ANAHEIM — Sami Vatanen has had a choice seat when it comes to watching the Ducks work with that they’ve got and what they don’t.
Who they’re starting to get back is what he feels will make a major difference.
“It’s a good sign that everybody starts to be healthy a little bit at a time so we can just do our things and go win some games,” said Vatanen, who himself is getting close to game duty after a full recovery from off-season shoulder surgery.
The Ducks are starting to look like the team they anticipated having when they gathered in the
ANAHEIM — At their game against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night at Honda Center, the Ducks recognized 20 Orange County residents who were either injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas or first responders to the tragic event.
Many from Southern California were among the 58 murdered and 489 injured by a lone gunman in a Mandalay Bay hotel room who took aim at a large crowd attending the outdoor country music festival.
An announced crowd of 14,553 gave a standing ovation to those sitting in a Ducks-provided suite during a timeout in the second period.
Staring at a Tuesday deadline to get their roster down to the 23-player maximum, the Ducks on Monday sent four players to the American Hockey League’s San Diego Gulls.
It appears defenseman Jaycob Megna won a spot on the opening night roster over Jacob Larsson as Larsson was assigned to the Gulls along with forwards Giovanni Fiore, Kalle Kossila and Scott Sabourin.
Megna appeared to outplay Larsson in the preseason and his case for a roster spot might have been helped by the possibility of being exposed to waivers if the Ducks sent him down. Larsson is waiver-exempt and doesn’t require
ANAHEIM – The game will be long forgotten, and so should the goals, but anyone used to getting them on a regular basis loves it when they can find their scoring touch right away.
Nick Ritchie put two in the net Monday against Arizona, though they won’t stick to his stat sheet since it was a mere exhibition game. But when you’re expected to provide scoring for the Ducks, it doesn’t hurt to feel that you can as the regular season nears.
“Well, I think obviously it does,” Ritchie said when asked whether preseason scoring matters. “I think it’s more about
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.
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