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Team Chemistry Important For The Anaheim Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Whatever system the Ducks play — and they’re making a major philosophical shift from heavy hockey to a high-tempo game with quick puck movement — it will work only if players embrace it wholeheartedly as a group. If anything good can come from the ruins of their first-round playoff flameout against the San Jose Sharks last season, it’s that they recognized the need for change and the value of unity, and that one without the other won’t get them anywhere.

“We fell flat and it was a combination of things,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said of the team’s swift exit after a strong finish to the regular season. “I don’t want to dive into it too much. We want to start this year fresh. We want to get going. To dwell on it means that you’re thinking about it still and I don’t want to do that. But you learn from it; you learn from those mistakes and move on.”

What Getzlaf learned goes beyond Xs and O’s and buzzwords. “The chemistry is the most important thing, and you can build throughout a season,” he said.


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The Anaheim Ducks Will Be Cautious With Patrick Eaves

from Lisa Dillman of The Athletic,

The​ Ducks are cautiously​ optimistic​ that​ forward Patrick​ Eaves​ will​ be​ able​ to​ play​​ in an exhibition game closer to the end of training camp.

Eaves missed all but two games last season because of a post-viral syndrome. He was originally, and as it turned out, incorrectly diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that affects 1 in 100,000 Americans.

But it’s not any aftereffects from the mysterious post-viral syndrome that have the Ducks and Eaves working on a carefully crafted schedule for his return. The chief issue is his surgically repaired right shoulder.

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Morning Line- Ryan Miller

“I get both sides of the argument actually, but I’m more strongly supportive of people voicing their opinion even if they are an athlete. I just feel like, yeah they do have more exposure, media exposure and a soapbox, and whether you think that’s fair or unfair or if it’s warranted or not, I just encourage all people to engage in conversation and engage in politics and that they are aware of what’s going on and they can participate. So if you feel like you have something and you have people that are willing to listen to you, I don’t think that’s out of bounds.

“I mean we had a Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United where they would say corporations basically had free speech and should be treated as a person. So I mean, there’s money and an agenda and all that behind that. So if we’re OK with that, I think we can be OK with a person having a political opinion within the sport. Now it’s up to the sports to handle it the way they feel like they [should] handle it.”

-Ryan Miller of the Anaheim Ducks.  Josh Cooper of The Athletic (paid sub.) has much more from Miller.

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John Gibson On His Eight-Year Contract

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

“It felt like home from the beginning,” Gibson said. “Obviously you have to get used to it. But now, being there for years … me and my wife bought a house out there. It’s exciting that we know we’ll be there for the future. I’m very excited about it.”

The extension, worth $6.4 million annually, officially cements Gibson as the Ducks franchise goalie. That organizational decision was effectively made when the Ducks traded Frederik Andersen in 2016. The lingering questions are Gibson’s durability and the outlook for his team.

Gibson has notable wear for a young goalie, starting with a major groin injury in 2014. His 60 games last season were the most in his NHL career, as he dealt with upper and lower body injuries. He removed himself from games several times, to the point where backup Ryan Miller was jokingly called the best relief goalie in hockey.

“Definitely, I want to make sure I get stronger and everything this summer,” Gibson said. “Last year [I had] injuries that were lingering on a bit and I never really fully got better, so I definitely made sure I focused on that … and kind of take care of it this summer to make sure I can come back with no restrictions or limitations and get that under control, which I did. I’m definitely excited about the upcoming season.”


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John Gibson Signs An Eight-Year Deal With The Anaheim Ducks

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks have signed goaltender John Gibson to an eight-year contract extension through the 2026-27 NHL season.

"I believe in John Gibson, as does everyone in the organization," said Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. "This is obviously a major commitment by the club, but one we feel strongly about. John is equally committed to being a Duck. He is only now entering the prime of his career, and we are all confident his best is yet to come."




added 1:13pm, The Ducks added more to the release on Gibson, read it below.

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Summer State Of The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

Ducks general manager Bob Murray said Saturday he expects Patrick Eaves to play next season after the veteran right wing missed all but two games in 2017-18 because of what was initially diagnosed as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Murray was less certain about the availability of center Ryan Kesler, however.

“I’m more confident that Patrick Eaves is going to play for the full season than I am of Ryan Kesler at the moment, although ‘Kes’ says he’s going to be fine,” Murray said during an event with Ducks season-ticket holders at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. After trips to see specialists around the country, it turned out Eaves suffered from a different ailment that wasn’t nerve related called post-viral syndrome.

Kesler underwent hip surgery last summer and was limited to 44 games last season. There’s been speculation around the NHL that Kesler might be forced to sit out 2018-19 in order to full rehabilitate his hip. He scored eight goals and 14 points last season.

Murray fielded several questions from fans, including one from a woman who asked if right wing Corey Perry was working to improve his diminished speed during the offseason. “I sure hope so,” Murray said of Perry, a former 50-goal scorer who had 19 in 2016-17 and 17 last season.


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Adam Henrique Signs A Five-Year Extension With The Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Adam Henrique to a five-year contract extension through the 2023-24 NHL season.

Henrique, 28 (2/6/90), owns four career 20-goal seasons, including a career-best 30 in 2015-16. The 6-0, 195-pound center has collected 142-151=293 points with a +4 rating in 512 career NHL games with Anaheim and New Jersey. Among players selected in the 2008 NHL Draft, Henrique ranks tied for fourth in goals and ninth in points.

Acquired from New Jersey with Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick on Nov. 30, 2017, Henrique combined for 24-26=50 points with a career-high +11 rating in 81 games last season with Anaheim and New Jersey. He ranked third among NHL leaders with eight game-winning goals (GWG) following his Ducks debut (Dec. 1-Apr. 7). Henrique finished the regular season leading Anaheim in GWG, ranked tied for second in goals, and tied for third in power-play goals (4).

The Ducks went 33-15-9 in Henrique’s 57 games, in which he recorded 20-16=36 points with a +17 rating and 14 PIM. Henrique posted the second-longest point streak to start a Ducks career at five games (3-3=6), behind only Teemu Selanne’s 15-game streak in 1995-96.

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On A Slow Day, Here’s A Bit Of Carolina And Anaheim News

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Steve Smith has resigned his position as assistant coach. The team will immediately begin its search for a new assistant coach.

Smith, 55, spent four seasons with the Hurricanes as an assistant coach and was responsible for the team’s defensemen and penalty kill. In his four seasons as assistant coach, the Hurricanes compiled a 137-138-53 record.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club will retire the jerseys of Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer this coming season as part of the franchise’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Kariya’s #9 jersey will be raised on Oct. 21 vs. Buffalo (5 p.m.), with Niedermayer’s #27 to follow on Feb. 17 vs. Washington (6 p.m.).

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Team Speed An Issue For The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Bob Murray sees where the NHL is going and where the Ducks are at within it – and where his coach fits with their need to adapt.

The Ducks have to get faster and Murray, who just wrapped up his 10th season as their general manager, saw their current level of team speed wasn’t nearly good enough in grim fashion in a four-game sweep by San Jose.

“We just played a team that was way faster than us,” Murray said Saturday, where the Ducks cleaned out their lockers at Honda Center earlier than they imagined. “And they played the game faster than us.”...

The roster is expected to skew more toward youth. They’re expected to jettison older free agents such as Kevin Bieksa, Antoine Vermette, Jason Chimera and Chris Kelly. Murray did rave the work of fourth-line center Derek Grant and would like to re-sign him.

Bieksa played with a torn tendon in his finger that was suffered during his fight with Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas in October and said he opted to put off surgery until March because the recovery period would have taken months instead of weeks.

But the veteran defenseman also felt the March procedure made it easier for Carlyle to play youngster Andy Welinski in three of the four games against San Jose. His dissatisfaction was thinly veiled.


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The Anaheim Ducks Are Out Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs, Swept By The San Jose Sharks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Tomas Hertl scored midway through the third period and the Sharks completed a four-game sweep of the Ducks and brought a swift end to their Pacific Division rival’s season with a 2-1 Game 4 victory Wednesday night.

As a rollicking sellout crowd of 17,562 rhythmically chanted for the broom work to go down, San Jose put the clamps on the Ducks as it had all series. The Ducks scored only four goals in the four games and were swept in a playoff series for the first time since Detroit did it to them in 1999.

“We played well down the stretch and then obviously the let up, we didn’t respond the way we needed to going into the playoffs in the first game,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “That’s on us. That’s what we got to do as players. Be prepared and ready to compete throughout a whole series and not just at the end.”...

“To me, it’s too fresh in people’s minds and emotions run high in these situations and nobody feels good about what just happened,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “There’ll be lots of comments. People that aren’t in the organization will be making a lot of comments about what should happen. And that’s their opinion.

“We’ll let the organization make the decisions that are the best interests. Leave that to the people that are in charge.”


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