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from Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times,
The Ducks' defense is about to regain its strongest piece, and the set is almost complete.
Defenseman Cam Fowler will be ready for Tuesday's game against San Jose, Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday. Fowler's return after sustaining a sprained knee comes as the Ducks begin their post-All-Star break drive, and it gives them nearly a full complement of defensemen.
Boudreau said that helps psychologically, particularly after Anaheim got defenseman Simon Despres back just before the break. He had missed 42 games because of a concussion.
"The more Despres plays, the more he'll get back to where his form was last year, and I think the other guys are playing pretty well," Boudreau said. "Our strength has been defensive hockey, not offensive hockey, so it can only help us."
Fowler was regarded as their top defenseman for much of the first three months, and he has assumed more of a leadership role as well. He said he benefited from the break and feels game ready nearly five weeks from the Dec. 27 injury.
Among Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman's Saturday Headlines:
- The John Scott trade to Montreal was legitimate in that Coyotes GM Don Maloney wanted Jared Tinordi badly and were afraid that the deal with the Canadiens would fall apart, so they didn't wait 3 weeks to make the deal, and Scott was the "only player who could go" back to Montreal in the trade;
- Cox states that the Canadiens got $200,000 in cap relief and a player in Nashville's Victor Bartley, who the Canadiens believe may actually contribute to their blueline;
- The NHL offered Scott the opportunity to go to the All-Star Game as a paid family vacation, but he's not responded, and Scott isn't sure whether he's going to bow out;
- Cox states that Pittsburgh and Anaheim made the Hagelin-for-Perron-and-Clendening deal at 3:15 AM Saturday morning, and Cox says that the Penguins are taking on 3 more years at $4 million for Hagelin, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford still believes that his team will contend, while the Ducks' trade...makes people wonder if the Ducks are setting themselves up to trade for Jonathan Drouin;
- Friedman says that the Ducks' Simon Despres and Cam Fowler may generate trade interest, as will the balance of their blueline;
- Flames defenseman Kris Russell is generating interest, too, but the Flames still want to attempt to re-sign Russell;
- Eric Staal is "still in limbo," and his agent, Rick Curran, will try to clarify his client's situation;
- And Friedman says that the Kings still want to sign Milan Lucic to an extension if at all possible.
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"With the luxury that we have with eight premium NHL defensemen, sometimes something like this is going to happen. It’s on the individual. It's on myself. It's because of my play recently. As hard as it is to say, it’s just the honest truth.
"So when you have guys that can step in any given night, you have to make sure that you bring your ‘A’ game or else something like this can happen. It’s a bit of a wake-up call for sure."
-Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks on being a healthy scratch tonight. More from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
The Duck went on to beat the Sharks in OT.
Watch the goal and 'half barrel roll' below...
“We made some changes, but the core group is pretty much the same, so we’re looking forward to the opportunity that we have and I know I’m excited for the start of the year and to see what we’re made of.
“We’ve got a lot of good teams out West. St. Louis was definitely a high-profile team that expected to do a lot and they ran into a Chicago team that was so strong.
“That’s kind of what can happen. If you don’t come in first in your division, for us, we’re looking at L.A. or San Jose in the first round. It definitely puts a little more added pressure for the regular season to finish out strong, but you’re going to run into a good team no matter who you face in the first round.”
-Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks after skating with some of the Wings today. More from Fowler by Bob Duff of the Windsor Star.
I’ve gotten to know him pretty well. He lives pretty much in the town right next to me, and we’ve been skating together this summer. I started to get to know him heading into the Olympics, and then I got to know him pretty well there. He’s a good guy and he’s going to be a great teammate. He competes like crazy. The fans are going to love him and his work ethic. Talking to him, he’s really looking forward to a fresh start in Anaheim. It’s going to be great.
-Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks on new teammate Ryan Kesler. More from Fowler in a Q & A by Kyle Shoraha of the Ducks' website.
via Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog,
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau suggested that the NHL take a long look at a hit by the Kings’Jarret Stoll on Cam Fowler that knocked the defenseman out of the club’s 7-4 win and left him with an upper-body injury.
Fowler had to be assisted off the ice during the second period and did not return. Stoll drilled him headfirst into the boards and was not penalized.
The severity of the injury is not known but Fowler is expected to be re-evaluated on Sunday.
“He obviously is not feeling very well right now,” Boudreau said. “We haven’t determined exactly what it is. If you saw the replay, Stoll hit him pretty good from behind. And I can understand why the refs didn’t call it. One was getting taken out. There’s another fight going on.
“But surely, you know, I saw the numbers when Stoll hit him. It was right from behind. They have to have to look at that. He might be OK tomorrow or he might be out for a while.”
To watch the hit below, scroll to the 1:55 mark of the video...
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Cam Fowler to a five-year contract extension through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
We're excited to sign Cam to a long-term contract,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He's a character kid with a great chance to become an elite NHL defenseman.”
Fowler, 20 (12/5/91), scored 5-24=29 points with 18 penalty minutes with the Ducks last season. He was one of six Anaheim players to appear in all 82 regular season games, marking a career high. Fowler led Anaheim defensemen in assists and points, while ranking second overall on the team in time-on-ice (TOI; 23:15). Among NHL leaders, Fowler finished the year tied for fifth in TOI per shift (57 seconds). He appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 30, 2011 vs. Montreal.
Cam Fowler of the Ducks with the game winner late in OT against the Flames.
I went to bed thinking more of a bad goal than a great shot. I see a lot of open net to the left of Kiprusoff who may have been thinking forehand instead of backhand.
Goalie experts, what do you think?
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Scott Niedermayer, who signed with the Ducks in 2005 and shared their 2007 Stanley Cup victory with younger brother Rob, lives here with his wife, Lisa, and their four sons, ages 2 to 11. It’s a happily busy place: During a recent visit the kids came home from school and dived into their homework before hockey practice, the cookies were at the mouthwatering stage and the dog was woofing for a treat from housekeeper/babysitter Veronica Bech.
Into this whirlwind Scott and Lisa invited rookie defenseman Cam Fowler, the Ducks’ first pick and the 12th overall selection in the NHL draft in June. They give him broccoli at dinner, company when he wants it, privacy when he needs it and a haven while he explores his new world.
“It feels a little weird for me sometimes, having a Hall of Fame guy take my car in for an oil change or something like that, but that’s just the kind of guy that he is,” said Fowler, who was born in Windsor, Canada, but grew up in Farmington Hills, Mich.
from Dan Wood of Ducks.com,
Fowler will be 18 years, 10 months and three days old when the Ducks take on the Detroit Red Wings in their NHL regular-season opener Friday night at Joe Louis Arena. Only defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, who was 18 years, eight months and 13 days when he made his Ducks debut on Jan. 21, 1995, was younger than Fowler.
Even more amazing, despite his baby face and boyish charm, Fowler has already defied his youth in the eyes of a generally tough critic – Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.
“You don’t look at him as an 18-year-old kid. You look at him as a hockey player,” Carlyle said Thursday after the Ducks went through their final pre-season practice at Joe Louis Arena.
“He’s done everything to earn the opportunity to play,” Carlyle said. “We think he’s a special kid, but we always have to caution ourselves. You don’t want to put him in situations that he can’t possibly survive in. It’s a feather in his cap that he’s made it this far. For him not to play, something drastic would have to happen.”
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Coach Randy Carlyle all but conceded that Fowler, 18, will be with the squad for possibly the first nine games of the regular season before the organization decides whether to send him back to his junior team.
If he plays a 10th game, the first year of his entry-level contract would be triggered.
“We knew he has the skills and we know he has the skating ability, so we have to make a decision based upon whether he’s going to start with our hockey club and get his 10th game in,” Carlyle said.