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Rickard Rakell Could See His Offensive Numbers Increase Under Dallas Eakins

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

Rickard Rakell didn’t enjoy playing in Randy Carlyle’s old-school offensive system. It was too predictable, too restrictive and led to a significant drop in the left wing’s production last season, when he scored only 18 goals after consecutive seasons of 30 or more.

The Ducks scored an NHL-low 199 goals, which helped to explain why they finished sixth in the eight-team Pacific Division and failed to advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2012. It also helped to explain why Carlyle was fired as coach and replaced by Dallas Eakins.

Change has been good, according to Rakell.

“It’s a different energy around the whole team, getting this practice facility and all the seriousness about everything when it comes to food, sleep, recovery and practice,” Rakell said. “You can really notice the difference. They’ve given us all the tools. For us, everybody is just excited.

“We don’t have anything to lose.”

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All Ryan Getzlaf

from Kyle Shohara of AnaheimDucks.com,

What excites you about the upcoming season?

I'm excited about going into camp with the changes we've made, and obviously the coaching staff. Sometimes when those things happen it creates a bit of a buzz and a different look going into training camp, which is exciting for me because I've been to 14 training camps or so. Sometimes it gets a little monotonous. It's nice to have an exciting year and a lot of young players who are here to push for spots and push us forward.

With what you know about this team, what can you say to some of the experts who aren't expecting much from the Ducks next season?

We're going to go out and play and put our best team on the ice. I know one thing about this organization - I've been here 14 years and we've never taken a season to rebuild. The one thing we've always tried to do is rebuild on the go. We're going to have to do the same thing again. I'm pretty confident we can be competitive next year. We'll see how it goes.

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Video- Season Preview For The Anaheim Ducks

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen and NHL Network's Mike Johnson look at the biggest questions facing the Anaheim Ducks this season and make their highly anticipated playoff predictions.

 

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Habs Send Nicolas Deslauriers To Anaheim

MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that the Canadiens have acquired the Anaheim Ducks' fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Nicolas Deslauriers.

In 106 games with the Canadiens over the last two seasons, Deslauriers amassed 12 goals and 19 points. He also dished out 373 hits.

The 28-year-old LaSalle, QC native registered two goals and five points in 48 games this past year.

Deslauriers was acquired by Montreal in October 2017 in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

He was a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings - selected 84th overall - in the 2009 NHL Draft.

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Anaheim Ducks Sign Three Of Their Own

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Ryan Miller, defenseman Korbinian Holzer and center Derek Grant to one-year contract extensions through the 2019-20 NHL season.

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Goodbye Corey Perry

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

Finally, those who doubted Corey Perry’s hockey future might be right.

It just took 14 seasons, four All-Star games and 372 goals.

They might not be right either.

The Ducks bought out Perry’s contract Wednesday. He had lost a step while the NHL had gained two. He wasn’t a first-line player anymore. Nobody inside the franchise could stomach watching him play on the fourth.

The quickest way to feel old is to watch Perry, 34, grow old, because he always played like Ryan Getzlaf’s rambunctious little brother. They were born six days apart, and Perry kept going where he didn’t belong, emerging with a goal, a welt and a smirk. That was his personal hat trick.

“People didn’t realize he was such a big guy,” said Sean O’Donnell, who played with and against Perry and shared that Stanley Cup in 2007. “But he had that baby face and that little head. He’d go to the net and stay there no matter what you did to him, and he’d figure out a way to score and you never knew how he did it.

“You loved him as a teammate because he would do anything to win. You didn’t like him as an opponent because he was a pain in the butt.”

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Anyone Want Corey Perry?

via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks are in the process of finalizing paperwork to buy out Corey Perrythis morning, according to TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli.

Perry is not expected to be placed on waivers due his no-movement clause. He has two years left on his deal with a cap hit of $8.6 million.

Last season, Perry had just 10 points in 31 games played with the Ducks last season. He is coming off meniscus and MCL injuries and missed the first five months of the season after knee injury. 

He was drafted by the Ducks in the first round (28th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. Perry won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, and won the Hart and Rocket Richard trophies in 2011. 

 

 

added 12:15pm, It's official,

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A Different Type Of Coach For The Anaheim Ducks

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

The Ducks’ new guy is Dallas Eakins, who has spent four years coaching the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League and took them to the Calder Cup semifinals this spring. He had one NHL opportunity, at Edmonton, and will tell you he shanked it, although maybe it wasn’t him: The Oilers just hired their eighth coach since 2009.

“We have heard some good things from the young guys who came up from San Diego,” defenseman Hampus Lindholm said Monday, as Eakins was certified as the head coach, at the ultra-spiffy new Great Park facility.

“Being from Sweden, I’m more used to that type of coach, who interacts with the players more, and builds the team up into a family. We have had the old-school type of coach, I’d say. Now I hear this coach saying that we’re in this journey all together.”

General Manager Bob Murray studied Eakins closely, even before he dismissed Randy Carlyle and went behind the Ducks’ bench himself.

“The players who came up from there were always professional,” Murray said. “His team played very hard. When we were crippled with injuries, it made them crippled with injuries, and through all those overtime periods they eventually just ran out of gas.”

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Dallas Eakins Is The New Head Coach For The Anaheim Ducks

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks today have named Dallas Eakins head coach. With the announcement, Eakins becomes the 10th head coach in franchise history.

"Dallas is an outstanding head coach who has worked well with our players since joining the organization four years ago," said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "He is a tremendous leader and strategist, and deserves this opportunity."

Eakins, 52 (1/20/67), most recently served as head coach for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2015-19. In his four seasons behind the bench, Eakins led San Diego to a 154-95-23 record and three trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs. Under Eakins, the Gulls led the AHL Pacific Division in wins, points (331) and points percentage (.608) since the division's inception in 2015-16.

"This is a tremendous honor for my family," said Eakins. "I am truly humbled. It was a privilege to serve as head coach of the San Diego Gulls during our first four seasons, and I look forward to build off that success here in Anaheim."

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The Anaheim Ducks Still Need A Head Coach

from Curtis Zupkw of the LA Times,

The Ducks’ coaching search has picked up steam as several names have surfaced to fill the last vacancy in the NHL.

In addition to Dallas Eakins, coach of their minor league affiliate San Diego Gulls, others in the mix are Dallas Stars assistant coach Todd Nelson and New York Islanders assistant coach Lane Lambert, the Los Angeles Times confirmed. Rick Bowness, another Dallas assistant, is also under consideration, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Ducks general manager Bob Murray is expected to do interviews this week, but he is attending this week’s NHL scouting combine in Buffalo, N.Y. It is not known if Eakins will have a formal interview because Murray is already familiar with him, and Eakins was already seen as a strong candidate to replace the fired Randy Carlyle.

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