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from Ryan Kesler at The Players' Tribune,
I wanted a trade out of Vancouver this offseason for several reasons. That’s no disrespect to the fans, my teammates, or Canucks ownership, but I think both sides needed a change. I’ve got three kids at home; I just wanted a more normal life for them away from the rink. Playing in Canada can be a fishbowl not just for players but for families, too. That said, this was really hard. I know you read that all the time, but Vancouver was my home since I was 19. I grew up with Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows, and the Sedins. These guys will always be my close friends. One day you wake up and you realize, Wow, I’m really leaving my buddies. It’s weird because I spent all summer preparing for a move, but when I actually got the call from my agent that I was headed to Anaheim, a little bit of anxiety rushed in.
My first thought was: Sunshine. Shorts and flip flops. Nice.
My second thought was: Getzlaf and Perry. Interesting.
Then came a rush of really complicated thoughts: How am I going to tell my 6-year-old daughter that she has to say goodbye to her best friends? What happens with my Canadian bank account? How do those taxes work? Where do I live? How do you even move furniture and stuff?
added 1:53pm, Florida release is below.
Hope Brad Marchand is OK after this....
And Corey Perry once again being Corey Perry,
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return to his family home in Philadelphia and not play for the remainder of the regular season. Bryzgalov was assigned to Norfolk on Feb. 24 and made the decision after discussing the situation with his family and agent Ritch Winter.
Bryzgalov and Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray made the following comments:
added 10:38am, Montreal press release is below...
from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
The deteriorating experiment with veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov reached a new low Sunday when the Ducks placed him on waivers.
Other NHL teams are free to claim Bryzgalov through Monday at 9 a.m. If he goes unclaimed, the Ducks and the goalie will determine his future, which could result in a demotion to minor-league Norfolk or the outside possibility of retirement.
The Ducks owe Bryzgalov an estimated $1.9 million this season, and team officials privately have said the veteran could still be used later given his experience and the fact the team used three goalies last postseason.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
February is turning out to be the cruelest month for the Anaheim Ducks. Cruising along atop the Pacific Division standings and in the hunt for top spot in the Western Conference -- and the entire league -- for much of the season, the Ducks have just one win in their last six outings after a lackluster 4-1 defeat at home to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Ducks have given up 23 goals over that span and their defense corps, at least a modest question mark earlier in the season, is now in crisis mode with the loss of Sami Vatanen for at least a month. Forward Matt Beleskey is also out two to four weeks, giving general manager Bob Murray a lot more to deal with as the trade deadline looms on March 2. Rookie goalie John Gibson took the loss Wednesday night, his second in a row, and with Frederik Andersen still on the shelf it doesn't look like there will be an easy solution to the Ducks' travails.
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via the Anaheim Ducks,
Ducks winger Matt Beleskey is out 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, and defenseman Sami Vatanen is out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced today.
Both injuries were suffered in the first period of Sunday night's 5-3 defeat to the Washington Capitals at Honda Center.
The 26-year-old Beleskey has a career-high 21 goals in 56 games with the Ducks this season, including an NHL-best eight game-winning goals.
The 23-year-old Vatanen has 12 goals and 22 assists in 57 games games this season. His 34 points lead all Ducks defensemen and rank him fourth on the team overall.
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Ducks were already looking at the blue-line market, but now, with a minute-eating defenseman like Vatanen (third on team at 21:40 minutes per game) and a scorer like Beleskey (21 goals) gone for a while, I’m guessing Ducks general manager Bob Murray will look more aggressively to add a piece both on the back end and up front. There's no official announcement yet about exactly how long Vatanen and Beleskey will be out, but it doesn’t sound good.
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