ANAHEIM – Even with many more cuts necessary after an 18-player trim Saturday, the Ducks’ expected opening night roster started to take shape at the midpoint of training camp.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle may be putting some forward lines in place. Two were kept together in Saturday’s practice after their 4-2 exhibition win over the Kings, with Rickard Rakell centering wingers Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg and Antoine Vermette between Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase.
ANAHEIM – With the absence of the injured Ryan Kesler, center might be the most important position the Ducks need to fill to open the season. And Kesler isn’t the only one missing.
When the gritty, often-injured Nate Thompson opted to take a two-year, $3.3 million deal with Ottawa as a free agent, the Ducks found themselves looking for more options that could ultimately become their new fourth-line center.
At a bargain-rate cost of $725,000 for this season, Dennis Rasmussen could be the one. The Ducks signed the Swedish forward with that position in mind.
“He’s a candidate, obviously,” Ducks coach Randy
Southern California News Group beat writer Eric Stephens talks about the Anaheim Ducks’ preseason opener at the Honda Center tonight against the San Jose Sharks.
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The preseason game will not be televised but can be hear on the radio at The Mighty 1090 AM.
The ties between Francois Beauchemin and the Ducks may have separated on occasion but it is proven that they’ve never really broken.
More proof of that came Monday when the Ducks brought back the longtime defenseman for a third term with the franchise, inking him to a one-year contract. RDS.ca reported a $1 million deal, with an additional $500,000 that can be earned through performance incentives.
Over Beauchemin’s 12 full NHL seasons, parts of nine of them have been spent with the Ducks and 525 of his 836 regular-season games have been with the team. All of his 97 playoff games
ANAHEIM – Now and in the immediate future, the Ducks will continue to be held up by their three pillars – Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler.
It is heavy lifting, especially when it’s a franchise that challenges for the Stanley Cup and sees itself continuing to do so. The Ducks have been on the doorstep of playing for it in two of the last three years, with Chicago moving on to hoist the Cup and Nashville now getting its first crack at it.
The pain of this latest Western Conference finals loss hasn’t subsided much among the Ducks as
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To the reason behind the rapid development of rookie defenseman Brandon Montour, Randy Carlyle quickly blurted out, “Coaching.”
It could be that, given the Ducks coach was a 17-year NHL defenseman who won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best in 1981. But just as quickly, Carlyle cited the real people behind Montour’s rise to a regular spot on the blue line after playing the first half of the season in the minors.
“I’m not going to take credit for it because it’s Dallas Eakins obviously that’s helped him shape his career,” said Carlyle, talking about the San
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – So the Ducks are back here, sitting in a situation that is more dire than their last visit with developments that have them in disarray while the beloved host team has a fan base ready to throw a big downtown party Monday night.
Maybe that’s just how they like it. As always, the toughest way.
The Ducks quietly arrived at their hotel late Sunday afternoon, having assessed that situation and trying to find the best way to deal with it as Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against Nashville approaches. Who they’re without and who they could
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Ducks are dealing with a team that has won all six of its Stanley Cup playoff games at home, with another one waiting for them Thursday at the loud, energetic Bridgestone Arena.
And the Nashville Predators, with their 2-1 lead entering Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, have their sights on taking control of the best-of-7 series and putting the Ducks on the brink of elimination.
So it is obvious the Ducks have a tall task ahead. But this group did win its first four road games this postseason – including two in Edmonton after facing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More free form jazz than symphonic classical, the Ducks create, improvise and seemingly thrive amid the chaos.
Sure, they talk about following the plan and operating within the structure. But what if the plan goes awry and the structure breaks down in a matter of minutes? What do you do when what’s being engineered is dissonant and out of tune?
Adapt to the changing movements and believe in the finished product. Maybe the process to get there is messy. Just get there. And these are your Ducks, sitting even in the Western Conference finals with the Nashville Predators