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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?
Puck drops just after 9:00pm ET today and is on NBCSN, TSN and RDS.
Time to sit back and enjoy the game and I think the Ducks will move on.
The Ducks and their fans have good reason to enter Game 7 loose and free. The Kings, not so much. A second-round loss could have GM Dean Lombardi answering questions he hasn’t had to for a couple years, particularly when no one on the 2014-15 roster has a no-movement clause.
-Matt Larkin of The Hockey News. Read more about these two teams...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register at the Los Angeles Register,
There have been dueling car flags on the streets and battling billboards along the freeways. Perhaps some split households, too, with Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf enjoying the sight of a strolling couple adorned with opposing jerseys.
The back-and-forth series is at its logical conclusion. The Kings came into Orange County and won twice, while the Ducks answered with two in downtown L.A. The Ducks set to advance after winning Game 5, the Kings staying alive by capturing Game 6.
Four games decided by a single goal. The other two separated by just two goals. The Kings with 13 goals in all, the Ducks’ total the same.
It is down to one dealing a heavy dose of disappointment to the other for the right to face the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals that will begin Sunday.
“I think we knew what kind of team they were, coming from 3-0 down the previous series,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said Thursday. “We knew things weren’t going to be easy or quick, and we’d have to fight for everything we got. So Game 7 is pretty fitting.
“It’s one game, in our building, and we’ve played well here and we’re comfortable here. It’s going to be a great atmosphere.”
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