Ducks Rumors & News

  • Ducks trade Theodore to Golden Knights

    The Hockey Writers "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..." June 22

  • Welcome Shea Theodore to the trade rumor mill

    Pro Hockey Talk "Today is the day. The deadline for the Vegas Golden Knights to submit their expansion draft selections has passed, and now we await for the roster to get revealed, as well as the supposedly many side deals George McPhee had with other clubs around the NHL. Yesterday, McPhee said he had “at..." June 21

  • Ryan Kesler of Ducks says recovery from surgery could be 4-5 months "Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said Tuesday it could take 4-5 months for him to recover from hip surgery earlier this month, calling the procedure an "extensive cleanup." "It's going to take awhile," Kesler said on the eve of the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile...." June 21

  • Ducks leave Sami Vatanen, Josh Manson available for NHL expansion draft

    Orange County Register "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. Protected lists were revealed Sunday and the..." June 19

  • Ducks don’t protect Manson or Vatanen, may have deal with Vegas

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee likely entertained multiple version of the question: “Am I better off picking that player or accepting the bounty that comes with picking a lesser one?” The scenarios get even more interesting since, as of Sunday morning, the rest of the league knows which..." June 18

  • Kesler undergoes hip surgery

    Fanrag Sports "Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler underwent hip surgery last week, which included removing bone fragments and a general “cleaning” of the area, the team announced on Saturday. He is expected to be able to resume to full activity in 12 weeks. Kesler appeared in all 82 games during the regular..." June 18

  • NHL, NHLPA have ‘conceptual agreement’ on Despres buyout

    Orange County Register "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 $18.5 million before the 2015-16 season, Despres was put on waivers for the purpose of the buyout...." June 17

  • Ducks waive Simon Despres

    Sportsnet "The Anaheim Ducks have placed defenceman Simon Despres on waivers to be bought out. Despres appeared in one game this past season before landing on long-term injured reserve with a concussion. The native of Laval, Que., has scored six goals and registered 37 assists in 193 NHL contests." June 16

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Anaheim Ducks Thought To Have Side-Deal With Vegas

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Bob McKenzie of TSN announced on Twitter that the Anaheim Ducks and Vegas Golden Knights are believed to have a side-deal worked out already in regards to the expansion draft. This comes on the heels of rumblings that the team did not ask Kevin Bieksa to waive his no-trade clause, something that..." June 13

  • Ducks avoid asking Bieksa to waive NMC, have deal in place

    TSN "The Anaheim Ducks have a trade in place with the Vegas Golden Knights ahead of the June 21 expansion draft, according to TSN Hockey Bob McKenzie. Though the details of the trade are still unclear, it allowed Anaheim to not have to ask defenceman Kevin Bieksa to waive his no-movement clause...." June 13

  • Devils, Bolts and Leafs could make play for Vatanen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New Jersey Devils are in a good spot, for sort of a bad reason. With the expansion draft looming, and a player like Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen potentially available via trade, the Devils might be able to swoop in. Why? Well, just consider New Jersey’s defense, where only Damon..." June 13

  • Andrew Cogliano doesn't know if he'll be protected

    Orange County Register "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. But will that relationship continue next season? It..." June 09

  • Ducks extend coach Randy Carlyle's contract through the 2018-19 season

    Los Angeles Times "Skepticism was rife when Randy Carlyle began his second coaching leg with the Ducks last year. By the end of this season, it looked like the smartest move they could have made. Carlyle’s success in his return season earned him a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season, with an..." June 03

  • Ducks and assistant coach Paul MacLean mutually part ways

    Los Angeles Times "The Ducks and assistant coach Paul MacLean have “mutually parted ways” following the expiration of MacLean’s contract, the team announced Thursday. MacLean spent the last two seasons with the Ducks as an assistant under former coach Bruce Boudreau and his successor, Randy Carlyle. He..." June 02

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Eaves 'would love' to re-sign with Ducks

    TSN "Patrick Eaves is coming the first 30-goal campaign of his 12-year career and is expected to draw plenty of interest on the open market on July 1. Eaves, who missed the entire Western Conference Final with a high-ankle sprain and a deep bone bruise, said Thursday he'd be happy re-signing with..." May 26

  • Kesler calls Game 6 loss to Nashville the ‘toughest’ of his career

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Kesler has lost some big games in his career. He was on the United States team that lost to Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was on the Vancouver Canucks team that lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. But apparently neither..." May 25

  • Ducks' Vatanen, Lindholm out longterm with torn labrums

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not a great week for the Anaheim Ducks. After being eliminated in Game 6 of the Western Conference final — the toughest loss of Ryan Kesler’s career, apparently — the Ducks broke more bad news on Friday as GM Bob Murray announced d-men Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen both require torn labrum..." May 25

  • ‘All signs point’ to contract extension for Ducks’ Fowler

    Pro Hockey Talk "“All signs point toward” a contract extension for Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun reported this morning that talks between the Ducks and the 25-year-old defenseman are expected to resume next week. Talks so far have been “positive,” said..." May 25

  • Ryan Johansen doesn't regret Kesler comments, wanted to shake Ducks' hands

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Johansen isn’t backing down about his criticisms of the way Ryan Kesler plays. Not after the Nashville Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks. Not as he recovers from emergency surgery. That was the top bulletin-board material from a great interview Johansen participated in with TSN 1040..." May 25

  • Looking at the NHL’s top 12 buyout candidates in 2017

    Sportsnet "Under-performing players, albatross contracts and a relatively flat 2017-18 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon hand you a get-out-jail card. But it ain’t free. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to..." May 24

  • Carlyle says Ducks were dealt ‘tough hand’ by schedule-makers

    Pro Hockey Talk "Call it sour grapes if you wish, but Randy Carlyle thinks the Anaheim Ducks got screwed by the NHL’s schedule-maker. The head coach launched his complaint last night after his Ducks fell to the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. “I don’t think we played poorly in..." May 23

  • Ducks face trade decisions, expansion dilemma this off-season

    Sportsnet "“This is the worst feeling in hockey,” Ryan Getzlaf told reporters in the wake of Monday’s elimination in the Western Conference final. Their 2016-17 campaign marked the second time in three springs that Getzlaf’s Anaheim Ducks had excelled in the NHL’s final four yet failed to win the right to..." May 23

  • Ducks forward Sorensen signs in Swedish League

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nick Sorensen, the forward taken 45th overall by Anaheim in 2013, has opted to return to Europe and sign a two-year pact with SHL club Linkoping, the team announced on Tuesday. Sorensen, 22, returned to North America this season after spending ’14-15 and ’15-16 in Sweden (the latter with..." May 23

  • Eaves and Rakell will miss Game 6

    Pro Hockey Talk "This isn’t good news for the Anaheim Ducks. On Sunday, head coach Randy Carlyle said that forwards Patrick Eaves and Rickard Rakell did not travel with the team to Nashville and will not be available for Game 6 tomorrow. The Ducks trail the Nashville Predators 3-2 in the Western Conference..." May 22

  • Gibson skates, could start as Ducks face elimination in Nashville

    Pro Hockey Talk "John Gibson, who exited Game 5 of the Anaheim-Nashville series with a lower-body injury, could be back in the Ducks’ goal tonight for Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena. Gibson participated in today’s morning skate, and was the first goalie to exit. Jonathan Bernier, who came on in relief on Saturday..." May 22

  • NHL, NHLPA missed opportunity with Getzlaf ruling

    Sportsnet "Hey, NHL. Rainbow tape isn’t enough. Anyone can tape up a stick with pinks and reds and purples, use it at a skills competition, and then fall right back into our black-and-white hockey culture the next day. What’s hard is to look in the mirror and ask, “Why?” Why have the other sports’..." May 22

  • Ryan Getzlaf of Ducks apologizes for inappropriate comment "Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who was fined $10,000 on Saturday by the NHL for an inappropriate comment made during Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, apologized and said he accepted responsibility for his words. "Obviously a situation..." May 21

  • John Gibson of Ducks leaves Game 5 against Predators "Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center on Saturday, but coach Randy Carlyle didn't rule him out for Game 6 in Nashville on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC,..." May 21

  • NHL fines Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf for inappropriate remark "Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been fined $10,000, the maximum permitted under the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, for directing an inappropriate remark toward another on-ice participant in Thursday's Game 4 of the team's Western Conference Final Stanley Cup Playoff series with..." May 20

  • Patrick Eaves of Ducks skates for first time since injury "Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaves skated Saturday for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Edmonton Oilers on April 30, according to coach Randy Carlyle. Carlyle said later that the following day [Sunday] would be..." May 20

  • NHL announces Stanley Cup Final dates

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the dates for the Stanley Cup Final with Game 1 officially set for May 29. Home-ice advantage will be determined by which team recorded the most regular season points. If the Pittsburgh Penguins (111) make it to the final they are guaranteed to host Game 1. The only..." May 20

  • Ducks need to do a better job of staying out of the box in crucial moments

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Anaheim Ducks were able to get off to a fantastic start in Nashville during Game 4 (they dominated the shot clock 14-2 and led 1-0 heading into the second period). But despite going into the third frame with a 2-0 lead, they allowed the Predators to force overtime. Anaheim still managed..." May 19

  • Friedman: Couldn’t believe what Ducks got away with in overtime

    Sportsnet "The Anaheim Ducks got into penalty trouble late in regulation of Game 4 against the Nashville Predators, almost costing themselves the game with a string of infractions and penalty box stints. And while the penalties stopped coming in the overtime period, the rough stuff certainly..." May 19

  • Predators wear down Gibson, Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Heading into the third period, the Nashville Predators had yet to find a way to beat Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson after 28 shots. However, there is something magical about the Predators and sold-out Bridgestone Arena these days. Nashville broke through with a..." May 17

  • Ducks rally to defeat Predators, even series at 1-1

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In danger of falling into an two-game hole against the Nashville Predators, the Anaheim Ducks used a second-period comeback to even the Western Conference finals. Nick Ritchie scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the Ducks rallied for a 5-3 victory over..." May 16

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • Kesler on Johansen: 'He's not my friend, he's not going to be my friend'

    TSN "Ducks forward Ryan Kesler says he 'doesn't care' what Ryan Johansen is saying to the media about their on-ice battles, and that Johansen isn't his friend and won't ever be his friend. Kesler also explains that he's just going to keep playing his style in hopes of continuing to get into the..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Ryan Johansen on Ryan Kesler: 'I don't know how you can cheer for a guy like that'

    ESPN "With the spotlight already shining brightly on the matchup between the Nashville Predators' Ryan Johansen and the Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler, Game 2 of the Western Conference finals just added some theatrics and biting dialogue. Johansen, who has four points and has been on the ice for five of..." May 15

  • How old-school Randy Carlyle updated his style with the Anaheim Ducks

    Sportsnet "My favourite description of Randy Carlyle the National Hockey League head coach came from Jason Blake, the little winger who was a Duck near the end of Carlyle’s first tour in Anaheim. “It’s not your coach’s job to be your friend,” Blake said of Carlyle. “But there’s a difference between that,..." May 14

  • Neal delivers in OT as Predators edge Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Nashville Predators were the Western Conference's lowest seed entering the NHL playoffs. Using the same formula that led them to victory in the first two playoff rounds, they drew first blood in their Western Conference final series against the Anaheim Ducks. James..." May 13

  • 2017 NHL Conference Finals are the league’s weakest playoff slate in years

    The Comeback "The NHL Conference Finals start Friday, which is usually a pretty exciting time for hockey fans. The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks face off in the west, while in the east, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators are matched up. This year may be no different for most, but I can’t quite..." May 13

  • Western Conference finals tickets more than twice cost of East

    CBS Sports "The Eastern Conference finals tout the NHL's defending Stanley Cup champions in the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it's the Western Conference showdown that figures to be reeling in the dough at the gate. Tickets for the Nashville Predators-Anaheim Ducks series, according to TickPick, average nearly..." May 13

  • Preds' Johansen: Ducks not that different from team we beat last year "The Nashville Predators are acutely aware of the challenge facing the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final. Last season, Nashville rallied from down 3-2 in the first round to defeat Anaheim with a 2-1 win in Game 7 at Honda Center. The Predators know there will be a narrative about the..." May 12

  • Ducks sneak past Oilers in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After four consecutive postseasons of failure and frustration, the Anaheim Ducks exorcized their Game 7 demons with a gritty triumph. Despite surrendering an early fluke goal that could have sent them to the same final-game fate, they rallied to move to within eight wins..." May 11