Anaheim Ducks

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Anaheim Ducks greats Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame back in June in what was an appropriate recognition of everything each player achieved in his career. I recently highlighted the top five moments Selanne had with the Ducks. Now, let’s take a look back at Kariya’s career. The
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In June, Anaheim Ducks legends Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The two formed a scintillating duo of offensive talent with the (Mighty) Ducks in the mid-late 1990s, helping grow interest in Anaheim’s new team. As both are now Hall-of-Famers, their careers are inevitably littered with a plethora
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After finishing third in the league defensively, the Anaheim Ducks were sure to lose a talented defenseman to the Vegas Golden Knights via the expansion draft. However, thanks to general manager Bob Murray, who made a deal with Vegas to protect up-and-coming defenseman Josh Manson, the Ducks’ young defense, who were a large part of
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Despite only being around for 24 years, the Anaheim Ducks sure do like taking walks down memory lane. After he previously spent parts of six seasons with the team, the then-Mighty Ducks brought back Teemu Selanne for the 2005-06 season (and the eight that followed), four years after shipping him to the San Jose Sharks
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Originally published in Sept. 2013, a look back at some great trades for the Anaheim Ducks. In the first years of the Ducks’ existence, the team struggled to compete with a cast of players from the expansion draft.  While solid drafting and player development played a big part in the turnaround, the organization has benefitted greatly
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The sports world can be cruel and unfair. It’s a place where success over a large sample size is not celebrated to the degree it should be unless it is matched by a less impressive feat of fleeting success over a small sample size. The former is clearly more commendable, but all anyone really cares about
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While veterans Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Ryan Kesler are the primary faces of the Anaheim Ducks, the team also has some younger players who have taken on major roles. Rickard Rakell, age 24, led the club in goals in 2016-17 with 33. The 26-year-old Jakob Silfverberg added 23. Nick Ritchie is only 21 and
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On Friday, the Anaheim Ducks announced the signing of center Dennis Rasmussen, formerly of the Chicago Blackhawks, to a one-year contract worth $725,000. NEWS: We have signed center Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year contract! 📰: https://t.co/iM2m5DJ6LG pic.twitter.com/C37O9fNa25 — Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) July 7, 2017 Rasmussen, formerly of the Chicago Blackhawks, represents a serviceable depth addition
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The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Cam Fowler to an eight-year contract extension worth $6.5 million per year, as initially reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and later confirmed by TSN’s Darren Dreger and the Ducks’ official team Twitter account. Cam Fowler’s extension in ANA — coming into effect next season — expected to be 8
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There looks to be a new tandem between the pipes in Anaheim as the Ducks have signed former Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller to a two-year, $4 million contract, according to Bob McKenzie. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman first discussed the possibility of this move in his June 27 edition of 30 Thoughts, saying: “There is a lot of
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On the eve of the NHL’s annual free-agent frenzy, the Anaheim Ducks find themselves in a good position. They have a strong roster with few holes, as they were able to keep Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen through the expansion draft process despite losing promising young defenseman Shea Theodore. They also shed some salary via
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Hockey players are known as the toughest athletes of the four major sports. They play through serious injuries. They take huge hits without missing a shift. They slam each other into the boards all game long. But sometimes, their insane desire to play through even the worst injuries negatively impacts their health. It’s not surprising
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Amidst the dust still settling from the expansion draft and the NHL Entry Draft, the Anaheim Ducks have had several other noteworthy events transpire just recently. Let’s catch up on all of them. Selanne & Kariya to Hockey Hall of Fame Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya were the faces of the Anaheim franchise in the
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Although the hype surrounding Wednesday, June 21 was centered around the Vegas expansion draft, the evening was also dedicated to the NHL Awards. Hockey fans eagerly awaited the announcements for popular awards such as the Hart Trophy, which goes to the league’s most valuable player, and the Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the top rookie,
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After not buying out defenseman Kevin Bieksa or even asking him to waive his no-movement clause (NMC), the Anaheim Ducks had put themselves in a suboptimal position prior to the expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights. As the Ducks submitted their list of protected players a few days before the expansion draft, reports surfaced
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I wrote a few days ago that the Anaheim Ducks would be, ahem…less than prudent to not buy out the remaining year of veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa’s contract, given their predicament going into the expansion draft. Even though the over-35 rule means the Ducks would not get any salary cap relief from buying out Bieksa’s contract, his
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The fantasy Anaheim Ducks fans had leading up to the expansion draft was that Kevin Bieksa would waive his no-movement clause (NMC) in order for the Ducks to protect their young defencemen. But when news broke that the organization didn’t even ask Bieksa to waive his NMC, many were left scratching their heads. Then it
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The Anaheim Ducks were always going to be in a difficult spot heading into the expansion draft. Now, things might be even more precarious for them, but strangely, the enhanced difficulty and additional potential losses would be their own fault. Bieksa Not Waiving…and Not Being Bought Out? It appears that the Ducks did not even ask declining
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The Anaheim Ducks’ hiring of Randy Carlyle prior to the start of the just-completed 2016-17 NHL season seemed curious at the time, compounding the prior firing of Bruce Boudreau. After all, Boudreau was (and still is) one of the best coaches in the NHL, and had led the Ducks to four straight Pacific Division titles.
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The Anaheim Ducks face an interesting next couple of weeks as the expansion draft approaches. Their issues stem from having four quality defensemen they’d like to keep. On top of the salary cap maneuvering that would require in future years, the parameters around the expansion draft complicate matters further. In figuring out what to do about
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The Anaheim Ducks’ season ended with a disappointing Game 6 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday. Regardless, there were many positive aspects of the Ducks’ playoff run and season as a whole. For one, they finally beat their Game 7 curse by defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the second round. They were crowned the
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Whether you want to be able to play a hard-hitting, ‘heavy’ game, a strangling defensive system or a fast-paced skill game, championship teams still need timely scoring, shutdown defense, and a hot goalie, all traits of a Stanley Cup-winning team. Pekka Rinne and Ryan Kesler (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports) Different teams find different solutions, each according
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The Anaheim Ducks’ general manager, Bob Murray, knows how to work the draft. Its been almost a decade since the Ducks were given a top five pick (the last one was Bobby Ryan at No. 2 in 2005), but even so, Murray has built a successful team that is currently playing in its second Western
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Let’s talk about the big fight that was on everybody’s minds Tuesday night. No, not that one. And not the Johansen/Kesler beef either (which was inconsequential in this game). Let’s talk about the McLeod/Boll scrap in the 2nd period, shall we? In the midst of a 0-0 game, where the hometown Predators had control over everything but the scoreboard
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Tonight marks the beginning of the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the Nashville Predators visiting the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. The Predators went all World War Z on their opponents, giving the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues relentless doses of speed and skill, ultimately overwhelming