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from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,
The progression of the Anaheim Ducks the past three seasons has been impressive. They've advanced deeper into the Stanley Cup Playoffs every year since 2013, a run most teams would love to have.
However, each of those seasons has ended with a Game 7 loss at home, the latest to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Final.
"When you go through those things, the only way to gain [experience] is to go through it," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "Hopefully our guys learned some lessons again this year. I learned some things. We can get ready for the next season and approach next year with the same attitude we had at the start of this one, on a mission to get back to have that opportunity again."
Anaheim is well-equipped for another long ride, and its offseason moves confirmed that their time is now with Getzlaf, Corey Perry 30 years old and Ryan Kesler 31 on Aug. 31.
"That group is not satisfied until we win a Stanley Cup," Kesler said after signing a six-year contract extension July 15. "When we do win that Stanley Cup, I don't think we'll be satisfied then either. We're going to want another one. We have the group to do it. We have all the pieces. We just need to put them together."
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Lucic caught in numbers game
Had Milan Lucic been traded to a team other than the Kings, the ex-Bruin could already have his next contract in place. The 27-year-old left wing, with full health, a primary role, and motivation on his side, is in line to have a good season. An extension now would cost less than a new deal next offseason. But LA’s first priority is re-upping Anze Kopitar, who will also be unrestricted on July 1. And that will be a complicated transaction. Had business proceeded normally, Kopitar would have signed an extension comparable to Jonathan Toews’s eight-year, $84 million blockbuster. Kopitar is LA’s version of Toews. But within the context of a slow-to-rise cap, Toews’s deal is inflationary. As much as they need Kopitar back, the Kings have to be conservative. Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli will be restricted after 2016-17. In that context, Lucic is a secondary priority for the Kings. He may even be a short-term acquisition in the Kings’ push to return to the playoffs.
Anaheim’s goaltending tandem of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson may not continue in 2015-16. The Ducks acquired Anton Khudobin from Carolina for James Wisniewski on June 27. The ex-Bruin could be Andersen’s backup, leaving Gibson to develop in the AHL. If so, it would break up the best mask duo in the league. Andersen will wear another logo-themed lid in 2015-16, this time with a Batman mask over a duck’s face. Gibson will have a mask based on Duck Hunt, the classic 8-bit Nintendo shooter game.
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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Despite his efforts, Murray hasn’t necessarily plugged all the holes. The most obvious question that remains to be answered is who will fill the No.1 role on the blueline? Hampus Lindholm’s play during the postseason hinted that he’ll be that cornerstone one day, but it’s probably too much to expect the 21-year-old to handle that role this season.
And do they have a winger who can step in alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and contribute at a first-line level not just during the regular season, but during the playoffs? Maybe that guy is Stewart, the talented but frustrating forward who wore out his welcome in Buffalo and did nothing after being acquired by Minnesota at the deadline. Maybe it’s Hagelin, although he might be a more natural fit on the second line alongside Ryan Kesler. Or maybe a better option pops up later in the season. If it does, the Ducks will be ready. One of Murray’s real successes has been his mastery of the salary cap. According to General Fanager, he has more than $7 million to play with under the cap. Of course, Anaheim’s internal cap may be lower than the league’s $71.4 million, but clearly he’s left himself some wiggle room to make adjustments on the fly.
In the meantime, Murray has done an admirable job of freshening the roster with solid role players like Santorelli, who inked a one-year deal at a chance-for-the-Cup discount price of $875,000.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Mike Santorelli to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Santorelli, 29, has appeared in 336 NHL games, scoring 55-65=120 points with 70 penalty minutes (PIM). He played in 79 NHL games last year with Toronto and Nashville, scoring 12-21=33 points with 14 PIM. He was acquired by Nashville with Cody Franson from Toronto in exchange for Nashville’s first-round selection in the 2015 Draft, along with forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen.
A native of Vancouver, B.C., Santorelli was drafted by Nashville in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft. He has played with Nashville, Florida, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto in his career, setting career-highs with 20-21=41 points in 82 games with the Panthers in 2010-11.
from Russia-Hockey, RU (translated),
Very much surprised that you were able to find me in Krasnoyarsk - the world champion in 2014 and silver medalist of the World Championship-2015 immediately took the initiative in their hands. - But in fact, this beautiful Siberian city - my second homeland. On the one hand is a graduate of Ust-Kamenogorsk and Magnitogorsk schools. On the other - from Krasnoyarsk my mother, three hundred kilometers in the direction of Irkutsk live other relatives. So I decided, one might say, here to settle down, to build a house. Forest, river, sea, hunting, fishing, Siberian expanses - an amazing place! Paradise!
Many of your fans are hoping that last season would be a breakthrough season. And you're in the "Carolina" is the first number, replacing veteran Cam Ward, who in the spring of 2014, you clearly outplayed. Alas, it turned out ...
I agree with you. Perhaps you can blame himself. But by and large I was not given a full chance to prove himself. The first half of last season was crumpled. Then, the situation has changed - but it was not the normal playing time, mostly sitting in reserve. As they say, it did not grow together.
A recent exchange became a surprise for you?
Yes, they marveled. Exchange - it's always an exchange, it is not fun much. Although generally more pleased.
"Anaheim" - one of the leaders of the NHL in recent years, a constant contender for the Stanley Cup in the "Ducks" can solve the high goals. Plus I really like California. As I say, California - it's not even America, it is a separate state (laughs).
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via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Ducks have signed right wing Jakob Silfverberg to a four-year contract through the 2018-19 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Silfverberg, 24 (10/13/90), has scored 33-48=81 points with a +26 rating and 48 penalty minutes (PIM) in 181 career NHL games with Anaheim and Ottawa. In the 2015 playoffs, he scored 4-14=18 points with a +6 rating in 16 postseason games, ranking third among postseason leaders in assists and tied for seventh in scoring. His 1.13 points-per-game average in the playoffs ranked tied for second in the NHL with Corey Perry (Ryan Getzlaf led with 1.25, min. eight games).
Silfverberg established regular season career highs in most offensive categories last season with the Ducks, including points (13-26=39), goals, assists, plus/minus (+15) and shots on net (189). He also led the league with nine shootout goals (9-for-13) and a 69.2 shootout percentage (min. five attempts) in 2014-15. Among active NHL skaters (career), Silfverberg ranks first in career shootout efficiency (min. 15 attempts) with a 60.9% conversion rate (14-of-23).
"This isn't my last contract, I want another one after this. Right now, I’m sitting here saying I wont’be done. My family supports that and they know. When that time comes, then yeah I’ll be ready to retire.
"Right now, I’m fully confident that I can play out this contract and get another one after."
-Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks talking about his six-year contract extension. More from Kesler by Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
added 12:07pm, Anaheim release is below...
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wing Chris Stewart to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Stewart, 27 (10/30/87), has scored 129-135=264 points with 535 penalty minutes (PIM) in 463 career NHL games with Colorado, St. Louis, Buffalo and Minnesota. Stewart has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs on four occasions, earning 5-3=8 points with 18 PIM. A 28-goal scorer in 2009-10 and 2010-11, he also set career bests in assists (36) and points (64) during the 2009-10 campaign with the Avalanche. In 2012-13, the Toronto, Ontario native led St. Louis in scoring (18-18=36), goals and power-play goals (6), and co-led in game-winning goals (3).
Selected by Colorado in the first round (18th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Stewart split the 2014-15 season with the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild. In 81 games overall, the 6-2, 231-pound winger collected 14-22=36 points with 88 PIM. Opening the season with Buffalo, Stewart was acquired by Minnesota on Mar. 2, 2015 in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. He posted 3-8=11 points with a +4 rating 25 PIM in 20 games with the Wild, helping the club clinch the first Western Conference Wild Card berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Stewart went on to appear in eight postseason games with Minnesota, earning two assists (0-2=2) with two PIM.
Reports yesterday stated contract is for $1.7M.
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