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In the first minute of the video, Pierrre LeBrun and Scott Burnside wrap-up the Ducks/Kings game from last night. Then they move on to talk the future of Ryan Getzlaff and Corey Perry, what happens if either player is not signed by trade deadline day? They finish the video discusssing the LA Kings.
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau would only simply say "maybe" when it came to whether he read Drew Doughty's comments about the Kings being a better team but it was painfully obvious that he's already taken note of them.
Ahead of Monday night's latest Ducks-Kings matchup, Doughty said to the Los Angeles Times: "To see them up there, a team in our division, a team that I think all of us in here feel for sure that we're a better team than them, that kind of makes us frustrated and not happy with the way our season's gone so far."
Boudreau took the Lou Holtz approach in addressing what the star Kings defenseman said.
"Well, they are the Stanley Cup champions," he said. "They are the better team. We’re just the little guys trying to do good."
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Despite winning three straight games and five of their last six, the Kings aren't the NHL's hottest team. They're not even the hottest team in Southern California.
The Ducks, who will face the Kings on Monday at Staples Center, have the league's longest active winning streak at six — all come-from-behind victories — and have won 10 of 11 to rank second in the NHL with 27 points. But to have both the Kings and Ducks playing well as they meet for the second time this season should make this encounter far more than just another game in February.
"To me, it's the ultimate test," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday after his team improved to 13-2-1 with a 4-3 overtime victory over Colorado at Honda Center.
"They're playing like they played in the playoffs last year. I watch every one of their games and they're just flat-out good. And [Jonathan] Quick is good and he's playing like he's the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. ... They're as good a test as you're going to find in this game today."
from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,
Brian Burke was back in familiar surroundings Sunday and declared himself ready to resume his partnership with the Anaheim Ducks, however brief it might be.
"It's a familiar feeling to walk back in the building," Burke said. "I have a lot of respect for [Ducks general manager] Bob Murray. I think he's a real good hockey guy. We've worked together, worked in Vancouver, worked here. I think he's an excellent GM, and I hope my experience can help at some points, and it's nice to be back."
Burke was hired as a part-time professional scout this week for Anaheim, the team that he built into a rough-and-skilled Stanley Cup champion in 2007. Murray and the Ducks reached out to the Toronto Maple Leafs about employing Burke, who was fired Jan.9 as their GM.
Burke said his gig will run through the end of this season. He plans on getting up to speed on his former team and will watch their American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, next weekend. He remains based in Toronto and is employed by it in a non-hockey role.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Brian Burke to a part-time professional scouting position within the organization.
“We are happy to welcome Brian back to the organization,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Anytime you can add a person of his quality to your staff, it makes your organization better. We’ve had success working together before and look forward to doing it again.”
Burke returns to the Ducks after originally serving as Executive Vice President/General Manager from 2005-08. Over his three-plus seasons with the organization, the Ducks captured their first Stanley Cup (2007), first Pacific Division title (2007) and first two 100+ point seasons (2006-07 & 2007-08). The Ducks also qualified for the postseason in all three seasons, winning six of eight playoff series over that span.
added 2:00pm, via a Toronto Maple Leafs release,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that the team's Senior Advisor Brian Burke will assume a part-time pro scouting position with the Anaheim Ducks effective immediately.
"Brian and I discussed this opportunity after Anaheim approached the Leafs for permission to speak with him about a possible scouting role," said Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) President Tom Anselmi. "We both agreed that taking this role with Anaheim would best position Brian for his next general manager opportunity in the League. We have granted permission and we will terminate his consulting contract with MLSE so that he can pursue this role with Anaheim."
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Viktor Fasth to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
“Viktor has proven himself not only this year in the NHL, but the previous two seasons as the top goaltender in Sweden,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are pleased to be able to keep him and feel fortunate to have two top NHL goaltenders going forward.”
from Ken Baker of NHL.com,
KEN BAKER: You aren't a big goalie, but you look big in the net. What's your secret?
VIKTOR FASTH: I try to cut off the angle a little different than the taller goalies (Fasth is 6-foot, 186 pounds). And I try to play with big patience. If I go down on my knees too early, I will be opening up some holes top-shelf. So I have to play more patient than a taller goalie. I mean, I have to always be staying square to the puck and maybe get out toward the shooter a little more. The main thing is just patience. I stay on my feet as long as I can.
KB: And having big shoulder padding helps, right?
VF: I wear my shoulder and chest pads inside my pants. I have always done that. It works. I don't know if it's a big difference inside or out, but I like to have them tucked in my pants.
KB: Who were your goalie role models as a kid?
VF: Patrick Roy when I was growing up, and a Finnish goalie, Jarmo Myllys, who played for the [San Jose] Sharks in the '90s. And Swedish goalie Tommy Salo was a goalie I really looked up to. When you get older you try to watch as many goalies as possible to catch some things they are doing right.
Brad Staubitz received 5 for spearing, a 10 and game misconduct.
from Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Think maybe the Washington Capitals are having second thoughts about firing Bruce Boudreau after a 12-9-1 start last year? Since then, they’ve used Dale Hunter and now Adam Oates behind the bench and things are getting worse, not better. The Caps were 30th out of 30 teams entering play Thursday, which is also where they were when Boudreau took over from Glen Hanlon on an interim basis in November, 2007. Overall, Boudreau had a .672 winning percentage in Washington (201-88-40) and became the fastest coach in the NHL’s modern era to win 200 games. Oh and he has his current team, the Anaheim Ducks, off to a 7-1-1 start.
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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Viktor Fasth conquered his native Sweden the last two years and the Ducks were eager to get him to this continent and give themselves a backup goalie they could count on.
Forget about being a reliable backup. Fasth might be set on taking over the NHL.
Fasth stopped 31 shots for his fourth victory in as many starts and collected his first shutout Wednesday night as the Ducks defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-0, at Pepsi Center.
The Ducks (7-1-1) won their fourth in a row to start their six-game trip in style. Fasth, 30, became the first NHL goalie to win his first four games since Nolan Schaefer did it for San Jose in 2005.
Fasth again gave credit to the "guys battling in front of me."
"They make it much easier for me to play back there," he said. "I'm really enjoying playing for these guys. They're incredible in front of me."
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