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It Is A Rebuild For The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Treaford of the OC Register,

Ducks general manager Bob Murray delivered a message Wednesday. After talking around the subject publicly, and using other words to describe what he was doing to try to improve the franchise’s sagging fortunes, he finally uttered the words so many fans longed to hear over the past few years.

“We’re rebuilding,” Murray acknowledged during an informal, 40-minute conversation 24 hours before the Ducks open training camp at Great Park Ice.

Asked what he tells Ducks fans when they recognize him at the gas station or on the golf course, Murray said, “We’re sticking to our plan. We’re rebuilding. This is how we’re doing it. We’re being patient. Everything we’re going to do going forward, all the trades we make, everything is for the future at this point in time.

“As those things come along, we’ll keep adding to that core young group we have. Just be patient. Just enjoy watching the young kids now and, hopefully, some of the veterans come back (to form) and give you something to be happy about.”

Murray could have been busy this past summer, but he wasn’t. At least not in the way that captured headlines or generated a high volume of digital clicks, anyway.


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Ryan Kesler Understands He’ll Never Play Again In The NHL

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Ryan Kesler is still recovering from resurfacing surgery on his left hip in February and understands he'll never play in the NHL again.

The 37-year-old also had resurfacing surgery on his right hip May 9, 2019.

"I tried coming back on my first hip and I was working hard rehabbing and skating, and then my other hip went and blocked all my momentum," Kesler said. "And to be honest, I'm still a far way away to even coming close. I don't think I'll ever get to an NHL level again. I'm just hoping to get to a level that I'm happy at."

Kesler played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks but last played in the League with the Ducks in 2018-19.

He has one season remaining on a six-year contract he signed with Anaheim on July 15, 2015.

"It got to a point, my last couple years playing, I hated the game, I hated playing," he said. "Going to the rink, being in pain and then not being able to do what you normally do. Your mind wants you to do it and you just can't do it. That was when I knew, let's get something done, let's reset, let's try to get back to loving the game again. And I started loving the game again. I was trying to get back and skating and then my [left hip] went and I was like, 'You know what? I'm not going through this again.'


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Video- Saluting David Backes

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Blues honoured David Backes in what will probably be his last game in St. Louis, and after the game, Backes was emotional as he hugged his former teammates.


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They Once Were Good

from Mark Whicker of the Daily News

For a long time the Ducks were able to withstand the downforces. Beginning in 2006, they qualified 11 times in 13 seasons. In 2017, they lost the Western Conference Finals to Nashville, a six-game collision that bruised every crucial body part, the heart included.

But as they limped home, they still had much to anticipate.

Ryan Getzlaf was a point-a-game dynamo in those playoffs. Richard Rakell, 23, scored 33 goals that season. Goalie John Gibson and defensemen Josh Manson, Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour were all 25 or younger.

Four years later, in the merciful emptiness of Honda Center, the Ducks have produced the worst hockey in their 28-year history.

They have won three home games in regulation. Their current power-play percentage of 9.24 would be the worst in league history, wiping the ‘98 Lightning (9.38) off the books. In starker terms, Anaheim has scored 11 goals on its power plays and given up five.


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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Ryan Miller


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Bob Murray On The Anaheim Ducks And The Trade Deadline

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

“It’s quiet,’’ Murray said. “That’s the pandemic, the (flat) cap, expansion draft, would be the reasons for that in any order you want to put them in.’’...

There’s also the case of Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim’s longtime captain who is a pending UFA and who has full no-move clause. He’s not going anywhere unless he wants to. Murray has way too much respect for Getzlaf and has a strong relationship with him, he’s not going to ask him to waive. Getzlaf controls the process.

“I do have a good relationship with him and his agent and we do have an understanding, and I said this to him a long time ago, ‘If you do want to go to a contender, you got to come to me and tell me. And then we’ll sit down and discuss who may be interested and where would you want to go.'”

Murray said he just spoke with Getzlaf again before leaving for his trip last week and there was no evidence of his captain being interested in a move.

And in fact, there’s interest on Murray’s part in getting Getzlaf back on a new deal moving forward.

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No Coaching Change Expected In Anaheim

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Murray said Monday he has “total confidence in Dallas.” However, Murray said they’ve discussed bringing in an experienced assistant to work with Eakins, as Darryl Sutter did until Sutter took the Calgary Flames’ coaching job last week. “I think he’s doing a pretty good job right now, with everything that’s going on,” Murray said of Eakins. “I have no issues whatsoever.”

But Murray's team has issues. Lots of them. “I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. Our record is not good enough,” he said. “And I expected to be better and we’re not and there’s no sugarcoating it.”

Since he insisted: The Ducks’ average of 2.16 goals per game through Sunday’s action ranked 30th among 31 teams and their power play had converted a feeble 13.6% of its chances. They were 5-7-6 in one-goal games, occasions when a power-play goal or two could have made a difference. That failure is on the coaching staff and, ultimately, on Murray. The Ducks have had key injuries on defense, notably to Josh Manson and Hampus Lindholm, but most other teams have had similar problems.

Despite his insistence on not sugarcoating the situation, Murray found a shred of a silver lining in the team’s recent narrow losses. “I'm much more encouraged by our play this year than last year except for obviously, we’ve got to score some goals. The power play has to be better. It’s unacceptable the way the power play is now and that’s hurting us big-time,” he said.


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Kevin Shattenkirk To The Anaheim Ducks


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Ottawa Senators Acquire Erik Gudbranson From The Anaheim Ducks

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has acquired defenceman Erik Gudbranson from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a Senators' (previously acquired from Edmonton) fifth-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.

An Ottawa native, Gudbranson registered nine points (four goals, five assists) and 91 penalty minutes over 44 games in his lone season with the Ducks in 2019-20. He began the campaign with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he was held scoreless while recording four penalty minutes.

"Erik Gudbranson provides another sizable presence to our defence corps," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He's a reliable veteran who plays an intimidating style of game and someone who will add a combination of grit, energy and, most importantly, leadership to our lineup."

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No More Excuses For The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

General manager Bob Murray made it clear Wednesday he was fed up with the Ducks’ inconsistent play, their underachieving special teams and a lack of production from the many veterans who made up the core of their lineup during the 2019-20 season.

Murray also second-guessed himself for staying out of the dressing room in an attempt to give Dallas Eakins some space in his first season as the Ducks’ coach, a move that backfired when some of their youngest and least experienced players were given too much freedom.

“Accountability in this group is going to change,” Murray said during a 40-minute conference call with reporters that featured a review of last season and a preview of the next one, whenever it might begin. “I’ve had enough of ‘Well …, well …, well … .’”


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