injury, but Getzlaf was right back at it two days later, and is a new father. Respect, Mr. Getlzaf. Respect.
4/17/14: Congratulations goes out to the Anaheim Ducks for clinching the Pacific Division crown last week. By doing so, they assured themselves that they will not be playing another California team in the first round, as San Jose will face the L.A. Kings. The Ducks have had a remarkable season, but will not own the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the regular season. That honor was earned by the Boston Bruins, who will have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Assuming the Ducks win their first round matchup, they will play the winner of the Sharks and Kings series.
4/10/14: Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks have still not decided who will be first and who will be second in the Pacific Division. This week, the Ducks have the one point edge in the standings, as well as owning one game in hand over the Sharks. That would seem to favor Anaheim, but this rivalry has gone back and forth all year, so it is really anyone's guess at this point. Whoever finishes second in the Pacific will face the L.A. Kings. That is not a bad thing for the Ducks, as they have dominated their metro area rivals all season.
4/3/14: The Anaheim Ducks secured their playoff invitation last week, as expected, and can now turn their attention to catching the San Jose Sharks for the best record in the Pacific Division and possibly the St. Louis Blues for the best in the Western Conference. The even have a shot at the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the NHL. Looking beyond the regular season, they may try to sign Blues goalie Ryan Miller in the offseason. Current netminder Jonas Hiller's contract is up in the summer and Miller may want to be in the L.A. area where his wife is an actress.
3/27/14: Anaheim has certainly lost a lot of momentum in the last six weeks, but they will make the playoffs. Despite going 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and ceding first place to the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division in the process, the Ducks should have a strong playoff seed. Currently, they are four back of Western Conference leader, St. Louis and two back of San Jose. They do have a game in hand over the Sharks, and that may come into play as the regular season winds down. In any case, the West is ultra-competitive this season, but the Ducks are certainly a team that could ultimately win the conference crown.
3/20/14: Another cross-metro game, another win for the Ducks. Anaheim continues to solidify their place as the best team in the Pacific Division - as well as gun for the President's Trophy for the best record in the league - by beating up on the Los Angeles Kings. It does not seem to matter where they play - in Anaheim, in the Staples Center, at Dodger Stadium - the Ducks have come out on top in all four games. They will play each other once more in the regular season. There is also a good chance that these two teams will meet up in the playoffs at some point, which always makes for good theater.
3/13/14: The Anaheim Ducks were active as like other teams were at the trade deadline - of course, when you have the best team in the league in terms of points and are a very legitimate Stanley Cup contender, you should not have many holes to fill. The Ducks sent goalie Viktor Fasth to Edmonton in exchange for a fifth round pick in the June draft (yet another goalie move by the Oilers). The bigger news was that they shipped out Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals for a fourth round pick in June. Last, they acquired Stephane Robidas from Dallas for a fourth rounder. The theme here is that they have few holes and can trade assets for the future without disrupting the current roster.
3/6/14: Not that they would, but the Ducks can just coast into the NHL playoffs at this point. Through 62 games, the Ducks have 43 wins and 91 points, which leads the NHL. They have a seven point advantage in the Pacific Division over the San Jose Sharks. They also have a five point lead over both the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks for the best record in the Western Conference and the President's Trophy for the best record in the league. Bear in mind that regular season success often does not equate to playoff success. Indeed, the Vancouver Canucks were elite regular season teams the past few years and were promptly eliminated in the first round on consecutive occasions.
2/27/14: Congratulations to Teemu Selanne and the Finnish Olympic hockey team for bringing home the bronze medal. While everyone would like to go out with a gold, Telanne ends his Olympic career with a stylish finish. Selanne netted two goals in his last game, a 5-0 win over Team USA for the bronze medal. He has been playing for Team Finland for 26 years, longer than many Olympians have even been alive. He has played a big part in Finland winning four medals since 1998, more than any other country, with 24 goals and 43 points in 37 Olympic games. Congratulations Teemu, you deserved a storybook ending.
2/20/14: As the Olympic hockey tournament rolls on, several new faces are appearing on the international scene, such as the new U.S. hockey legend T.J. Oshie (St. Louis Blues) who scored on four of six penalty shots when the Americans beat Russia over the weekend. Then there are older legends like the Ducks' Teemu Selanne. Selanne is again playing for Finland, who lost a tough 2-1 game to Canada. But Selanne is taking the positive out of the game, insisting that the Finns can play with anyone. Taking Canada to overtime certainly shows that, so the Finns are certainly not out of the tournament yet.
2/13/14: NHL legend and future hall of famer Teemu Selanne did not play in the Ducks final game before the Olympic break. No, he was not hurt, but at 43 years old, he only has so much more hockey life in him. Selanne will play for Finland in the Olympics, and he and the team have worked out schedules of when he plays or not. That is a classy gesture by the Ducks - taking a star player out of the line-up so he can play in one more Olympics. Selanne has earned this kind of respect over the years, and has taken off the second of back to back games throughout the year.
2/6/14: When you lose a few games, it is normal to start pressing and even panicking. But that is not the Ducks' style. True, they have dropped a couple games to the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets, but the Ducks remain firmly in control of the Pacific Division. Anaheim is in absolutely no danger of missing the playoffs, and it seems highly unlikely that San Jose or someone else would be able to dethrone them from the top of the division over the next couple of months. Instead, it is about time for the Ducks (and the NHL) to take a little break for the Olympics, then come back strong for the home stretch.
1/30/14: The Winter Classic Game that the NHL stages every year is great. It generally pits two popular teams in a historic venue for an outdoor game. Sites like Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and the Big House at the University of Michigan have been used. The NHL is expanding that to other venues and had a game between the Ducks and L.A. Kings at Dodger Stadium. The Ducks won 3-0 and goalie Jonas Hiller was outstanding. But the real heroes of the event, which hosted 50,000+, was the ice crew that pulled it all together. That means we can all look forward to more outdoor games in warm weather.
1/23/14: The Ducks are the best team in the NHL right now and took care of business in St. Louis on Saturday. But they may play in the most unique game of the NHL season this Saturday. The Ducks are set to square off against in-town rival Los Angeles Kings on January 25th. Nothing unusual about that, except they are playing outdoors, in Southern California, at Dodger Stadium. Playing outdoor games has been en vogue for a number of years, but always in cold weather cities. Playing in sunny California is quite another matter. The game will be at night, and will be a very interesting game to see.
1/16/14: Anaheim remains red hot and has taken over the top spot in both the Westen Conference and the entire NHL. The Ducks won their sixth consecutive game. Meanwhile, goaltender Jonas Hiller improved his personal winning streak to 13 games. Anaheim is the only team that is unbeaten at home, and is positioning themselves as the team to beat come playoff time. If there is an area of concern, it is forward Ryan Getzlaf. He has a lower body injury, believed to have been sustained while blocking a shot. The x-rays and scans were negative, but the team may hold him out a few days so he gets totally healthy.
1/9/14: The name Ben Lovejoy is not a household name. He is a stay-at-home defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks and does not get a lot of goals. He tripled his season output last week against the Oilers, scoring twice in the second period. That was a franchise record for Ducks - most goals in a period by a defenseman. Both goals were the same. The winger brought in the puck on the right side and fed the trailing Lovejoy. Lovejoy one-timed both passes past the Oilers goalie and the Ducks got the win. This type of effort should scare the rest of the league. It shows the Ducks can still score and win when their best offensive weapons are out of the game.
1/2/14: There is a lot of good hockey being played in Southern California these days - probably the best in the entire NHL. The Kings have lost only three times in December while the Ducks have a ten game unbeaten streak of the their own. Anaheim is putting distance between themselves and everyone else. Their lead on second place San Jose is now at seven points and the Ducks are tied with the Blackhawks for most points overall with 61. Anaheim also has a game in hand against Chicago, and that could be a factor later on in the season as both teams try to win the President's Trophy for most points in the regular season.
12/26/13: Teemu Selanne has been pushing off retirement for several years now, but it looks like this will be his last season playing in the NHL. At 43, the future hall of famer deserves the rest if he wants it. It looks like he wants it now as he does not hesitate to tell inquiring minds that he is not coming back next year. Selanne wants the Stanley Cup in his final year. The Ducks are in fight with the Chicago Blackhawks for the best record in the Western Conference. San Jose and St. Louis are still lurking as well. Anaheim will make the playoffs and should be able to make a run this season.
12/19/13: This could be bad news for the rest of the league, especially to the other teams in the Pacific Division. The Anaheim Ducks are returning to health. The Ducks are already on top of the Pacific Division and second overall in the ultra-competitive Western Conference (Chicago is first overall). Forward Jakob Silfverberg has been out since October but should be back by Christmas. Defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Mark Fristik as well as center Mathieu Perreault are slated to return soon as well. With four key players coming back to the roster, the Ducks look like they are going to get stronger as the year moves on.
12/12/13: The Anaheim Ducks continue to push forward through one of their toughest stretches of the regular season. In successive games, on the road no less, the Ducks beat the best two teams in the Central Division - the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. Anaheim took down the Hawks in a shootout to hand them their third straight loss, then followed it up by going up on the Blues early and holding on to a big win. The Ducks are starting to put some room between themselves and the rest of the division and really look like a strong contender this season.
12/5/13: Goaltender Jonas Hiller may be traded this year, and that is fair speculation. However, he did nothing to help his trade value when he gave up not one, not two, but three goals in less than one minute. The Ducks were battling the Dallas Stars in a good game before the Stars fourth line (yes, fourth line) came to life and lit up Hiller. The Stars won 6-3 and put themselves back in the mix. Meanwhile, the Ducks gave away a good chance to get ahead of San Jose, as those two California teams battle it out for Pacific Division supremacy.
11/28/13: The Anaheim Ducks are trying to weather the injury storm as defenseman Francois Beauchemin is out with an upper body injury. The Ducks recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from their AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals for the time being. New acquisition Tim Jackman will also make his team debut this week, and he can be a guy that will mix it up with opposing defensemen. The Ducks and San Jose Sharks are trading punches, figuratively, in the battle for first place in the Pacific Division. They are both aware of the high level of competition in the Western Conference, as eight teams now have 32 or 33 points, and only eight teams make the playoffs.
11/21/13: As well as things have been going for Anaheim this season, they may have a tough time over the next week. This is not a case of going against better competition or even league-mandated repurcussions. This may be worse. It is the flu and it seems to have affected several members of the Ducks. In the morning skate after the Ducks' game against Tampa, Francois Beauchemin and Corey Perry made brief appearances while Teemu Selanne, Mathieu Perrault, and Bryan Allen stayed in bed. While this is not good news, at least it is only temporary. All will bounce back and get the Ducks back to the top of the Pacific.
11/14/13: The San Jose Sharks started out as one of the hottest teams in the league and earned a lot of recognition for that. Move over San Jose, Anaheim is now the best team in California. The Ducks have won five straight games and are getting help from all over their roster. Recently they beat the Vancouver Canucks and that was without star Ryan Getzlaf. They now lead the NHL with 31 points, which is three more than Colorado. After missing the playoffs in the 2011-12 season, the Ducks have shown a lot of resiliency by making the playoffs last season and are on their way this time around.
11/7/13: Anaheim is enjoying another solide season and sits in second place in the Pacific division behind the San Jose Sharks. They will need to dig in and have a few guys step up now, as Teemu Selanne is out for two weeks from oral surgery. Selanne was injured on a high-stick from Luke Schenn during a win over Philadelphia last week. Selanne's injury required 40 stitches to his mouth and he lost several teeth. He will miss his farewell stops in Boston and Buffalo, and the team hopes that he can return when they take a roadtrip to the Southeast to play Florida, Tampa, and Carolina.
10/31/13: The Ducks have started off the season relatively strongly with eight wins in their first 11 games. The downside is they have already been bitten by the injury bug. Jakob Silfverbergh, Victor Fasth, Dustin Penner, and Mathieu Perrault are some of the more prominent names on the injured list this week. Silfverberg is out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand and Penner is day to day and looks to join back up with the team in Columbus later in the week. The Ducks can whether the storm in the short term, but they have to avoid the big injuries if they are going to continue to be a contender this season.
10/24/13: Ducks forward Teemu Selanne is 43 years old and playing in his 22nd (and probably last) NHL season. That means that he has spent over half of his life playing professional hockey on the highest level. He can still deliver too. His first goal of the season, with assists to Jakob Sifverberg and Mathieu Perreault, in the second period against Calgary ended up being the game winner. The win was the Ducks fifth in a row, allowing them to keep pace with the San Jose Sharks - who have gotten off to the hottest start of any team in the NHL this season.
10/17/13: The Ducks are off to a nice start to the season winning three of their first four games. So far, it does not look like the miss former forward Bobby Ryan. Ryan, as many recall, is a very talented offensive threat. He played for the Ducks for several years but is probably best known for trying to get out of Anaheim. He made mention during the 2012 All-Star Game that Philadelphia would be a nice fit for him. He did not get traded then or even last season. He was finally moved to Ottawa, but again, it does not look like the Ducks miss him. He makes his first trip back to Anaheim this week. It will be interesting to see if he is welcomed back or booed when he steps on the ice.
10/10/13: The Ducks visited Winnipeg in their opening week, which was a joyous homecoming for Teemu Selanne. Many may not remember, but Selanne was drafted and came up through the original Winnipeg Jets in the early 1990's. He played a few seasons with great stats, but was traded when the Jets moved to Phoenix. The Winnipeg welcomed him back with open arms in what will likely be his final return to Winnipeg. It is great to see the sportsmanship and memories win out over rivalries at times. Anaheim won the game and is looking to build upon last season's success and need wins against Western Conference teams.
10/3/13: Anaheim took a big step last season by finishing second in Western Conference in the regular season. Their playoff run was short-lived, however, as Detroit eliminated them in the first round. The team expects to build on that experience in the 2013-14 season. Forward Bobby Ryan is now gone, so he cannot be a distraction anymore, but the Ducks do return two thirds of their top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. It looks like he will be joined by Dustin Penner or Kyle Palmieri. One thing to look forward to: the Ducks will play the L.A. Kings at Dodger Stadium in January.
9/26/13: The Anaheim Ducks are picking up where they left off in the 2013 regular season, winning games. The Ducks earned their third preseason victory by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Friday. Ben Lovejoy (no relation to Reverend Timothy Lovejoy) scored 2:48 into overtime by firing a shot between Sharks' goalie Antti Niemi's legs. The win was costly though. Emerson Etem, who scored in the second period, collided with Raffi Torres and suffered a lower body injury. He returned briefly, but then left the game for good. It is still a good start for the Ducks, who are trying to claim Southern California as their own over the L.A. Kings.
9/19/13: This can be filed under "U" for unnecessary or unwarranted or un-understandable. The Ducks announced that they would throw a 'Throwback' night on October 13 against the Ottawa Senator. Throwback, in this case, does not mean throwing back Bobby Ryan jerseys. It is actually to celebrate the team's 20th anniversary. Anaheim will bring back retro jerseys (yes, the purple ones. Ugh) and reminisce about the time they were known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (and were among the worst teams in the league). Future hall of fame forward Teemu Selanne should not be subject to this in his farewell tour.
9/12/13: Now that the dust has settled and everyone knows that Teemu Selanne will return for one more year (a thought that was widely held throughout the league, regardless of what the Duck or Selanne said publicly), it is time to start figuring out where the Ducks will rank this year. The team finally traded away disgruntled winger Bobby Ryan. That leaves a bit of a void. Selanne - as great as he is - is not the man for this job. The Ducks really need a grinder in the corners who can put a few pucks in the net. Say, does anyone have Brendan Morrow's telephone number?
9/4/13: One more time - that is what they are saying in Anaheim. Future hall of famer Teemu Selanne has agreed to come back for one more season to try to win the Stanley Cup. His announcement was met with praise from rivals around the league, even from the rival L.A. Kings. Selanne is up there in years at 41, but still is one of the best forwards in the game. His return is good for both the Ducks, who need his skill and leadership, as well as for the league. It also gives teams the chance to say goodbye to him properly, and he deserves all the accolades that he receives.
8/29/13: The Anaheim Ducks path to repeating as Pacific Division champions just got a bit harder. Veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray injured his wrist and had surgery last month. He will be out for 4-6 months. Souray is key player on the powerplay, setting up the offense and offering a big shot from the point. Last season was his first in Anaheim, and he was solid with seven goals and 10 assists. He will be hard to replace in the short term, so the team will have to try to tread water until he returns, which would be December at the earliest.
8/22/13: As is custom this time of year, the Ducks are tyring to woo future hall of famer Teemu Selanne back for just one more season. The 43 year old recently met with Ducks GM Bob Murray to discuss a return. Most believe that Selanne would play for the Ducks or retire - that he has no interest in going any where else. Selanne's presence is always welcome in the Ducks' locker room, and the guy can still play. Unfortunately, there is no answer at this time. Selanne will likely take some time to decide if he still wants to play or not. Either way, he is a certain hall of famer who has provided great plays and class throughout his career.
8/15/13: As in past years, the Anaheim Ducks are keeping a roster spot open for future hall-of-famer Teemu Selane if he wants to return. Selane is in his 40's now and may opt for retirement. If he decides to return to the NHL, it will be with the Ducks. He is an unrestricted free agent, but the Ducks are the only place he will go. General manager Bob Murray recently stated that the team will welcome him back with open arms. They just want to be sure that he is 100% committed to play for another season. There is no timetable or rush for a decision, the roster spot will be there when Selane is ready.
8/8/13: The Anaheim Ducks returned to the playoffs this past season after a few years hiatus. The team finished the shortened regular season with the second best record in the Western Conference, but was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Detroit Red Wings - even after holding a 3-2 series lead going into Game 6. The biggest offseason news is trading away Bobby Ryan to Ottawa and signing Dustin Penner from the crosstown L.A. Kings. Most of the rest of the team will return for the 2013-14 season, though there has been no word yet if the ageless Teemu Selane will come back for another season.
8/1/13: The Ducks finally traded disgruntled forward Bobby Ryan a few weeks ago and signed Dustin Penner as free agent - formerly of the L.A. Kings. But there are still questions remaining. The Ducks and Kings tied for the top of the division last season, with the Ducks getting the tie breaker. Once again, the team is not trying to bring in new blood, but will depend upon their veterans to lead the charge. The window is closing for this team, but they still have another strong season ahead of them, and it will be fun to watch in the newly realigned conferences.
7/25/13: Forward Dustin Penner will not have far to move for his next gig. The free agent, formerly of the Los Angeles Kings, has signed a one year deal for $2 million with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks gave Penner, now 30 years old, his first shot in the NHL. He struggled last season, only scoring 2 goals and 12 points in 33 games. But the Ducks realize that he is a big power forward that can control the puck. That is needed in the Western Conference where the players keep getting bigger and puck control is at a premium. He should be a nice addition to a strong team that needs more grit in the corners.
7/18/13: Vancouver GM Mike Gillis is planning a face-to-face meeting with goaltender Roberto Luongo in Florida in the near future. Most people expected Luongo to be traded this offseason, but it was starter Cory Schnieder who was traded (to New Jersey) instead. Luongo has among the most crippling contracts in all of pro sports. He is signed through the 2021-2022 season, and no other team seems willing (and rightfully so) to take on his contract. Not that it is likely, but maybe Vancouver is hoping that he will retire from the NHL and go to Russia like Ilya Kovalchek did last week.
7/11/13: Anaheim finally traded team pest Bobby Ryan. Ryan, who is a very talented player, has been unhappy in Anaheim for years. Last year, at the draft, he publicly speculated that Philadelphia would be a good place for him. Well, he is not going to Philly. He is going to the Capital of Canada - Ottawa, Ontario. The Senators had an immediate need to replace their departed captain Daniel Alfredson after he went to the Red Wings in free agency (after 17 years with the team). In return, the Ducks get Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and the Senators' first round pick in 2014.
6/13/13: Congratulations are in order for Dwayne Roloson, who was announced as the Ducks new goaltending coach after legend Pete Peeters retired. Roloson lasted a long time in the NHL. He had a late revival in 2010-11 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, leading them to the Eastern Conference Finals. He could not match that performance the following season and eventually retired. Roloson comes into a good gig. He had been scouting goalies for the team, so he knows the personnel, and he will be working with two very good pros in Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth from the start.
5/16/13: It is hard to believe, but the Anaheim Ducks are out in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The Ducks had the second best record in the West and easily won the Pacific Division. They drew the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, who had the 7 seed. On paper, this should have gone only four or five games. But the Red Wings know how to play in the playoffs. The fierce series ended in Anaheim with a Detroit win in game seven. The only bright side is that the Ducks proved that they have the talent to compete in the West, and that was severely questioned after the team missed the playoffs last season.
2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Team - Anaheim DucksIt feels like the Anaheim Ducks never left the Stanley Cup contender club, but there have been some trying seasons for the once mighty Ducks since their first Stanley Cup title in 2007. However, the past couple of year have included the highlight play of captain Ryan Getzlaf and wingers Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan. Coming into this year, some analysts wondered what to make of the future of this franchise, as both Getzlaf and Perry's contracts were due to expire soon and management's vision going forward was a little ambiguous. Both players are now resigned to extensions and not - repeat, NOT - traded away. Pairing this offensive core with a solid veteran defenseman like Francois Beauchemin and accomplished rookie goalie Viktor Fasth, and the nucleus of continued success for the Anaheim Ducks is clear.
What's also clear is the potential of the Anaheim Ducks to pose the biggest challenge to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff's Western Conference bracket. While the Blackhawks had a remarkable run to start the season, the Ducks had a run of their own in the second half of the season to keep the No. 1 seed in question than many expected. Two late-seaons four-game losing streaks, however, allowed the Blackhawks to pull away and actually gave the division-rival Los Angeles Kings a narrow shot at the Pacific Division title. The Ducks held off that push, though, and will now take aim at a team such as the Minnesota Wild in the first round. Assuming the seeding holds, Anaheim would then look toward a matchup with the Northwest Division champion Vancouver Canucks, a team with whom they split two early season meetings and will meet once more in the regular season.
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The most likely matchup for the Ducks are the Minnesota Wild, who Anaheim is undefeated against this season. The other less-likely teams to be paired in the first round of the 2013 NHL PLayoffs all had winning records against the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim is guaranteed home ice advantage at the Honda Center for the first two round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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4/25/13: The Ducks have wrapped up the Pacific Division title and seem to be slotted for the second seed overall in the playoffs. Anaheim has had a remarkable turnaround from last season when they missed the playoffs completely. Now they are a focused veteran team that has put aside all the distractions (from disorderly conduct by the GM to not signing their best defensive prospect). Many wondered if keeping the core together this year was a good idea, but it looks like the Ducks know better than the rest of us as they await their first round opponent.
3/28/13: Anaheim is still dominating the Pacific Division, and are a full dozen points up on their nearest pursuer - the crosstown/region L.A. Kings. Somehow the team had a quirk in the schedule that had them hosting the Detroit Red Wings twice in three days - that is usually only in the playoffs. Worse yet for the Ducks is that the Red Wings won both games - handing Anaheim their first consecutive losses of the season. The Ducks still own the league's second best record at 225-5-4, good for 48 points, and trail only the Chicago Blackhawks by three points in the standings.
3/21/13: Anaheim still owns the second best record in the league, though no body is paying much attention to them. But they suffered a tough loss in overtime the rallying St. Loius Blues on the road on Saturday. The Blues had been without their entire second line for about a week, but got Alex Steen back on Thursday and rookie sensation Vladimir Tarasenko on Saturday. The Tarasenko appearance haunted the Ducks, as the young Russian gracefully fooled two defensemen and the goalie before sliding the puck to Chris Stewart for the game winning goal. The Ducks may have lost, but this team should go deep into the playoffs.
3/14/13: While Anaheim is on a roll and has the second best record in the Western Conference, winger Corey Perry has been suspended for four games for a late hit on Wild forward Jason Zucker. The Ducks are 19-3-3, good for 41 points and 11 points up the L.A. Kings in the Division. The Ducks also signed Ryan Getzlaf to an 8 year $66 million deal. With Chicago losing two in a row, the Ducks are in position to make a run for the best record and the number one seed in the playoffs. That scenario would have seemed unreasonable just a month ago, but the Ducks just are not slowing down for anyone at this point.
3/7/13: Anaheim continues on their torrid pace, but still gets no attention because of the Blackhawks. Chicago, of course, has not lost a game in regulation this season, earning at least one point in every game played - all 21 - which is an NHL record. The Ducks, though, are firing on all cylinders as well, posting a 15-3-3 record thus far and putting themselves eight points up over second place Phoenix in the Pacific Division. The Ducks rank first in the West with 71 goals and seventh in goals allowed with 57. So while the team is not getting the hype or publicity of Chicago, they look to be a strong contender for the Western crown come playoffs.
2/28/13: Amid all the hoopla surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks and their historic start of at least 17 game with earning a point is the Anaheim Ducks. Many may not realize it, but the Ducks are off to a great start as well. Through 16 games, the Ducks are 13-2-1, and have built up an eight point lead over second place San Jose in the Pacific Division. The team is largely unchanged from last season, but the cagey veterans are all playing at a top level. Again though, they are not getting the publicity that the Blackhawks are, but they certainly will come playoff time.
2/21/13: The Anaheim Ducks apparently do not like being second fiddle to the L.A. Kings. The Kings, of course, won the Stanley Cup last season and have been the toast of the Los Angeles hockey community. The Duck, on the other hand, were terrible last season and relied on aging veterans. Well those aging veterans have awoken as the Ducks have won five in a row and lead the Pacific division by seven points over the Phoenix Coyotes. Anaheim has scored a whopping 53 goals in 15 games and seems intent on making one last stand as the premiere hockey team in Southern California.
11/29/12: In a move that will certainly not reverberate throughout the hockey world, veteran journeyman Rod Pelley has signed on with Anaheim's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. The Admirals were Tampa's affiliate until this summer. Last season, they dominated the AHL, going on a 28 game winning streak and cruising to the Calder Cup. Those players are now gone - having been transplanted to the Syracuse Crunch. Anaheim then became Norfolk's NHL team, and new players have been brought in. Pelley was traded to the Ducks from Devils last season, and played in 45 games with Anaheim.
11/22/12: Bobby Ryan is finally out of Anaheim, sort of. Ryan said last year that the Flyers would be a good team for him, fueling speculation that the Ducks would trade him. That has not happened yet. Ryan obviously does not want to play for the franchise, and a trade may happen once the lockout is over. For now, Ryan has signed to play in Sweden. Bobby Ryan is the newest member of Mora IK in Sweden's second highest professional league. LA Kings forward Anze Kopitar is already playing for the team. No word on when Ryan will join the club.
11/15/12: Anaheim's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals (who were the Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL affiliate until earlier this year) are 7-5 thus far in the 2012-13 season - good enough for second place in the AHL East Division. They trail the Syracuse Crunch by two points, who are, incidentally, Tampa's new AHL affiliate. Last season's Admirals crushed the rest of the league and set a record for most consecutive victories. Most of those players are now in Syracuse, but still within the Lightning family. So the debate is raging - who is the defending Calder Cup champion, the Admirals team, or the Crunch whose players actually won the trophy?
11/8/12: At some point, probably next season, the Ducks will have to replace Teemu Selanne. Selanne has had a wonderful career and has been an excellent ambassador for the game. But he is in his 40's now, and the rocking chair is calling. So who will replace him. Simply put, no one can. However, the Ducks may have some guys in the organization to help out. Brandon McMillan, Richard Rakell, Kyle Palmieri, and Emerson Etem are possibilities. Bobby Ryan is a candidate too, but that would require him staying in Anaheim, which may be a long-shot at this point.
11/1/12: How the Anaheim Ducks will look in year or two is anyone's guess. Cornerstone offensive players Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf both have contracts that expire at the end of the season, and Teemu Selanne may opt to retire. The Ducks had a chance to begin reshaping their roster last season by dumping salary for prospects, but instead decided to continue on with their veterans. They finished 34-36-12, last in Pacific Division and out of the playoffs. Now they have to figure out a way to retain Perry and Getzlaf, replace Selanne, and that may all start by dealing unhappy camper Bobby Ryan.
10/18/12: Seeing the turmoil in the Anaheim front office, combined with their refusal to adjust the roster and the ho-hum attitude of the players last year may lead one to believe that the Ducks do not care if the lockout ever ends. Anaheim has missed the playoffs two of the last three seasons while severely underachieving. There are still big names like Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan, but the team needs to add some grit and enthusiasm to the roster. Bobby Ryan will likely get moved once the new CBA is agreed upon, and this could free up cap space to acquire top talent next offseason.
10/4/12: The Anaheim Ducks may be one of the few teams that actually benefits from a lockout. They need all the bad press to just go away, and maybe work out a trade for disgruntled forward Bobby Ryan. In the meantime, the Ducks are stuck with a quick but smallish roster - similar to their lineup in late 1990's. If recent history is any judge, then this is not suitable for the NHL, where the forwards have gotten bigger and stronger, and speed is less important than conditioning and positioning. In any case, there is still talent on the team, but management must figure out a way to make it work.
8/16/12: Considering the sad state of professional sports in Minnesota, the Wild may well be the best pro team in the North Star State. The Twins are currently battling the Royals for the cellar in baseball. The Timberwolves have rarely been relevant in their tenure (and they currently are not now). It probably will not be long before Kevin Love moves out for warmer weather and a bigger market. And the Vikings, long the King in the land of 10,000 lakes, well the Vikings will be lucky to surpass 3-13 from last year. Conversely, the Wild are on the way up. Parise and Suter are bringing fans in the return to health of top six forwards indicate that the Wild are the new King of Minnesota.
8/2/12: The Ducks will not get burned again by a top draft pick who uses a loophole to get out of a contract. Anaheim was in the news frequently when their 2008 second-round pick Justin Schultz famously decided to never sign a contract. He became a free agent in June, though he had never played a second in the NHL. NHL teams understand the risk when they spend a high draft pick on a European or Russian player - that the player may never come to North America. But not a native son. The Ducks locked up their first round pick (#6 overall) Hampus Lindholm quickly and will bring him in for camp this time around.
7/26/12: The trade market for 30 goal scorer Bobby Ryan may be heating up. Ryan's displeasure with the organization is well documented, and he said at the draft that Philadelphia may be a good place for him - not what management wants to hear from one of their best players. But several Eastern teams have a need and desire for a player like Ryan. The Flyers, of course, bu
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|May 30, 2015||Western Conf Finals: Chicago Blackhawks - Anaheim Ducks - Game 7||5 - 3|
|May 27, 2015||Western Conf Finals: Anaheim Ducks - Chicago Blackhawks - Game 6||2 - 5|
|May 25, 2015||Western Conf Finals: Chicago Blackhawks - Anaheim Ducks - Game 5||4 - 5|
|May 23, 2015||Western Conf Finals: Anaheim Ducks - Chicago Blackhawks - Game 4||4 - 5|
|May 21, 2015||Western Conf Finals: Anaheim Ducks - Chicago Blackhawks - Game 3||2 - 1|
|May 19, 2015||Western Conf Finals: Chicago Blackhawks - Anaheim Ducks - Game 2||3 - 2|
|May 17, 2015||Western Conf Finals: Chicago Blackhawks - Anaheim Ducks - Game 1||1 - 4|
|May 8, 2015||Rd 2: Anaheim Ducks - Calgary Flames - Game 4||4 - 2|
|Apr 22, 2015||Rd 1: Anaheim Ducks - Winnipeg Jets - Game 4||5 - 2|
|Apr 20, 2015||Rd 1: Anaheim Ducks - Winnipeg Jets - Game 3||5 - 4|
|Apr 8, 2015||Dallas Stars - Anaheim Ducks||4 - 0|