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Rickard Rakell | Center | #67

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/5/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 201
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / ANA
Contract: view contract details

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Rickard Rakell might join the Anaheim Ducks next week.
Rakell has been waiting to secure a work visa before he leaves Sweden. He's been working out and skating in the meantime, but he'll probably need to participate in some practices with the Ducks before he makes his season debut. After starting the season as a contract holdout, he inked a six-year, $22.8 million deal on Oct. 14. Oct 21 - 9:23 AM

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It might be two weeks before Rickard Rakell makes his season debut, per his agent.

Rakell inked a six-year, $22.8 million contract with the Ducks, but he's still in Sweden and needs to obtain a work visa. Plus he might need to get into some practices with Anaheim before he's ready to play given that he missed training camp.
Oct 14 - 6:14 PM

Rickard Rakell has signed a six-year, $22.8 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Rakell was reportedly seeking a six-year, $24 million deal, so if that's true then he ended up getting something fairly close to his wish. After the now 23-year-old scored 20 goals and 43 points in 72 contests in 2015-16, this seems like a pretty good price for Anaheim as well. That being said, there's some short-term hurdles he might have to endure. Rakell already missed all of training camp and the Ducks' season opener, so rust is a concern at this point. On top of that, he's still in Sweden and needs to get a work visa, so it's still going to be a little bit before he's available to make his 2016-17 debut.
Oct 14 - 2:41 PM

Rickard Rakell and the Anaheim Ducks are "not any closer yet" to agreeing to a new contract, per agent Peter Wallen.

Rakell remains a restricted free agent and at this point it seems safe to say that he will miss the Ducks' opener. How much time he misses after that though is anyone's guess. While the situation doesn't sound encouraging right now, news of an agreement could emerge at any time without any prior hints.
Oct 12 - 8:38 AM

Rickard Rakell's agent, Peter Wallen, reported that this week there's been no progress made towards a new contract between the Anaheim Ducks and his client.

Rakell remains a restricted free agent and with Anaheim's first regular season game just a week away, this is getting concerning. As it is Rakell has missed almost the Ducks' entire training camp and while he was initially expected to participate in the World Cup, he was removed from Sweden's roster after being hospitalized with a virus. With that in mind, rust could be a meaningful concern at this point.
Oct 6 - 8:45 AM

Rickard Rakell is reportedly seeking a contract in the ballpark of $24 million over six years.

Rakell had 20 goals and 43 points in 72 contests last season. The Ducks are believed to be interested in a long-term deal, so it might not be the term so much as the total value that's the sticking point. He's a restricted free agent and with the preseason already underway, obviously the sooner Rakell and the Ducks can find a common ground, the better it will likely be for both sides. That being said, there's an additional complication as he's recovering from an appendectomy.
Sep 29 - 9:38 AM

Rickard Rakell hasn't been able to skate or train, but he is progressing from the complications he sustained from an appendectomy.

He had surgery in mid-September to remove some scar tissue and could be back skating within a week. Rakell may not be ready for the start of the regular season, though. He also still has to work out a new contract with the Ducks and TSN's Bob McKenzie speculates that it could be a six-year deal at somewhere below $4 million AAV.
Sep 28 - 6:28 PM

Rickard Rakell will be resting for the next two weeks.

The budding centerman had scar tissue removed from his appendectomy, and will need some time to recover. Ducks fans should expect him to be ready to go come opening night.
Sep 17 - 8:13 PM

Rickard Rakell has been removed from Team Sweden's roster after being hospitalized with a stomach virus.

Rakell himself was an injury replacement for Alexander Steen. "He is in enormous pain and can't eat at all," agent Peter Wallen said of Rakell. "So they put him [in a] hospital to give him IV and stop the pain." Rakell was absent for the last seven regular season games of the 2015-16 campaign because of appendicitis, though he was able to return for the playoffs. He's still a restricted free agent after scoring 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games last season.
Sep 12 - 4:18 PM

Rickard Rakell will replace Alexander Steen on Team Sweden's World Cup roster.

Steen had off-season shoulder surgery and won't be ready for the tournament. Rakell scored a career-high 23 goals and 43 points in 72 games with Anaheim last season. The 23-year-old represented Sweden at three World Junior Championships (2011-13. He won a gold medal in 2012 and a silver in 2013.
Aug 19 - 12:57 PM

Rickard Rakell and the Ducks are still participating in ongoing negotiations.

Rakell's agent expressed optimism last month that the two sides would be able to find common ground. Anaheim also has to get defenseman Hampus Lindholm signed to a new deal. Both of them are coming off entry-level contracts and they figure to be key players for the team moving forward, so they are seeking multiyear agreements.
Aug 10 - 5:50 PM

Rickard Rakell's agent is hopeful that a deal will be reached with the Ducks.

"We are talking and I think we will find common ground for a solid agreement as I feel both parties seem to want that to happen very much," said Peter Wallen. Rakell could end up with a multiyear deal around the $4 million per season range. The 23-year-old notched 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games last campaign.
Jul 29 - 1:41 PM

Rickard Rakell isn't arbitration eligible, so his contract talks could be put on hold while the Ducks address other off-season moves first.

He enjoyed a breakout season in 2015-16 with 20 goals and 23 assists in 72 contests. "They're at a point where we give them qualifying offers," GM Bob Murray said referring to Rakell and fellow RFA Hampus Lindholm. "That is not a time-sensitive issue. That could take well into August and September before that gets done. We'll take our time. Obviously they're very important to the organization and we hope to get them signed and keep them for long term."
Jun 20 - 10:00 AM

Rickard Rakell highlights a number of free agents who the Ducks will have to make decisions on during the off-season.

Rakell, Brandon Pirri, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen are restricted free agents, while Shawn Horcoff, Jamie McGinn, David Perron, Mike Santorelli, Chris Stewart and Korbinian Holzer are potential unrestricted free agents. Roster changes are expected to happen, so some of those UFAs could be let go. Rakell will be re-signed after he posted 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games this past campaign.

Rickard Rakell said that coach Bruce Boudreau was not the only one to blame for the Ducks losing their fourth straight Game 7.

The problem with being a coach is that it's easier to fire one coach than get rid of 23 players. "Bruce is a passionate coach and you can’t blame only him for what happened," Rakell told Swedish daily Expressen Friday. "But maybe it’s time to bring in some new energy and an new voice when you have such a good team and lost so many important games in the playoffs." Rakell had a breakthrough season under Boudreau with 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games as he missed the last seven games after undergoing surgery for an appendectomy. Look for Rakell to improve on those numbers next season so draft him accordingly.
Apr 30 - 7:14 AM

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