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from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Silfverberg was fine and kept him out for precautionary reasons.
"There was no sense bringing him back," Boudreau said. "But we've seen that before."
Torres has a history of suspensions and is facing another one after he was ejected with a match penalty for intent to injure.
"Same player every year," Ryan Kesler said. "I played with the guy [in Vancouver]. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore."
more on the game...
via Curtis Pashelka of Working The Corners,
Sharks forward Raffi Torres is in danger of receiving another long term suspension from the NHL after he was given a match penalty for an illegal hit to the head of Jakob Silfverberg in the first period of San Jose’s game against Anaheim on Saturday at the Honda Center.
Torres was given a 10-minute misconduct and ejected from the game for the hit on the Ducks’ Silfverberg, which came with 7:15 to go in the first period. Silfverberg left the ice and did not return for the rest of the period.
According to NHL rules, any player who receives a match penalty player “shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue.”
Torres has been suspended four times in his NHL career.
Watch the hit below, via Sportsnet...
from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,
The reigning champion Chicago Blackhawks have been forced to chop payroll costs so aggressively you get the feeling half the team will play next week’s home opener against the Rangers with large “For Sale” signs across their nameplates.
The Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile, have had to endure a truly ugly post-season, one in which two veteran players were caught in drug-related snares while a third was convicted of domestic assault and decided to pack up and return to Russia rather than be deported.
So if you’re the Anaheim Ducks watching all of this from afar, knowing that you’ve fallen to those two teams in the last two post-seasons and then watched them go on to win the Stanley Cup, it would be hard not to get the feeling the path to a championship is being cleared.
Not to celebrate the struggles of others, but. . . .
It’s possible the Ducks were hockey’s second-best team each of those past two seasons, but have nothing to show for it. With a team that was already deep and talented with a nice mix of youth and veteran talent, GM Bob Murray went out with a to-do list over the summer and was able to put a check mark beside every item:
via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On whether Patrick Maroon’s goal was scored with a high stick:
Well, there’s no reviews in preseason, so I guess you could hit somebody over the head with your stick and get away with it, too. It was a high stick. I mean, it was way [above the crossbar].
On whether the Kings are looking for a “bounce-back season”:
That would be good, yeah. [Reporter: Where are you at the moment?] Where are we at the moment? We’re trying to bounce back from last season.
The Maroon goal...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
So it came as a bit of a head-scratcher when, on June 27, general manager Bob Murray traded for Carolina backup Anton Khudobin, who is entering the final year of an expiring contract that pays him $2.5 million this season.
At the time of the trade, Murray said he wanted to add stability in net.
“That was interesting to see,” Andersen told Sportsnet during a sit-down earlier this month. “I talked to Bob about it. He explained what his thoughts were, and that kinda helped me out, [understanding] what he was thinking.”
So, what was his message to you?
“I’m not going to share that,” said Andersen, his voice soft and low, his guard up.
Rolling three goalies deep allows Anaheim to overcome injuries and prevents Ilya Bryzgalov comebacks. Khudobin has yet to seize a starter’s spot, but both Tuukaa Rask and Cam Ward excelled with him backing them up.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One would think it would be a plum job to play with those two stars, but for whatever reason, it's been a revolving door for years, with no one nailing down the job long-term.
"I've given up on it," Getzlaf said with a laugh over the weekend during a break in Ducks camp.
That's not a criticism of the players who have taken a stab at it. It's more an indication by Getzlaf that he and Perry seem to be a tough pair to play with.
"Finding three guys that play well together every single night is tough to find," Getzlaf said. "I think when you're talking about playing that role, it's a tough one to get into because we're counted on to do things every single night. And when things aren't going our way, that [third] guy tends to change."
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and his predecessor, Randy Carlyle, have had the same issue.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Coach Bruce Boudreau has already made Horcoff part of the Ducks' leadership group, five or six players Boudreau consults when making decisions on travel, practices and other matters. It's significant that Horcoff earned that honor so quickly, reflecting the respect the Ducks have for his 14-season career and their belief he can make an impact beyond his versatility as a penalty killer and bottom-six center or winger.
Horcoff said he chose the Ducks because he thought they'd give him the best possible chance to finally win the Stanley Cup, a quest he missed out on with the runner-up Edmonton Oilers in 2006. The Ducks chose him because they think he can help lead them to the championship that has eluded them the past few seasons.
"To play at 37 you have to do something right a lot," Boudreau said. "You have to stay in great shape. You have to be a good player. You have to be a good team player. You've got to be smart, and isn't that what you want in a leader as well?"
It sums up what the Ducks expect from Horcoff, who spent most of his NHL career with the Oilers — including three seasons as their captain — before spending the last two seasons in Dallas. Boudreau has had Horcoff center for Patrick Maroon and Max Friberg in training camp, and Horcoff has held up well through days designed to be grueling.
"Bruce had a meeting with five or six of us before the camp started and said, 'Listen, we're going to be hard. We're going to go hard. We want to be the best in-shape team. We want to be the fastest team out there, and camp's going to be tough and we want the older guys to lead the way in intensity,' " Horcoff said. "And I've seen that. It's been hard. It's been a tough camp so far, but that's the best way to have it."
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
It is indeed a new day for Kevin Bieksa. New city, new colors, new coaches, new teammates.
Ah, new teammates. Once he was traded to the Ducks and promptly signed a two-year contract extension with his new team, Bieksa received well wishes from franchise bedrocks Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry – with whom he had numerous run-ins on the ice for a decade.
And when Bieksa went out to dine with Perry and Ryan Kesler, his teammate-turned-foe-turned-teammate again, the three of them couldn’t ignore the delicious slice of irony in front of them.
So what happens when three proud and fierce combatants gather socially?
“That was weird at first but after a while, we were just kind of laughing about it all and saying who would have thought that me, Kes and Perry would be sitting at a table having a drink together,” Bieksa said Friday as the Ducks officially opened their training camp at Anaheim Ice.
“That’s the way it is and I think it’s pretty seamless.”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
With the Kings out of the playoffs and time on his hands, Darryl Sutter had an unusually productive summer on his farm in Canada.
"It was funny being home that long," he said.
With the sting of another Game 7 playoff loss sharpening each time that friends told Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau his team had given the Chicago Blackhawks a good fight in the Western Conference final, Boudreau had a short but aggravating summer.
"It goes from being OK, once you've decompressed and thinking that it's a good year, to thinking you don't get that many chances to win the Cup and hopefully that wasn't our last chance," he said.
As the Kings and Ducks gear up for their first on-ice training camp sessions Friday — the Kings at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and the Ducks at Anaheim Ice — both coaches have their eyes on the prize and on each other.
from Larry Pynn of the Vancouver Sun,
National Hockey League defenceman Clayton Stoner of the Anaheim Ducks is facing five charges under the Wildlife Act related to the trophy hunting of a large male grizzly bear beloved by aboriginals on B.C.’s central coast.
The B.C.-born Stoner is charged with two counts of making a false statement to obtain a licence on May 22, 2013, as well as one count of hunting without a licence, one count of hunting wildlife out of season, and one count of unlawful possession of dead wildlife — the latter three offences allegedly taking place on May 28, 2013. Stoner is scheduled to appear in Vancouver provincial court on Oct. 9.
Stoner’s shooting of the five-year-old grizzly affectionately known as Cheeky draws immediate comparisons to the case of an American dentist charged with the illegal trophy hunting in July of a 14-year-old male lion named Cecil, outside Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park in Africa.
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