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Video- Sonny Milano Goal, Trevor Zegras Assist

Wow.

 

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A Revived Ryan Getzlaf

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

This episode of “This Is Your Life” continues for Ryan Getzlaf.

The Ducks honored Getzlaf for his 1,000th point Sunday and have also honored him for his 1,000th game.

Trevor Zegras, 20, says he knows Getzlaf “hates” all the ribbon-cutting and commemoration, but “there’s going to be a lot more coming.”

Did anybody foresee this, just a few months ago, when the Ducks were becoming the Washington Generals in their own building, and when Getzlaf’s contract was ticking to a stop?

Instead, it says here that Getzlaf, 36, had 12 assists and 17 points in that purgatory season. He came to Honda Center Sunday with 18 and 19 this season, in 27 fewer games.

It’s often said that Getzlaf has borrowed some sonic youth from linemate Troy Terry and from Zegras and Jamie Drysdale.

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Below, watch the 1000 point ceremony for Getzlaf.

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Bob Murray Resigns As Executive Vice President and General Manager Of The Anaheim Ducks

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray has resigned from his position, effective immediately. Murray will enroll in an alcohol abuse program. As announced yesterday, Jeff Solomon will be the club's Interim General Manager.

Following is a statement from Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli:

"First and foremost, we apologize on behalf of the organization to anyone affected by misconduct from Bob. We expect every member of our organization to be treated with respect and will not stand for abuse of any kind.

Bob tendered his resignation this morning, while also informing us of his decision to enter an alcohol abuse program. While we do not condone his conduct, we fully support his efforts to improve his physical and mental health by asking for help.

We will now begin a methodical, extensive search for a permanent General Manager to lead us forward. We expect to complete this process no later than next summer."

Following is a statement from Bob Murray:

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Short Video- Ryan Getzlaf Fined For Dangerous Trip

NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2021) – Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been fined $1,000 for a dangerous trip against Minnesota Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek during NHL Game No. 75 in Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.


Watch a short video of the trip below.

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It Is A Rebuild For The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Treaford of the OC Register,

Ducks general manager Bob Murray delivered a message Wednesday. After talking around the subject publicly, and using other words to describe what he was doing to try to improve the franchise’s sagging fortunes, he finally uttered the words so many fans longed to hear over the past few years.

“We’re rebuilding,” Murray acknowledged during an informal, 40-minute conversation 24 hours before the Ducks open training camp at Great Park Ice.

Asked what he tells Ducks fans when they recognize him at the gas station or on the golf course, Murray said, “We’re sticking to our plan. We’re rebuilding. This is how we’re doing it. We’re being patient. Everything we’re going to do going forward, all the trades we make, everything is for the future at this point in time.

“As those things come along, we’ll keep adding to that core young group we have. Just be patient. Just enjoy watching the young kids now and, hopefully, some of the veterans come back (to form) and give you something to be happy about.”

Murray could have been busy this past summer, but he wasn’t. At least not in the way that captured headlines or generated a high volume of digital clicks, anyway.

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Ryan Kesler Understands He’ll Never Play Again In The NHL

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Ryan Kesler is still recovering from resurfacing surgery on his left hip in February and understands he'll never play in the NHL again.

The 37-year-old also had resurfacing surgery on his right hip May 9, 2019.

"I tried coming back on my first hip and I was working hard rehabbing and skating, and then my other hip went and blocked all my momentum," Kesler said. "And to be honest, I'm still a far way away to even coming close. I don't think I'll ever get to an NHL level again. I'm just hoping to get to a level that I'm happy at."

Kesler played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks but last played in the League with the Ducks in 2018-19.

He has one season remaining on a six-year contract he signed with Anaheim on July 15, 2015.

"It got to a point, my last couple years playing, I hated the game, I hated playing," he said. "Going to the rink, being in pain and then not being able to do what you normally do. Your mind wants you to do it and you just can't do it. That was when I knew, let's get something done, let's reset, let's try to get back to loving the game again. And I started loving the game again. I was trying to get back and skating and then my [left hip] went and I was like, 'You know what? I'm not going through this again.'

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Video- Saluting David Backes

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Blues honoured David Backes in what will probably be his last game in St. Louis, and after the game, Backes was emotional as he hugged his former teammates.

 

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They Once Were Good

from Mark Whicker of the Daily News

For a long time the Ducks were able to withstand the downforces. Beginning in 2006, they qualified 11 times in 13 seasons. In 2017, they lost the Western Conference Finals to Nashville, a six-game collision that bruised every crucial body part, the heart included.

But as they limped home, they still had much to anticipate.

Ryan Getzlaf was a point-a-game dynamo in those playoffs. Richard Rakell, 23, scored 33 goals that season. Goalie John Gibson and defensemen Josh Manson, Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour were all 25 or younger.

Four years later, in the merciful emptiness of Honda Center, the Ducks have produced the worst hockey in their 28-year history.

They have won three home games in regulation. Their current power-play percentage of 9.24 would be the worst in league history, wiping the ‘98 Lightning (9.38) off the books. In starker terms, Anaheim has scored 11 goals on its power plays and given up five.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Ryan Miller

 

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Bob Murray On The Anaheim Ducks And The Trade Deadline

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

“It’s quiet,’’ Murray said. “That’s the pandemic, the (flat) cap, expansion draft, would be the reasons for that in any order you want to put them in.’’...

There’s also the case of Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim’s longtime captain who is a pending UFA and who has full no-move clause. He’s not going anywhere unless he wants to. Murray has way too much respect for Getzlaf and has a strong relationship with him, he’s not going to ask him to waive. Getzlaf controls the process.

“I do have a good relationship with him and his agent and we do have an understanding, and I said this to him a long time ago, ‘If you do want to go to a contender, you got to come to me and tell me. And then we’ll sit down and discuss who may be interested and where would you want to go.'”

Murray said he just spoke with Getzlaf again before leaving for his trip last week and there was no evidence of his captain being interested in a move.

And in fact, there’s interest on Murray’s part in getting Getzlaf back on a new deal moving forward.

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