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Video- The ‘Rope A Dope’ From Brad Marchand

Jack Edwards with the call.


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Why Darryl Sutter Returned To Hockey

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

The Ducks made Darryl Sutter an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Of course, he could have said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” and remained on his family’s farm near the tiny Canadian hamlet of Viking, Alberta, a contented man after winning two Stanley Cup championships in a remarkable three-season span with the Kings.

But something about Dallas Eakins’ coaching style and Bob Murray’s friendship and a chance to forge ahead in a new direction, in a new role, appealed to Sutter. He couldn’t stay away, even if it meant swapping allegiances in a fierce Southern California hockey rivalry.


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John Gibson Leading The Anaheim Ducks To Their Surprising Start

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Anaheim Ducks coach Dallas Eakins goes strong to the net when he describes his goalie John Gibson’s best attribute.

“John Gibson has a massive amount of leadership skills in him and he’s the best goalie in the game,” Eakins said.

What is indisputable is Gibson is at the top of the NHL goalie statistics in the first week of the NHL season and he’s the primary reason why the team is off to a 3-0 start.  He has stopped 98 of 101 shots for a .970 save percentage.

“I can’t imagine anything better for a team,” Eakins said. “That kid is so dialed in and the leadership is oozing out of him.”


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Rickard Rakell Could See His Offensive Numbers Increase Under Dallas Eakins

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

Rickard Rakell didn’t enjoy playing in Randy Carlyle’s old-school offensive system. It was too predictable, too restrictive and led to a significant drop in the left wing’s production last season, when he scored only 18 goals after consecutive seasons of 30 or more.

The Ducks scored an NHL-low 199 goals, which helped to explain why they finished sixth in the eight-team Pacific Division and failed to advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2012. It also helped to explain why Carlyle was fired as coach and replaced by Dallas Eakins.

Change has been good, according to Rakell.

“It’s a different energy around the whole team, getting this practice facility and all the seriousness about everything when it comes to food, sleep, recovery and practice,” Rakell said. “You can really notice the difference. They’ve given us all the tools. For us, everybody is just excited.

“We don’t have anything to lose.”


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All Ryan Getzlaf

from Kyle Shohara of AnaheimDucks.com,

What excites you about the upcoming season?

I'm excited about going into camp with the changes we've made, and obviously the coaching staff. Sometimes when those things happen it creates a bit of a buzz and a different look going into training camp, which is exciting for me because I've been to 14 training camps or so. Sometimes it gets a little monotonous. It's nice to have an exciting year and a lot of young players who are here to push for spots and push us forward.

With what you know about this team, what can you say to some of the experts who aren't expecting much from the Ducks next season?

We're going to go out and play and put our best team on the ice. I know one thing about this organization - I've been here 14 years and we've never taken a season to rebuild. The one thing we've always tried to do is rebuild on the go. We're going to have to do the same thing again. I'm pretty confident we can be competitive next year. We'll see how it goes.


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Video- Season Preview For The Anaheim Ducks

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen and NHL Network's Mike Johnson look at the biggest questions facing the Anaheim Ducks this season and make their highly anticipated playoff predictions.


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Habs Send Nicolas Deslauriers To Anaheim

MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that the Canadiens have acquired the Anaheim Ducks' fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Nicolas Deslauriers.

In 106 games with the Canadiens over the last two seasons, Deslauriers amassed 12 goals and 19 points. He also dished out 373 hits.

The 28-year-old LaSalle, QC native registered two goals and five points in 48 games this past year.

Deslauriers was acquired by Montreal in October 2017 in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

He was a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings - selected 84th overall - in the 2009 NHL Draft.

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Anaheim Ducks Sign Three Of Their Own

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Ryan Miller, defenseman Korbinian Holzer and center Derek Grant to one-year contract extensions through the 2019-20 NHL season.

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Goodbye Corey Perry

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

Finally, those who doubted Corey Perry’s hockey future might be right.

It just took 14 seasons, four All-Star games and 372 goals.

They might not be right either.

The Ducks bought out Perry’s contract Wednesday. He had lost a step while the NHL had gained two. He wasn’t a first-line player anymore. Nobody inside the franchise could stomach watching him play on the fourth.

The quickest way to feel old is to watch Perry, 34, grow old, because he always played like Ryan Getzlaf’s rambunctious little brother. They were born six days apart, and Perry kept going where he didn’t belong, emerging with a goal, a welt and a smirk. That was his personal hat trick.

“People didn’t realize he was such a big guy,” said Sean O’Donnell, who played with and against Perry and shared that Stanley Cup in 2007. “But he had that baby face and that little head. He’d go to the net and stay there no matter what you did to him, and he’d figure out a way to score and you never knew how he did it.

“You loved him as a teammate because he would do anything to win. You didn’t like him as an opponent because he was a pain in the butt.”


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Anyone Want Corey Perry?

via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks are in the process of finalizing paperwork to buy out Corey Perrythis morning, according to TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli.

Perry is not expected to be placed on waivers due his no-movement clause. He has two years left on his deal with a cap hit of $8.6 million.

Last season, Perry had just 10 points in 31 games played with the Ducks last season. He is coming off meniscus and MCL injuries and missed the first five months of the season after knee injury. 

He was drafted by the Ducks in the first round (28th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. Perry won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, and won the Hart and Rocket Richard trophies in 2011. 



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