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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Kesler looks around him and sees a team that’s going to contend for years to come.
"The most exciting part about it is just how young the team is, we've got a lot of cap room to use, I like the way our team is set up," he said. "We've got guys with experience who settle down the younger guys. I just like the makeup of our team."
The 30-year-old Michigan native has another year left on his deal after this season, and in a perfect world his stay in Anaheim with his wife and three young kids will last much longer than that. An extension would probably appeal to him when the time is right.
"The way the team is made up, how young and how good a contender this team is, yeah, I love it here," Kesler said. "That would be the perfect situation, yes."
more on Kesler as the Ducks prepare to play the Kings tonight.
Darryl Sutter mentioned post-practice today that some of the Kings are now ill but no excuses.
via Helene Elliott tweets,,,
Ducks say Perry, Beauchemin have a type of viral glandular infection. Perry went to hospital for IV for two days, Beauchemin didn't go (more
To hospital. Perry and Beauchemin not allowed into practices, sort of quarantined pending results of tests. Results e pegged Wednesday.
Perry and Beauchemin recovering at home, Ducks say. Club expects to say more tomorrow after getting results of tests on Perry, Beauchemin
from Dan Murphy of Sportsnet,
Sportsnet had a chance to sit down Ryan Kesler at the Ducks practice facility in Anaheim on Saturday morning to talk about the upcoming game against his former team. You can certainly tell Kesler is certainly happy in Orange County. Here are some excerpts from the interview
On why he thinks it was the right time to move on
Talking with my agent and Jim [Benning] and Trevor [Linden] I just came to the understanding that it was time to go. Other than that I think it’s a private conversation for details and stuff like that. I was stuck in a rut and 11 years in a city is a long time. If you asked me I thought I would retire as a Canuck and obviously that didn’t happen and a new chapter is starting and I’m excited for this opportunity.
On the move to Anaheim
It’s a new chapter. I’m extremely excited about it. But saying that you miss your teammates, your old teammates and friends. Kevin [Bieksa], Alex [Burrows], and the Sedins. You play with them for 11 years and you grow bonds with them and that’s probably the biggest thing I’m going to miss. This chapter I’m growing new bonds with my teammates and we’re a pretty good team so it’s pretty exciting to come to the rink everyday and succeed.
continued and note tthe video on the linked page is geo blocked, only Canadian IPs can see the video...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The news was good on Frederik Andersen who is only day to day with leg tightness. Not so good was the news that prized rookie John Gibson, is out "approximately" six weeks with a groin injury. Notice the word approximately. In fact, it’s possible it’s longer than that.
In any case, we hear the Ducks have begun to look at their goalie options if indeed they decide to add some insurance in goal. Obviously you’ve got unrestricted free agents such as Martin Brodeur, Tomas Vokoun and Ilya Bryzgalov out there, in addition to the trade route.
Certainly Bryzgalov is an interesting possibility given his prior history with the Ducks.
Again, the Ducks may do nothing and just wait it out, but what we’re hearing is that they’re at least looking at what’s out there.
read on for topics such as the Penguins, Spezza contract and Semin in the dog house.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Six of the last 10 Cup winners ranked in the top five in goals-against average during the regular season, including each of the last five. That's powerful motivation for the Ducks' early emergence as a committed defensive team.
"Yeah. Who'd have thunk?" Coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday, after the Ducks ended a trip to Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado with a 3-1 record and only five goals against.
"It's good. I firmly believe that if we can keep them to two goals or under that we've got enough offense to win the game."
They're scoring less, averaging 2.69 goals per game, compared to 3.15 through their first 13 games last season, but their team goals-against average of 1.85 ranks second in the NHL and is down from the 2.54 they posted through 13 games last season.
They've allowed two goals or fewer 10 times, compared with seven times in the first 13 games last season. Their penalty-killing is better, too, operating at a seventh-ranked 86.4%. Their efficiency rate was a 29th-ranked 75.6% at this stage last season.
more plus a few more NHL topics...
from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
Gabe Landeskog may be looking at a suspension from the NHL after his hit against Corey Perry in the waning seconds of the Avalanche’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Colorado on Sunday.
Landeskog could receive a suspension in the neighborhood of 1-3 games, if we judge by recent penalties levied by the NHL....
On the hit, Landeskog approaches Perry in the corner of the Ducks’ zone. The problem with the hit was that Landeskog’s point of impact was Perry’s head. The Colorado captain rose up off his skates and delivered an elbow to Perry’s head.
Here is the hit and to me, Corey Perry did a bit of a sell job on the hit but I would agree with the charging call but nothing else.
The Avs play at home tomorrow against Vancouver and you would think they would have heard something from the league by now.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
"I've been in some sticky situations in my career," he said after a 16-save effort in the Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, "but that was probably the hardest."
None of his teammates thought to save the game puck for LaBarbera after his improbable performance on two hours' sleep in a game he didn't know he'd start until John Gibson suffered a lower-body injury during warmups Sunday. But LaBarbera, signed last summer for minor league depth and summoned Sunday to be a backup after Frederik Andersen developed muscle tightness, will have the memory of how he stepped in on a few minutes' notice and worked behind teammates who went out of their way to block shots and minimize the dangerous chances he faced.
"I'm still in la-la land right now. It feels like a dream, to be honest with you," said the 34-year-old goalie, who last earned an NHL victory on Oct. 7, 2013 while playing for Edmonton. "I don't even know what happened."
via the Situation Room blog,
At 7:20 of the first period in the Anaheim Ducks/Colorado Avalanche game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the rebound deflected off of Corey Perry and into the Colorado net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 78.4 "If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed." Good goal Anaheim.
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