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from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf lead the Ducks with 16 points apiece. But Perry has only four goals and Getzlaf just one.
If you had known those players would have those goal totals 20 games into the season, would you have guessed the Ducks would be in a playoff position?
If you said no, I agree. If you said yes, you’re lying.
My working theory then was that this should be an encouraging sign for the Ducks, that, particularly given Perry’s tendency to score in bursts, good things almost certainly have to be coming once those two start producing goals.
My working theory, however, seemed about as appetizing to Ducks coach Randy Carlyle as a plate of cold leftover turkey gizzards.
“There’s no satisfaction in that,” Carlyle corrected. “It’s our responsibility to find a way to get those players going, to put them in situations where they can have some success.”
For his career, Perry has averaged a goal every 2.4 games, which means his scoring rate is about half of what would be normal for him.
Getzlaf is on pace to finish with 4.6 goals, a total that seems entirely unreasonable and not just because of how unlikely it is that he’ll score .6 of a goal.
The Anaheim Ducks lost 3-2 in a 14 round shootout to the New York Islanders, this is about one of those goals in the shootout...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
After a review involving the NHL situation room, Hickey was determined to have not interfered with Bernier before the puck crossed the line. Afterward, Bernier took an adamant stance.
"I think it was pretty obvious," Bernier said. "I made the save and my skate was going right to the post where I wanted it to be. He pushed me in."
Bernier wasn't only one angry. The call left Ducks coach Randy Carlyle incensed as he got an explanation from referees Gord Dwyer and Dean Morton.
“You can’t get bent out of shape from the score and from what we feel is unjustified in the allowing of the shootout goal. You can get yourself sideways in that,” Carlyle said. “They made the call. We’ll do our necessary phone calls behind the scenes. We’ll have a conversation with some people and see what they have to say about it.”
“I was under the understanding that you cannot score a goal in the NHL today by pushing the goaltender’s pad with the puck underneath it over the line, but I guess I was proved wrong again tonight."
Watch the goal below...
Max Domi received five for fighting and Ryan Kesler two for roughing and receiving an uppercut punch from Domi.
Kesler did go to the dressing room but did return in the Ducks 5-1 win over the Coyotes.
10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Instigator - 2 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Derek Forbort - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Jordan Nolan - Roughing - 2 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Jordan Nolan - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Clayton Stoner - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Joseph Cramarossa - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Derek Forbort - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Anaheim Ryan Getzlaf - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Nick Shore - Fighting - 5 minutes
10:09 Los Angeles Nick Shore - Roughing - 2 minutes, Served by Kyle Clifford
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Seen as the potential leader of the Ducks' blue line, Lindholm, 22, led the defense corps with 10 goals and 115 blocked shots last season. Lindholm had 28 points in 2015-16 and his plus-6 rating led the Ducks in their playoff series against Nashville.
Lindholm's average annual salary is $5.25 million, around the amount the Ducks were willing to do on a long-term deal. He will make $3 million this season, $6 million in 2017-18, $6.75 million in 2018-19, $5.25 million in 2019-20, $3.75 million in 2020-21 and $6.75 million in 2021-22.
Lindholm has remained in Sweden, missing all of training camp and the first eight games of the season as Ducks general manager Bob Murray and Lindholm's agent, Claude Lemieux, continually worked to close what had been a wide gap in negotiations.
Using other young defensemen such as Toronto's Morgan Rielly, Columbus's Seth Jones and Buffalo's Rasmus Ristolainen as comparables, Murray ultimately held firm on not going to the $5.4 million annual range that Jones and Ristolainen are making.
"It’s a business and Claude Lemieux, he had a job to do and we had a job to do," Murray said. "We wanted to get it at a fair number for the organzation so we can try to move forward with this group as best we can because, as I said before, I wanted to give this group another shot.
"I’m going to do everything in my power to keep it that way."
added 11:47am, Anaheim press release is below.
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
“When you take the big picture, it’s a point on the road,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “And we didn’t play anywhere near what we’re capable of. We lost two players through the process.
“Our goaltender and penalty killing won us the point. Now you got to turn the page on this one and we got a big one tomorrow night against Nashville at home.”
It was costly. Getzlaf didn’t come out for the start of the third period. Television replays showed the Ducks captain hit on his left forearm by a shot in the second and Getzlaf missed a couple shifts before returning.
Meanwhile, Bernier left with an upper-body muscle injury suffered sometime in the first period. Carlyle said both players would be reassessed Wednesday morning and it was too early to say if either could be available to face Nashville or would be ruled out.
Bernier’s potential absence might require a call up of Dustin Tokarski from the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego. Gibson said he would be ready to go if called upon to start. He’ll need to bounce back quickly.
more on the game...
from Pierre LeBrun of TSN,
... In the meantime, Trouba is losing money with each passing day. But his camp is taking a big-picture view on things. "This is a career decision, one which was deliberated upon," Overhardt said.
This is an interesting negotiation because both the agent and Cheveldayoff are patient guys. I believe the Jets GM when he tells other teams he’s not making a deal for the sake of it. Other GMs have said as much. His price -- a young, top-four, left-handed defenseman -- must be met. And he has the full backing of ownership, which is no small thing.
Other items of interest from around the NHL:
- Teams continue to inquire with the Anaheim Ducks regarding the availability of defenseman Cam Fowler because of word that the Ducks have to move money eventually, but I don’t think that’s a front-burner issue just yet. And maybe he'll never be traded at all. My read here is that priority No. 1 for Anaheim remains getting top defenseman Hampus Lindholm re-signed and I think both sides have moved on that front over the past few weeks. Still, no deal yet. The recent signing of Rasmus Ristolainen to a six-year deal worth $5.4 million per season, the same contract that Seth Jones got in Columbus, is certainly a comparable. But so is the contract of Morgan Rielly from the Maple Leafs (six years times $5 million per season)....
more on Trouba and Fowler plus many more hockey topics...
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
I think we all know that we wouldn’t be in this situation right now if it wasn’t a young man’s game,” said Kurt Overhardt, who represents Trouba. “Part of it is systemic. But the other part is the skill level of players coming out of junior and college and Europe is pretty incredible.
“We’ve got 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds playing huge roles on teams. And at 22 years old, a player doe
sn’t want to stay around waiting if he thinks his ability is greater than the opportunity he’s been given, because there’s really great players in front of him.”...
As Group 2 restricted free agents, neither Trouba nor Lindholm has much in the way of negotiating leverage. So they sit and wait, while hoping their absence forces their respective teams — Winnipeg is 1-1-0 and Anaheim is 0-2-1 — into making a deal.
“The season is more than three games,” said player agent Claude Lemieux, who represents Lindholm. “Trying to get a long-term deal is more than just the performance of the team during a short period of time. There’s definitely motivation from both sides to try and get a deal done.”
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