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Same old, Same old

Two words can be used to sum up the Ducks opening night loss to the Red Wings, disgusting and embarrassing. Last season the Ducks got off to a record of 4-6-2 in October and were in last place in the conference at the end of the month. They had a hard time bouncing back and they missed the playoffs. This season optimism was renewed, despite the fact that the Ducks defense was totally rebuilt. Instead what we got was pretty much the same under Coach Carlyle, a not ready, lethargic, undisciplined team in a 0-4 loss to the rival Red Wings. In typical Ducks fashion the first penalty (Bobby Ryan) of the game went to the Ducks but at least they waited until nine minutes into the game. The Ducks...

Selanne, Kariya and the Defense

Teemu Selanne has officially rejoined the Ducks for another season at an estimated 3.25 million a year. It’s not really surprising that Selanne, coming off one of his best seasons ever despite battling injuries, would return. What’s more surprising is that he hinted in a Finnish newspaper that he wouldn’t mind playing for another two seasons. A strange statement from a player who retired after the Ducks won the Cup in 2007 only to un-retire and play the reaming 26 games of the season. Selanne has pretty much pulled a Brett Favre ever since then with his constant waffling on whether he will return or not for the following season. He at least has stuck to his word and is less dramatic ab...

Anaheim Ducks Prospects Camp and Upcoming Season Outlook

People said that hockey would never make it in Southern California. It’s too warm, they don’t even have a winter. Well tell that to the packed house at Anaheim Ice who came in on a Saturday evening on the final day of prospects camp to watch a friendly scrimmage game between players who will more then likely not make the team this season. California hockey is alive and well so much so that two 1st rounders at this years NHL draft were born and raised in the area. Current Duck 1st round draft choices Cam Fowler and Californian Emerson Etem were at prospects camp. Late rounder Devante Smith-Pelly as well as previous years picks Peter Holland, Justin Schultz, Jake Gardiner, Ryan Hegarty,...

Breaking News: Scott Neidermayer to Announce Retirement

TSN is reporting that Scott Neidermayer, one of the best defensemen in the modern history of the NHL, will announce his retirement at a press conference later today at the Honda Center in Anaheim. In his storied career, Neidermayer has won 4 Stanley Cups, two olympic gold medals, a Memorial Cup, a Norris Trophy, a Conn Smythe trophy, and 8 All-Star game appearances. Excuse me while I catch my breath. In his final season with the Ducks, where he spent the last 5 years of his career, Neidermayer led all Ducks defensemen with 48 points (10 goals, 38 assists, with a -9 rating) and proved to be the leader of Team Canada at February's Olympics. A definite first ballot hall of famer ...

Ducks Acquire Aaron Ward

The Anaheim Ducks have acquired defenseman Aaron Ward from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for goaltender Justin Pogge and a 4th round pick. Aaron Ward won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006, but has spent the last three seasons with the Boston Bruins before rejoining the Hurricanes this season. He has 1 goal and 10 assists for the Hurricanes this season, but he is not an offensive defender. In exchange, the Hurricanes acquire a 4th round pick and goaltending prospect Justin Pogge. Pogge, once a highly-touted Leafs prospect did not live up to his billing in Toronto and as a result was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks. He has posted a 12-7-3 record so far this season in the AHL with t...