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Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks rocks Teemu Hartikainen of the Edmonton Oilers.
Good, clean, hard hit, a joy to watch.
Video via Sportsnet, hit at the :15 second mark.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Bobby Heravi did not want his son, Faryan, to hear the doctor's verdict and so made sure the boy's head was turned away when he asked about his son's chances of surviving an aggressive form of lymphoma.
"With my mouth expression I said, 'What percent?' And the doctor just did this," Heravi said, splaying three fingers. "Because he was diagnosed as Stage 4. Stage 4 means terminal."
The family, which lives in Irvine, was at its lowest ebb last May when Faryan, a Ducks fan who played street hockey through the club's SCORE sports and educational program, was visited in the hospital by future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne. The Finnish winger is often asked to spend time with kids who are the toughest cases, the most seriously ill. Faryan was exhausted, his dark hair gone following grueling chemotherapy treatments.
Dave Steckel with a pop-up goal...
Steve Begin with two strange goals and Johan Franzen scores on a backhand from center ice, all wrapped up in one video below...
After losing to Colorado 4-1 last night...
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
Justin Schultz is not sure what to expect when he steps on the ice at the Honda Center Monday to face the Anaheim Ducks.
Perhaps the biggest boos will rain down from the seats of the Ducks executive, having failed to come to terms with the talented defenceman, allowing him to pick his destination.
Schultz will face the Ducks for the first time when the Oilers round out their four-game road trip against one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
"We'll see when game time comes, whatever happens, it is what it is," said Schultz. "I've thought about what it would be like. But I've played a lot of games before this, so we'll see what happens.
"But I think being able to get into the league and play a lot of games before coming here might make it a little easier."
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
The Ducks can use another impact forward, particularly a center that can anchor the second line. Neither Nick Bonino, still out because of a lower-body injury, nor Bobby Ryan or Peter Holland have been a solution there.
Because of the recent eight-year contract extensions to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, the Ducks would likely need to look at someone with an expiring contract given other existing big-money commitments to Ryan, Cam Fowler and Jonas Hiller.
The trade market isn't overflowing with top-flight talent that could be available but there are possibilities. Washington's Mike Ribeiro, who knows the conference after several years with Dallas, tops the list if he doesn't sign a contract extension.
Dallas center Derek Roy can also become an unrestricted free agent in July but the Stars might hold onto him, especially with three consecutive games against the Ducks beginning Monday night. Toronto seems playoff-bound and could keep Tyler Bozak.
Buffalo appears ready to ship off more talent. The Sabres would rather deal Drew Stafford than captain Jason Pominville but Stafford has been a major disappointment.
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
Once the darlings of the NHL and American sporting lure as a whole, the Chicago Blackhawks, having gone the first 24 games of the 2012-2013 campaign without a regulation loss, have fallen back down to earth ever so slightly since the Avalanche broke their record on March 8. Since that date, the team is a more mortal 3-3, though they did beat the Dallas Stars by seven goals two weeks ago. That shellacking is indicative of what the Hawks are able to do to teams when they’re at their best--score at will and cede nothing in their own end. Their six regular defenseman are all on the plus side and their worst plus/minus offender, Sheldon Brookbank, is a paltry -4. That’s a number the team is willing to live with.
Nice shorthanded goal by Tommy Wingels to put the Sharks up 4-0 over the Ducks, but watch Corey Perry with a needless shot to Dan Boyle who was following the play.
No penalty on the play but Boyle and Perry did go at it soon after this goal.
added 8:58am, added video of the tussle between the two below...
"We’re not the same team that mouths off to all the refs you can look. We don’t have a two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty yet this year. I would venture to guess we're at the bottom of the league in misconducts for talking.
"So it's not us being -- or the officials saying, 'Hey, listen if you're going to act like dinks, we're going to treat you like that.' That's not the case. It's tough because our guys are hurt. That's where we've got to draw the line a little bit."
-Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau after beating Chicago last night. Boudreau was upset about some of the non-calls and you can read more about it from Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
They'll need to look at retaining would-be unrestricted free agents Ben Lovejoy and David Steckel but both wouldn't cost too much. Kyle Palmieri is restricted and shouldn't price the Ducks out of their budget.
If anything, Toni Lydman, who's making $3 million this season, figures to be the odd man out. Moving Luca Sbisa isn't likely but would free up an additional $2.175 million of cap space as well as open up another spot for top prospects Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm.
Murray wasn't concerned at all about a tight cap fit. "We’ve got lots of room left," he said. "We don’t have any issues that way.
There might be issues in the future when the contracts for goalie Jonas Hiller and winger Bobby Ryan come up. Hiller is signed through next season but the Ducks extended Viktor Fasth two more years and have U.S. national junior team star John Gibson in the fold.
Ryan might be tougher to hold on to but he's still signed for the next two seasons. The Ducks could have a crunch then as the contracts for key support players Andrew Cogliano and Daniel Winnik are up as well as young centers Nick Bonino and Peter Holland.
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