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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Anton Khudobin.
“James is a veteran defenseman who has proven his ability to produce offensively,” said Francis. “He has a big, right-handed shot, and he will be an important part of our blueline and power play moving forward.”
Wisniewski, 31, completed his 10th NHL season in 2014-15, totaling eight goals and 26 assists (34 points) in 69 games with Columbus and Anaheim. The Canton, MI, native ranked tied for third among NHL defensemen in power-play goals (7). He played 56 games for the Blue Jackets before being acquired by Anaheim at the trade deadline in exchange for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Sorry for the typo in original headline.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a second-round selection (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft from New Jersey in exchange for right wing Kyle Palmieri.
Palmieri, 24 (2/1/91), appeared in 198 career NHL games for Anaheim, collecting 43-46=89 points with a +11 rating and 90 penalty minutes (PIM). He also played 17 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, earning 6-2=8 points with 18 PIM. Selected by Anaheim in the first round (26th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Palmieri ranked tied for second among team leaders in power-play goals (5) and tied for third in power-play points (11) last season.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The hottest goal scorer on the NHL’s unrestricted free agent market will likely be wearing a new sweater next season.
The Anaheim Ducks have made one last offer to winger Matt Beleskey prior to July 1, according to general manager Bob Murray, but the team appears ready to cut ties if the breakout sniper doesn’t drop his asking price.
“It’s a bumpy road right now. I’m not going to lie. We’re going to take one more shot at it, and then we’ll have to move on,” Murray told Hockey Central at Noon Monday.
“You gotta protect yourself. It’s not just the contract this year; it’s what it does to your team in future years. You’ve gotta be looking one, three, five, seven years out. You gotta see what that contract does to you, the term of it. There’s lots of things that go into this that people don’t see right off the bat.”
via Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Surgery on Nate Thompson's left shoulder Thursday revealed two labral tears that will cause the Ducks center to miss the first two months of the 2015-16 season.
A Ducks spokesman said Friday that Thompson will need five to six months of recovery, which could take his return into December. Thompson first hurt his shoulder on April 11 during the team's regular-season finale at Arizona....
The Ducks could enter 2015-16 with Chris Wagner as an option at fourth-line center or possibly address the position with a move over the summer. Wagner is a restricted free agent that will need to be re-signed....
One option no longer available to them is former prospect William Karlsson. Karlsson was sent to Columbus at the March 2 trade deadline in a package that brought the Ducks veteran defenseman James Wisniewski.
Wisniewski did not appear in any playoff games with the Ducks as they used the same six on defense but he still has two years left on a contract that'll pay him $5 million in 2015-16 and $3 million in 2016-17, making the defender part of their plans unless they attempt to move his salary.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
What I’m saying is that a series once deemed a certain classic because of how little separated the two teams ended up leaving an aftertaste that was far from classic. Unless you enjoy guzzling milk that’s gone bad.
The Ducks, in the context for the NHL’s conference finals, were utterly dominated when it mattered most, Chicago squeezing the life from them and the drama from a series that deserved a real Game 7 and not just a seventh game.
History will suggest the Ducks were close. Reality will insist they were close for a while but not in the end. Not really.
For me, Game 6 will go down as the most memorable, most memorable in the sense it was staggeringly forgettable.
It would be bad enough for me to say the Ducks showed up not ready to play a game in which they could clinch a berth in Stanley Cup Final. It’s something decidedly worse for their captain to say that.
If you’ve read anything I’ve written the past several days, you know I’ve mentioned this more than once already. But that’s only because it’s something that, in dissecting what just happened to the Ducks and exploring what could happen to them next, can’t be mentioned enough.
“I’m not 100 percent convinced he’s not getting (fired). I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m just saying that I know the relationship there is not great between Murray and Boudreau.
“I think it would be crazy. I think Murray would be smart to wait one more year and just see how this group does and how he does with them. But I know that their relationship isn’t great, so that always complicates things.”
-Elliotte Friedman on Fan590 radio today. More from Chris Nichols of Today's Slapshot.
added 2:53pm, Video of Friedman's segment is below...
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