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from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register,
The conditions might never be more ripe for a trade to land the critical big piece. Now it is up to the Ducks to pull it off.
Fifty-four wins and 116 points set franchise standards but all the Ducks were left with were memories of an awful Game 7 against the Kings and then watching them pass the Stanley Cup around to each other. Second-round exits don’t amount to very much.
And the Kings aren’t the only ones they are chasing, if you listen to one Bob Murray. “We're behind a bunch of teams,” the Ducks' general manager said.
So the Ducks are carrying around the 10th and 24th selections in the first round of the NHL draft that starts Friday in Philadelphia. They've also got two second-round picks. And they have their 2015 first-rounder to go with a bevy of young talent, all of which are “assets” as Murray's word of usage.
"I don't know if he's going to retire or not but I know he went home to think about it. I just felt we had younger players coming along that we had to move into the lineup. I thought it was best for this organization that we move forward a little bit.
"It was just time for me. And that [Koivu] was the hardest decision of the three, as you can well imagine. Again, Jonas did so much for us. But we have pretty good kids there, so the writing was on the wall there.
"But Saku, I had to do a lot of soul-searching on that one."
-Bob Murray, GM of the Anaheim Ducks when announcing Saku Koivu, along with Jonas Hiller and Daniel Winnik, would not be re-signed by the Ducks. More from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Louis Leblanc from Montreal in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Leblanc, 23 (1/26/91), has scored 5-5=10 points with a +4 rating and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens. Leblanc made his NHL debut with Montreal in 2011-12, leading team rookies in goals and ranking second in scoring (5-5=10) and assists. The 6-0, 180-pound center also appeared in eight games for the Canadiens in 2013-14, going scoreless with a +1 rating and four PIM.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register at the Los Angeles Register,
The Ducks need a second-line center who wins faceoffs, kills penalties, makes a difference on the power play, and plays in an anti-social manner.
Ryan Kesler won 52.6 percent of his faceoffs last year, scored nine of his 25 goals on the power play, played 21:48 per game as a center, and continued to win enemies throughout the NHL.
The Ducks have two first-round choices in the upcoming draft, at No. 10 and No. 24, and got 11 playoff goals from rookies or players under 23 years old.
The Vancouver Canucks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and their farm system is ranked 27th in the 30-team NHL by the website Hockey’s Future, for whatever that’s worth.
If there was a HockeyMingle.com website, this would be a 100 percent match.
In fact, the Ducks reportedly offered both first-round picks and two young players to Vancouver for Kesler, at the trade deadline.
from the Anaheim Ducks,
Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau talked to the media Monday afternoon during the Ducks' exit interview day, reflecting on the season and his team's disappointing end to the playoffs.
On reflecting on the season
We were the fifth-to-last team standing, and we’re talking as if we didn’t make the playoffs. We didn’t play well in Game 7, and I can’t see me saying that about any other game in the playoffs. We hate it, but at the same time, it is what it is.
You don’t like the outcome, but everything could have changed. We’re going to start in training camp, and we’re gonna be hungry to go again. Everyone as a team will want to do better than they did this year. That’s why you take two months off. You get a chance to regroup and everything. Right now, there are a lot of drained people, coaches as well.
We need to get our juices flowing again, and that will come by September. We should be able to do again what we did this year, I hope.
A little over three minutes of the Top 10 moments in Teemu Selanne's NHL career.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Selanne will finish with 1,457 points in 1,451 career regular season games. He will be eligible for induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame three years into his retirement – in the class of 2017.
“One way, it feels like yesterday, but in another way, it feels like a long time ago – and it goes fast. I always tell the young guys, enjoy every day because you know what? It goes like that – so quickly.
“I’ve been flirting with this decision for a long time. But the passion and the fun always brought me back. I still love this game – and I still know I can play. But it’s better this way, than having different situations.
“When I came here, in the 1995-96 season, I didn’t really know what to expect, but this turned out to be a home and a happy place for me and my family. Obviously, everything great has to end somewhere. It’s going to be, obviously, a lot of sadness about this, but overall, there’s going to be a lot of happiness too. It has been an unbelievable journey, and I’ve really been enjoying every day. Every morning, I drive here, with a smile on my face, win or lose. That’s why this is so important for me. My teammates, the trainers, my coaches - everybody in this organization has been so important for me.”
... The best being Corey Perry.
The NHL camera followed Teemu Selanne through the handshake line last night...
If your eyes are still dry after watching, let me know.
After the handshake line was complete, what did the LA Kings do?
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