Anaheim Ducks

Who is one of the surprises of Ducks training camp? That’s (Giovanni) Fiore |Sep 24, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Many have done so but Giovanni Fiore hadn’t and it might have felt as if he possessed the winning lottery ticket. It was Saturday afternoon when Fiore learned that he would play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the Ducks’ Sunday night exhibition against the Vegas Golden Knights, taking passes from them and trying to do what he can to extend a lengthy stay in the team’s training camp.

Ducks adjust to NHL’s effort to crack down on slashing |Sep 19, 2017

ANAHEIM >> In a highly publicized incident last season, Calgary star Johnny Gaudreau’s finger was broken by Minnesota’s Eric Staal with a well-placed hard slash of his stick. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s preeminent face, took it up a notch by chopping open the digit of Ottawa’s Marc Methot.

Young defensemen to get a long look from Ducks in training camp |Sep 17, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Drawing the task of playing defense alongside partner Cam Fowler in this Ducks training camp, Andy Welinski is trying his best to not let his mind roam into what that might mean. “They tell us to not look into stuff like that,” Welinski said Sunday to being put alongside last year’s All-Star blue-liner.

Long tied to the Ducks, Ryan Miller’s new reality puts him right at home |Sep 16, 2017

ANAHEIM >> It long seemed possible, if not probable. And it became eventual. Ryan Miller is finally a member of the Ducks and that made reality a match as to a potential destination for the one-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie ever since his days as the man in Buffalo came to an end.

Ducks a wounded group as training camp opens |Sep 15, 2017

ANAHEIM>>The emotional pain endured by the Ducks to end last season has subsided, but the physical pain continues to linger as another one begins. A beaten-up bunch by the time their chase for a Stanley Cup ended with a Game 6 loss to Nashville in the Western Conference finals, the Ducks must deal with being shorthanded from the first day of training camp into the new season.

Ducks expect late-arriving Sami Vatanen to return to form |Sep 14, 2017

ANAHEIM >> When it comes to the new NHL season, Sami Vatanen’s best bet is to arrive fashionably late. The questions that surrounded his future with the Ducks for weeks early in the summer have given way to how much of the season he’ll miss because of surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Showcase gives Ducks prospects a chance to stand out |Sep 8, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Sam Steel had a year to remember and yet, in the bowels of the Ducks’ practice facility in early September, knows it is time to forget about it. The leading scorer in all of Canadian major junior hockey was a deserved choice as the Western Hockey League’s player of the year.

Ducks’ Hampus Lindholm says shoulder is healing on schedule |Sep 7, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Nothing in Bob Murray’s postseason address sent more of a shiver throughout the Ducks’ fan base than his announcement that Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen would need major shoulder surgery and face recovery periods that could cut into the 2017-18 season.

Ducks draftees - and best friends - Maxime Comtois and Antoine Morand ready to begin pro journey |Sep 6, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Two teen-age hockey players who are best friends having their dream-come-true moment provided by the same team only minutes apart is an enticing storyline in any language. Maxime Comtois and Antoine Morand both speak English very well, but when they became the Ducks’ first two selections in June’s NHL entry draft, the duo suddenly became a hot topic of Quebec-based, French language media outlets.

Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Cogliano headed to 20th Fedorin Cup charity game |Aug 25, 2017

Eric Fedorin would be impressed at what a little hockey game in his honor has become. It is the sentiment that Rick Hutchinson has as the Fedorin Cup charity game has now reached its 20th edition, which will take place Saturday at Anaheim Ice.

Ducks bring defenseman Francois Beauchemin back for third stint |Aug 21, 2017

The ties that bind Francois Beauchemin and the Ducks may have separated on occasion but in reality 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, signing him to a one-year contract.

Former Ducks coach, GM Bryan Murray succumbs to colon cancer |Aug 12, 2017

Longtime NHL coach and executive Bryan Murray, who left a significant impact on the Ducks and the four other teams that he led, lost his battle with cancer and died Saturday. He was 74. Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer three years ago.

Max Jones ready for the next big step with the Ducks |Jul 21, 2017

ANAHEIM — Striking a cut and well-proportioned 215 pounds on his hulking 6-foot-3 frame, Max Jones no doubt carries the physique of a mature NHL player. A heaping slice of confidence comes with that.

Ducks to take part in four-team San Jose prospect tournament in September |Jul 19, 2017

The Ducks will hold their annual rookie camp on Sept. 7-8 at Anaheim Ice before taking part in a four-team prospect tournament in San Jose. They’ll join San Jose, Arizona and Colorado in the 2017 Prospect Showcase that will run Sept.

Marcus Pettersson ready to prove himself to Ducks |Jul 11, 2017

ANAHEIM — A year can make a difference. That is apparent when it comes to Marcus Pettersson. The scruffy facial hair covering his cheeks and chin has rendered his once teenage-boyish appearance obsolete.

Ducks prospects Sam Steel, Josh Mahura on sweet ride |Jul 9, 2017

ANAHEIM >> The journey from prospect to player in the NHL often can be a winding one, few paths remaining as straight and uninterrupted as the blue line. For every Cam Fowler, who was a draftee one day and - three months later - a Duck, there are scores of players who go from Point A to Point B only after stops at several other letters in the alphabet.

Ducks sign former Chicago forward Dennis Rasmussen to one-year contract |Jul 7, 2017

The Ducks signed forward Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year contract worth $725,000 on Friday. Rasmussen, 27, spent his first two NHL seasons with Chicago after playing with the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League team in 2014-15 following three seasons playing professionally in his native Sweden.

Reto Berra signed by Ducks add goaltender depth |Jul 5, 2017

The Ducks signed Reto Berra to a one-year contract that will bring another goalie with some NHL experience into the organization. It is a one-way deal, so Berra will earn a $650,000 salary whether he is in the NHL or the American Hockey League, which figures to be the likely spot for the journeyman.

Miller: Ducks prospects Sam Steel, Josh Mahura on sweet ride |Jul 5, 2017

ANAHEIM >> The journey from prospect to player in the NHL often can be a winding one, few paths remaining as straight and uninterrupted as the blue line. For every Cam Fowler, who was a draftee one day and three months later a Duck, there are scores of players who go from Point A to Point B only after stops at several other letters in the alphabet.

Ducks lose out on Patrick Marleau |Jul 2, 2017

Brief as it may have been, the Patrick Marleau sweepstakes is over and it was the Toronto Maple Leafs and not the Ducks who had the winning numbers for that lottery. Marleau made his decision Sunday and the 500-goal scorer chose the Maple Leafs’ three-year bid worth $18.

Ducks lock up Cam Fowler for eight years, sign goalie Ryan Miller |Jul 1, 2017

Cam Fowler waved goodbye to those annual trade rumors with an All-Star season for the Ducks and the defenseman said hello to a contract that will cement him as a foundation piece with the franchise.

Miller: Cam Fowler’s extension with the Ducks makes us all a little richer |Jul 1, 2017

Satisfied, pleased and grateful. And I’m not even the one getting the $52 million. Instead, the recipient is Cam Fowler, signed Saturday to a glorious eight-year extension to provide stability, leadership and top-notch blue-line play for the Ducks, while providing a profound amount of professionalism for the rest of us.

Ducks targeting Ryan Miller in free agency, set to keep Cam Fowler away from it |Jun 30, 2017

Might Ryan Miller and the Ducks be finally meeting at the intersection of rumor and reality? Even when Miller signed as a free agent with Vancouver and spent the last three seasons with the Canucks, the feeling has long been that the veteran goaltender eventually would find his way to Southern California.

Steve Konowalchuk, Mark Morrison join Ducks’ coaching staff |Jun 28, 2017

The Ducks hired Steve Konowalchuk and Mark Morrison as assistant coaches Wednesday, becoming additions on Coach Randy Carlyle’s staff. Konowalchuk, 44, served as coach of the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds for six seasons and guided them to their first WHL championship in 2016-17.

Ducks greats Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya voted into Hockey Hall of Fame |Jun 26, 2017

Teemu Selanne blew away the NHL with his breakaway speed from the moment he jumped into the league, captivating it with his goal-scoring touch and magnetic personality. Those aspects of the multifaceted lover of fast cars and uptempo hockey instantly made him a fan favorite.

Ducks legend Teemu Selanne — the numbers don’t lie |Jun 26, 2017

Teemu Selanne, after 21 seasons in the NHL and two memorable stints with the Anaheim Ducks, has been nominated into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Selanne’s numbers speak for themselves in terms of the NHL and his 14 years with the Ducks, the team he led to its only Stanley Cup in 2007: NHL STAR 72 — Most goals by an NHL rookie (1992-93) 132 — Most points by an NHL rookie (1992-92) 684 — Career goals, 11th on NHL all-time list 1,457 — Career points, 15th on NHL all-time list 255 — Career power-play goals, third on on NHL all-time list

Ducks star Paul Kariya — the numbers don’t lie |Jun 26, 2017

Paul Kariya, after 15 seasons in the NHL and nine years with the Anaheim Ducks, has been nominated into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Kariya’s numbers speak for themselves in his time with the Ducks, who drafted him fourth overall out of the University of Maine in 1993: DUCKS STAR 1.

Whicker: Paul Kariya’s fast ride on a bumpy road ends at the Hockey Hall of Fame |Jun 26, 2017

ANAHEIM >> This should have been his first year of eligibility, not his fourth. He should have been inside Honda Center for 2007 and the Cup-holding, not in exile. Paul Kariya made it into hockey’s Hall of Fame on Monday and some say it was overdue.

Ducks select forwards Maxime Comtois, Antoine Morand with first two draft picks |Jun 24, 2017

As someone who cherishes his first-round draft picks, Ducks coach Bob Murray was in a unique place and not all that comfortable with it. The Ducks didn’t have one to use on the first night of the NHL entry draft at Chicago’s United Center and so they had to do all their heavy lifting Saturday, trying to unearth someone out of the five selections they had that could be a contributor down the line.

Ducks re-sign Patrick Eaves to 3-year deal |Jun 23, 2017

In two short months, Patrick Eaves saw all that he needed to feel at home with the Ducks, and they saw enough from him to decide on his future with them. The Ducks agreed to terms with Eaves on a three-year contract extension Friday night after the veteran winger made an instant impact by scoring 11 of his career-high 32 goals with them and serving as an ideal fit on the right side of top-line center Ryan Getzlaf.

Ducks’ 2017-18 schedule begins with four-game homestand |Jun 22, 2017

The Ducks released their 2017-18 regular season schedule Thursday and there are two certainties that figure to come out of the big reveal. Fans can start planning trips, particularly for a quick flight or four-hour drive to Las Vegas.

Quiet first round lies ahead for Ducks in Friday’s NHL entry draft |Jun 22, 2017

Draft night is the reward for Martin Madden and the extensive work of his Ducks scouting staff, as they try to add more young talent into the pipeline for the club to tap into when they’re ready.

Ducks open 2017-18 with 1st season home opener in 8 years |Jun 21, 2017

LAS VEGAS — The Ducks will play the Arizona Coyotes in their home opener Oct. 5 at Honda Center, which is also expected to be their season opener. The NHL released the home openers for all 31 teams Wednesday morning.

Ducks lose Theodore, Stoner to Vegas |Jun 21, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> Five days ago, Ducks general manager Bob Murray waved goodbye to Simon Despres and the rest of his large contract. And it became clear Wednesday that he had long been at work making another burdensome deal disappear.

Boston’s Patrice Bergeron edges the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler for Selke Trophy |Jun 21, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> Perhaps in other years with other finalists, Ducks center Ryan Kesler might have taken home his second Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward. But when it came to the voting from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Assocation, there was no dislodging Boston’s Patrick Bergeron from his virtual stranglehold on the award Wednesday night.

Selke Trophy would be vindication for Ducks’ center Ryan Kesler |Jun 20, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> Nine months of battling the opposition’s top players took its toll on Ryan Kesler and that was painfully evident when he entered an air-conditioned ballroom on crutches and sat in a chair while other finalists for the NHL awards stood and chatted with the media.

Ducks leave Sami Vatanen, Josh Manson available for NHL expansion draft |Jun 20, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> The date of June 24, 2016 will always be a memorable one in this glitzy oasis in the desert, when the Vegas Golden Knights officially came into existence and Las Vegas truly joined the big leagues.

Ducks leave Sami Vatanen, Josh Manson unprotected |Jun 18, 2017

There were no surprises for the Ducks when it came to the players they protected from the upcoming NHL expansion draft and those who were left exposed for the incoming Vegas Golden Knights to consider adding when it comes to building their roster.

Ducks shed contract of defenseman Simon Despres by buying him out |Jun 16, 2017

The Ducks are expected to buy out the contract of defenseman Simon Despres, whose time with the team was impacted heavily by multiple concussions. Signed to a five-year contract extension worth $18.

Bieksa’s no-movement clause key for Ducks in expansion draft |Jun 12, 2017

Kevin Bieksa could hold the keys to the kind of player the Ducks will lose in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. The veteran defenseman has a no-movement clause in a contract that enters its final year in July.

Andrew Cogliano keeps eye on upcoming NHL expansion draft |Jun 8, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Andrew Cogliano has played with the Ducks long enough to feel as if he has planted down roots with a franchise that gave him a defined role to thrive in. And they have come to bank on the everyday presence of the NHL’s current iron man.

Ten years later, the 2006-07 Ducks remain franchise’s beloved standard |Jun 6, 2017

Minutes were still left to be played but Game 5 had already become a celebration. The standing-room-only crowd that had Honda Center bursting at the seams sensed the moment was at hand and rose to its feet as one.

How the Ducks won the Stanley Cup, a game-by-game recap |Jun 6, 2017

Here’s a game-by-game recap of the Ducks’ magical postseason run to the Stanley Cup in 2007. FIRST ROUND — Ducks 4, Wild 1 Game 1, April 11, Honda Center Ducks 2, Wild 1 In hindsight, this might have been the Ducks’ toughest series of their Stanley Cup run, physically as well as emotionally.

Ducks spun disappointment into the Stanley Cup in 2007 |Jun 6, 2017

They all had made a name. They just couldn’t find it on a Stanley Cup. Teemu Selanne had put in 13 years, Chris Pronger 12. Todd Marchant and Rob Niedermayer had done 12 years, too, and Sean O’Donnell 11.

For 2007 Ducks, Cup brought tears and so much more |Jun 6, 2017

Before Game 5 was over, he was crying. Then, when it ended, he cried some more. A few minutes later, Teemu Selanne — yes, indeed — was crying again. “I realized this is it, I’ve won the Cup,” he said that night.

Ducks 2006-07 Stanley Cup champs: Where are they now? |Jun 6, 2017

It wasn’t exactly a shock to see the Ducks raise the Stanley Cup in triumph early on the night of June 6, 2007. At least it shouldn’t have been, anyway. General manager Brian Burke assembled a team that was destined for greatness, one that featured a winning blend of veterans and youngsters.

Coach Randy Carlyle gets contract extension from Ducks |Jun 2, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Successful performance can yield rewards, and the extra benefit for Ducks coach Randy Carlyle came Friday when his contract was extended for another year. Carlyle is now under contract through the 2018-19 season with an option for 2019-2020.

Ducks Notes: Shoulder surgery to keep Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen out for month |May 25, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen must undergo major shoulder surgeries and will face lengthy recovery periods that will certainly affect the start of next season, Ducks general manager Bob Murray said Thursday.

Days after elimination, Ducks players deal with their demise |May 25, 2017

ANAHEIM >> They lost in regulation and in the end did so convincingly, at least on the scoreboard, surrendering two empty net goals. But NHL playoff games don’t have to go to overtime to have the feel of sudden death.

Ducks’ Big Three need others to carry more of the load |May 25, 2017

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.