When big names are on the move there are always mystery teams out there. You can chalk the Anaheim Ducks as one in the Ryan Kesler sweepstakes. Chatter in league circles has been that something has seemed to be up all day with the Ducks when it comes to a splash in the top-6 and NHL Insider Renaud Lavoie reports the Ducks are one of the teams looking to trade for Kesler. Even as late as this afternoon, the Canucks have been said to be willing to listen to offers from any team for Kesler, in the Western Conference and Eastern Conference, even though Kesler is believed to eye the Eastern Conference. The Canucks are said to believe that Kesler isn’t set on only going to the Eastern Conference and could come around to some situations not initially on his wishlist. Anaheim is a very intriguing team because of theRead More »
The Anaheim Ducks have locked up star winger Corey Perry to an 8 year, $69 million contract, officially taking him off the trade market. “We are excited that Corey has committed to us for the next eight years,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray in a released statement. “Similar to the case with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey wanted to stay in Anaheim and be part of our organization long term. He is an exceptional player who competes with heart and soul and has won at every level.” The buzz around the league for months had been that Perry had his sights set on testing the open market and possibly moving closer to home, but that wasn’t the case, and testing free agency would have eliminated the possibility for Perry to earn an 8 year contract. “Staying in Anaheim has always been my first choice,” said Perry. “This is aRead More »
COREY PERRY RUMORS Ryan Getzlaf yesterday agreed to an 8 year, $66 million extension with the Anaheim Ducks and Getzlaf was always expected to be the easier sign than Corey Perry whose future in Anaheim is up in the air. Getzlaf is one of the premier two-way centermen in the game, but he clearly didn’t give the Ducks a hometown discount. His AAV of $8.25 million is on track to be the fourth highest cap hit in the NHL next season. The Getzlaf signing now puts all eyes on star winger Corey Perry.
Ducks Bolster Blueline The Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs have kicked off some movement leading into the trade deadline. The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have acquired defenseman Francois Beauchemin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Joffrey Lupul and defenseman Jake Gardiner. “We are thrilled to be able to reacquire Francois,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray in a released statement.
Penguins Game Day When: November 5, 2010 | Where: Honda Center PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS ANAHEIM DUCKS Inconsistency has marred the Penguins this season and left them treading the .500 waters 13 games into their schedule. Anaheim has suffered an exodus of blueliners in recent years and the once defensively-stout team is allowing 3.3 goals per game, fifth-worst in the NHL. Pittsburgh faces Anaheim tonight in their second of a three game Western Conference swing. The game will be broadcast at 10:00 PM in Pittsburgh. Mornin Skate Update: Malkin to center Cooke & Kennedy Evgeni Malkin’s return to the center position did not work out well in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss. Malkin was pointless and a team-worst minus-3 rating. Malkin though will remain at the center position for several more weeks with Jordan Staal out indefinitely. I’m told from a contact that based on the morning skate, Malkin will open up theRead More »
Don Baizley the agent for Paul Kariya announced this evening that his client will not play hockey in 2010-2011. “Paul Kariya will not play hockey during the 2010/11 season. After being examined by concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell, Paul is not able to play hockey due to post-concussion syndrome, ” Baizley announced in a statement today. Kariya has been recently working out in Anaheim and was eyeing a return to the Ducks. The Ducks were the only team Kariya was considering this summer. As I have stated on multiple occasions, the Penguins were never engaged in talks with Kariya’s agent nor were any expected if Kariya was able to play this year. Kariya, 35, had 18 goals and 25 assists last season for the St. Louis Blues. The former All-Star winger has 402 career goals in 989 games.
By Will DePaoli and James Conley NHL News and Notes: Arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled in favor of the NHL today in the Ilya Kovalchuk case. This was a major win for the NHL as the league has their eye on dramatically changing the structure of contracts in the next CBA. The CBA is set to expire in September 2012. Bloch stated in his ruling that the contract was fully compliant with the CBA but felt it was a retirement contract. New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello issued a statement this evening and remains hopeful that the team will be able to resign Kovalchuk. “We have reviewed and respect Arbitrator Bloch’s ruling in the Kovalchuk matter. We also note and appreciate his finding that nothing in his opinion should be read as suggesting that either the club or Ilya Kovalchuk operated in bad faith or on the basis of anyRead More »
THE ICE REPORT Will Ducks be sellers or buyers? A major questionmark heading into the Olympic break is whether Ducks general manager Bob Murray is going to be a buyer or a seller when March 3rd rolls around. According to the Orange County Register, “it is one of the questions that’s floating around in hockey circles as the Ducks sit precariously outside the playoff picture entering tonight’s game against the Kings at Honda Center.” As the County Register notes, “There are contending teams who wonder if Scott Niedermayer, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne and others will be available when the NHL trade deadline rolls around.” For Anaheim like many other teams, that answer won’t be known until after this week. At this moment Anaheim is four points out of the playoffs. League sources indicate Niedermayer is willing to accept a trade to Vancouver, Chicago and New Jersey. Those close to NierdermayerRead More »
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski has been ruled out for tonight’s game as the Penguins take on the Anaheim Ducks to conclude their three game homestand. Goligoski did not skate today and will be replaced by Nate Guenin in the lineup. Goligoski was injured near the end of Saturday nights game and will have an MRI today on his knee. Guenin will be paired with Jay McKee. Goligoski joins defensemen Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang and Sergei Gonchar on the shelf. *Forward Tyler Kennedy remains sidelined with a groin injury and did not skate again this morning. Kennedy has not practiced since Thursday, November 5th in Los Angeles. *A few brights spots for the Penguins is that Sergei Gonchar is less than a week from returning. He’s expected to return to the lineup as early as Saturday night against Atlanta. *Max Talbot is progessing and his primary target date for aRead More »
Return of Kennedy pays dividends Pascal Dupuis (3) scored the go-ahead goal with 10:47 remaining in the third period and Marc Andre Fleury (10-2) made 26 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their dominance on the road beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Tuesday night at the Honda Center. Pittsburgh which had lost 14 of 15 games in the state of California, prior to Tuesday nights contest, tied an NHL record with their seventh straight road victory to open the season. For the Penguins, it was their role players that fueled their 4-3 win. Defenseman Kris Letang (1) and Alex Goligoski (6) eached scored and Michael Rupp (4) added a goal for Pittsburgh. Goligoski’s third period tally was his 6th goal of the season and now has nine points in his last nine games. Dupuis who netted the game winner, has scored in two straight. Right winger Tyler Kennedy returned toRead More »