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“It seems like there’s a whole lot of players have gone south at the same time in a week. Rather than one guy having a bad week, it seems like everybody’s done that all at once here now.”
-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks. More on the Ducks who are 4-5-1 from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
“I didn’t know he was going to dive tonight the way he did, all over the (expletive) ice. That part of it’s a little embarrassing, pardon my language. He’s a great player. He’s going to score goals and make plays. That other stuff’s embarrassing.”
-Ryan Getzlaf on Alex Ovechkin. More post-game talk from the Ducks after a 5-3 loss to the Capitals from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
Perhaps Getzlaf was upset about this hit from Ovechkin which you can watch below...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Losing in one-sided fashion to a team that could be the Stanley Cup Final representative out of the Eastern Conference is one thing. Getting boat-raced for a second straight time, this one at the hands of a young Panthers squad for the second time this season is another.
There is a real air of concern around the Ducks now. Not in the sense of a strong season falling apart but more in that they’re now failing to correct the problems that creep into their game from time to time.
Defense and goaltending have been their running chief question marks and they didn’t provide any hopeful answers against a team that’s still a year away from playoff competition.
“I don’t want to single anybody out or anything but I mean we’re concerned with the amount of goals we’re giving up,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’re a team that was in the top 10 defensively last year. And we think we’re a better team. We’re concerned about it.”
Maybe Luongo was just toying with the Ducks, Florida won 6-2.
Andersen is on short-term IR.
from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,
Clearly, Buffalo would demand silver and gold for Myers. It would gravely pain Bob Murray, the general manager, to give up Vatanen and Nick Ritchie, the power forward who was last year’s No. 1 draft choice. Centers Rickard Rakell and William Karlsson would be candidates too, as would incipient free agent Matt Beleskey.
But there comes a time to stop postponing the future. Especially when Myers would still be part of that future.
The Ducks won the Cup in 2007 They have won two playoff series since. Their two essential players, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, are right in the sweet spot, both turning 30 in May.///
So Lombardi would be wildly disinclined to trade Justin Williams, the Conn Smythe winner. But Williams becomes a free agent this summer, as does Jarret Stoll. Given that Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are tomorrow’s offense, and that everyone else either makes too much money or isn’t that trade-valuable, what else do you do?
The other scenario, hatched in Toronto, has the Kings getting Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf for Richards in a big salary swap. Phaneuf played for Darryl Sutter in Calgary. Nothing else about it makes sense.
Give the Kings a week of wins and you can see another Stanley Cup coming to shore. But you’d rather be the team that trades because it wants to, not because it must.
The goal stands...
via the CP at TSN,
Canucks forward Derek Dorsett left the game a few minutes earlier with an upper-body injury after taking a hit from Ryan Kesler and did not return. Replays appeared to show that Kesler, who was dealt from Vancouver to Anaheim in the off-season, made contact with Dorsett's head on the play.
"I haven't seen it yet. All I know is I was going for the puck and I felt him hit," said Kesler. "I hope he's all right, it's unfortunate, it's a fast game out there. I was just going for the puck, trying to make a hockey play."
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province who refers to Kesler as "The Tool"...
... the tool got one over on the Canucks Tuesday and did it on a couple of fronts.
With a clear headshot, complete with an elbow follow-through, Kesler knocked Derek Dorsett out of the game. The Canucks lost their scrappy, energizing bulldog who on many nights has been their only physical, impact player.
more on Kesler...
Watch the hit below...
If you missed the hit it can be viewed here.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
They could be without Booth, who departed in the third after skating into a stiff elbow from Sami Vatanen....
Horachek did say a Marlie call-up was likely with Booth possibly concussed.
more on the Leafs' 4-0 loss to the Ducks...
Here is the hit and no penalty on the play and the CP at TSN on the elbow
David Booth went to the Leafs' dressing room in the third period after checking Sami Vatanen and getting hit in the head by an inadvertent elbow.
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