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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Sunday's ceremony also will honor the deep relationship he built with fans, especially here. Often when he was late for the bus or dinner, it was because he felt compelled to sign every piece of paper a fan thrust at him and pose with everyone who wanted a photo. He couldn't disappoint anyone. Fans knew how much he loved the game and loved him for it, some to the extremes of requesting his chewed-up chicken bones in a Winnipeg restaurant or tattooing his likeness on their bodies.
"He's a pretty special player and person. I've played with a lot of guys, not a lot who have the connection to the fans that he has," said Scott Niedermayer, his teammate on the Ducks' 2007 Cup championship team and now a Ducks assistant coach. "That's one of the great things about him, beyond the stats."
Selanne still lives in Orange County and envisions staying here indefinitely. "I call it my Happy Place," he said. "The Ducks organization has been so important for me. That relationship we have had is something really special. I'm very thankful I was able to play for a long time, and I had my best years here. The people, the fans, they have treated me so well here."
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
I'm a bit confounded by the news of several teams challenging the no-practice, no-travel mandate over the NHL's holiday break. As governed by article 16.5 of the collective bargaining agreement, Dec. 24-26 are supposed to be mandatory days off for players, during which they cannot be asked to practice or travel for any reason, yet we've seen several reports lately of teams potentially violating this rule.
Most recently, the Philadelphia Flyers were hit with a fine after it was revealed they traveled to Nashville on Dec. 26. First of all, where are the NHLPA representatives from each team on this? Seems that they should be raising a hand to prevent clubs from infringing upon their right to have time off, as spelled out explicitly by the CBA.
Secondly, if clubs are going to spurn the mandate anyway, holding "optional" practices -- ones that surely feel anything but optional -- then what was the point of including that in the CBA in the first place? It seems that both the NHL and the NHLPA need to take a hard look at why it's there and how enforcement can be improved.
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“The moment I thought the referees were off the ice, I was taking out my own frustration. I’m an adult. It shouldn’t be at that point. We shouldn’t be sitting here talking about the referees after two great teams played hockey. But we are.
“I felt like the game just – it got out of hand. … I accept full responsibility for my stupidity and my role in that. That was my fault. That won’t happen again from my teammates and me.”
-Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks talking post-game about his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. More on the Ducks 3-0 loss to the San Jose Shark by Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
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from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
Ryan Getzlaf said he was not encouraged by a Ducks official to stage the team practice he arranged Friday during the NHL’s mandatory holiday dead period.
The NHL is investigating the practice because it happened during a time that was negotiated through the collective-bargaining agreement as a mandatory three-day break.
A league spokesman said the NHL wants to know whether Getzlaf acted on his own or was urged by anyone in the organization to gather the players.
Getzlaf, the Ducks’ captain who ranks second in the NHL with 30 assists, said Tuesday that he informed Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau about the Friday practice before it happened.
“He [Getzlaf] said that’s what he wanted to do, and I said, ‘OK, fine,’ ” Boudreau said. “To this day, I don’t know what time they skated, don’t know how many guys were there. I’m glad they did, but it was all Ryan’s idea.”
Getzlaf said he rented ice for teammates “because I felt I needed to skate. We had [children] on the ice, very informal, we kind of putted around for 20 minutes.”
from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
The NHL is investigating circumstances of a Ducks practice on Friday that the team says was organized by team captain Ryan Getzlaf, the team confirmed Monday.
The probe was first reported by TVA Sports in Montreal.
“The league did contact us [Monday] and we spoke to them,” Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said in a prepared statement released by the Ducks. “Getzlaf did make ice available to teammates and paid a local coach, [who] ran it. There were no Ducks coaches present and hockey operations [staff] were all out of town.”
A Ducks spokesman said no coach or front office official instructed Getzlaf to arrange the session at the team’s practice facility, the Rinks in Anaheim, and it’s unclear how many players attended.
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In fact, were you looking for a positive spin, one could promote it as a superb display of playing the game standing still, which is what many of the Vancouver forwards did most of the night.
-Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province on the 2-1 OT loss by Vancouver to Anaheim last night. More from Gallagher on the game.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Captain Shane Doan had converted nearly 31 percent of his shootout attempts over the span of his career, but he hadn't been able to earn a spot in the Coyotes rotation this season until Saturday.
And apparently the wait meant plenty of time to tap into his creativity.
Doan made a memorable debut as he used a stick-shattering shot to finally solve the Ducks' Frederik Andersen in the fourth round of the shootout, which dealt the Coyotes a 2-1 win in front of 13,656 at Gila River Arena in their return from the three-day Christmas break.
"He didn't show me that move in practice," coach Dave Tippett said. "He shows me that move in practice, maybe I'd use him a little more."
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The Duck went on to beat the Sharks in OT.
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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Some notes, quotes and other musings from the Ducks’ 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night …
Let’s look at Bryzgalov. The Ducks are paying him some real good money to be a No. 3 option who has to be the No. 2 for now as they opted to have John Gibson get well in Norfolk. General Manager Bob Murray was watching his investment ($2.88-million salary cap hit, $1.9-million actual money) blow up in his first start from high up in Canadian Tire Centre.
Every shot began to look like an adventure after a while but this was the wild ride Murray signed up for in the mercurial Bryzgalov when his goaltending beyond Frederik Andersen was either on the training table (Gibson) or wrapped up in a bandage (Jason LaBarbera).
Suddenly LaBarbera didn’t look so much like a feared option if or when things get desperate. And Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, when asked if it was a tough spot to put Bryzgalov in at the end of a nine-day road trip, didn’t jump in defend the dismal outing even when the rest of his tired team disintegrated around the netminder.
“It’s a tough spot but Freddie played 20 games in a row and it’s not like Bryz is a first-year player,” Boudreau said. “He knows what he’s done. He’s been practicing for two weeks. He’s played two games in the minors. Played the third period or more than a period and a bit in Toronto.
“He’s practiced. He should have been ready. And he should be ready.”
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