‘Ducks Drill Down’ is a regular, ~weekly column that recaps the latest goings-on with the Anaheim Ducks. Forgive the Anaheim Ducks if they are feeling less thankful than some other NHL teams following the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, they should be thankful to be hovering around .500 considering the comical number of injuries they’ve suffered this
‘Ducks Drill Down’ is a regular, ~weekly column that recaps the latest goings-on with the Anaheim Ducks. The past week was very on-brand for this particular season of Anaheim Ducks hockey. They played decently well for stretches but not well enough to string several wins together. Then, of course, the incessant injury bug struck again.
When Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf took a puck to his face shortly after the opening faceoff against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Oct. 29, there were a number of possible scenarios in play regarding severity. Unfortunately—but consistent with the story of this young season for the Ducks—the prognosis that has come out
The exciting part about a new season is that it resets every team. Win and loss columns are all brought back to zero. Each team is full of potential and hope. But slow starts out of the gate can kill a team. Failing to be even a mediocre team can be deadly in the NHL.
Whether or not it’s fair, the Anaheim Ducks have developed a general reputation as NHL villains. Leading up to and during their opening game of the season, however, the Ducks did something in direct contrast to that label. Ducks Stand Behind Katie Hawley The Ducks gave 17-year-old Katie Hawley a night to remember and something
This article was originally published in November, 2009. Everyone has a sports record locked in their mind that will live with them forever. Somebody asks a question regarding it; you automatically yell out the player, year, stats and what they accomplished that was so incredible. For myself, it’s Teemu Selanne’s rookie campaign with the Winnipeg
Despite a fifth consecutive Pacific Division title and a run to the Western Conference Final in 2016-17, one name was conspicuously absent from the list of the Ducks’ top couple of goal scorers. Corey Perry, one of the NHL’s elite scorers over the past decade, did not even crack the 20-goal mark, as he finished
Over the next couple of months, The Hockey Writers will be releasing a series of bold predictions. Team by team, this series will take shape as we look at some of the more questionable possibilities that could come into fruition during the 2017-18 season. Coming off a season where a berth in the Stanley Cup
If you’re looking for a team that accepts bandwagon fans with open arms, look no further than the Anaheim Ducks. Although blessed with recent postseason (and regular season) success, the Ducks are still a very small hockey market with a fan base that struggles to fill the stadium. Against more popular NHL teams, Ducks fans
The Anaheim Ducks have been a perennial contender over the past few years but have ultimately fallen short in the Stanley Cup playoffs. With a solid core in place that features a mixture of productive veterans and rising youngsters, the Ducks are not in need of major changes. They are just looking for that one
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
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
Much of the Anaheim Ducks’ brief history has been defined by two eras that featured a pair of superstars. There was the duo of Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne in the mid-late 1990s. The past decade has seen Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry leading the way. Getzlaf and Perry, however, are both 32 years old.
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
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
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
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
This morning at 10 am Eastern Time, the NHL revealed each of the 30 teams unprotected lists for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft and social media exploded. Immediate questions arose and the mainstream media was quick to assume that not all was as meets the eye. There were a number of teams who left exposed
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
With the deadline having past for players to waive or not waive their no-move and no -trade clauses, certain things are starting to become more clear. However, new questions arise as unexpected twists have entered the picture. Among them are what’s going to happen to players like Kevin Bieksa in Anaheim and Scott Hartnell in
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
The Anaheim Ducks were already in a difficult position with respect to the upcoming expansion draft. The quality and depth of their defense create a double-edged sword, as the Ducks are facing a very realistic scenario where they might not be able to retain all of their top blueliners. Now, another wrench has been thrown into
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
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