Player News - Ducks

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Kevin Bieksa has inked a two-year, $8 million extension.

Bieksa still has a season left on his five-year, $23 million deal. In other words, once his present contract experiences, his cap hit will actually go down. He had four goals, 14 points, and 77 penalty minutes in 60 contests with Vancouver in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 9:53 AM

Paul MacLean has officially joined the Anaheim Ducks' bench as an assistant.

In addition to MacLean, Bruce Boudreau’s coaching staff will host assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Scott Niedermayer, along with goaltending consultant Dwayne Roloson and video coordinator Joe Piscotty. That's a lot of experience all on one bench. This is MacLean's second stint as an assistant in Anaheim, having previously served from 2002-04 which includes when the then-Mighty Ducks went to their franchise's first final.
Jun 30 - 6:32 PM

Vancouver has traded defenseman Kevin Bieksa to Anaheim for a 2016 second round draft pick.

The 34-year-old Bieksa has one season left on his contract which dings the cap at $4.6M, however his actual salary is just $2.5M. In 136 games for the Canucks over the last two seasons, Bieksa has scored just eight goals and 38 points with 153 hits, 181 PIMs, and 232 hits. The trade now gives Vancouver about $8.2M in cap space with only a few slots to fill. While Anaheim has about $20.8M in cap space, with several slots to fill. The trade may also spell the end of Francois Beauchemin's second stint in Anaheim.
Jun 30 - 6:15 PM

Matt Beleskey has been garnering plenty of interest as free agency approaches.

He has touched base with a dozen clubs and agent Murray Kuntz says Beleskey is slated to visit a few Eastern Conference teams this week. Beleskey will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 29 - 5:35 PM

Both the Vancouver Canucks and Kevin Bieksa's camp are frustrated that the team couldn't get a trade completed with the San Jose Sharks.

It's common knowledge that Bieksa is on the trade market and it appeared as though the two teams were close to a deal, but it never materialized. The Canucks were reportedly asking for a 2015 second round pick, but the Sharks weren't willing to let that pick go. If Bieksa doesn't end up in San Jose, there are 10 other teams reportedly interested in his services.
Jun 28 - 12:53 PM

The Anaheim Ducks will buyout Mike Fistric's contract according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

The Ducks placed Fistric on waivers on Sunday and once he clears, they will be able to make the buyout official. Fistric had two years remaining on his current deal with a cap hit of just over $1.2 million.
Jun 28 - 12:27 PM

General Manager Bob Murray said that the shoulder injury suffered by Nate Thompson was a bad one.

Thompson required surgery to repair two labral tears and do not expect the feisty forward to be back in action until November or December. He will likely not be at 100 percent upon his return. His big fantasy value is in faceoff wins so we would take a pass on him this season.
Jun 28 - 8:03 AM

Anaheim GM Bob Murray said that goaltender John Gibson is not on the trade block.

There were plenty of rumors when Murray dealt for Carolina netminder Anton Khudobin but the GM nixed those thoughts quickly in a press conference. "It’s funny," Murray said. "I make a deal and everybody obviously assumes one of the two is going. Maybe everybody should look back at what went on last year and the [bad situations] that were created with the injuries with these two guys and the different ways we tried to fix it and didn’t work. This way, we’re covered. We’re covered right now. I have no idea how it’ll play out at the start. But I just know I’ve got my back end covered right now." It looks like Frederik Andersen is slated to start and Gibson could find himself in the minors as he does not have to clear waivers next season.
Jun 28 - 6:24 AM

The Vancouver Canucks want a pair of second round draft picks for 34-year-old defender Kevin Bieksa.

You may wonder where some teams get their price values from, well for Canucks GM Jim Benning, he wants what Boston got in return for Johnny Boychuk last off-season. "I don’t think it’s too much, I think it’s fair," Benning said. "That’s what we were trying to get if we were going to move Kevin." For what it's worth, Boychuk was entering his age-31 season and didn't carry an injury history when Boston sent him to the New York Islanders.
Jun 27 - 9:29 PM

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Carl Hagelin and the 41st pick of the 2015 NHL Draft to the New York Rangers for Emerson Etem, the 59th choice and pick No. 179.

Hagelin is an intriguing addition to the Ducks, as he'll bring a ton of speed and useful skills to the table. The 26-year-old had 17 goals the past two seasons and was a solid playoff performer for the Rangers.
Jun 27 - 10:44 AM

The Anaheim Ducks dumped some salary in sending expensive defenseman James Wisniewski to the Carolina Hurricanes for Anton Khudobin on Saturday.

It's possible that the Ducks have another goaltending move brewing, but either way, they get rid of a player who was expensive and a healthy scratch for them after a big trade deadline addition.
Jun 27 - 10:40 AM

Paul MacLean will meet with Anaheim GM Bob Murray on Monday and should be named an assistant coach to Bruce Boudreau.

The former head coach was dumped by the Senators on December 8 after four seasons in Ottawa. He was an assistant earlier in his career in Anaheim under Mike Babcock. An announcement should be made shortly.
Jun 27 - 5:54 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have selected defenseman Jacob Larsson with the 27th overall pick of the 2015 NHL entry draft.

Larsson is a 6’2," 192 pound, lanky defensemen who models his game after his favorite player, Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Swedish born lefty is a smooth, mobile skater who makes smart plays and sees the ice well. He is an all-around defenseman who has high-end potential if he is able to bulk up and fill in his frame. Larsson spent the majority of the 2014-15 season with Frolunda’s junior team where he recorded eight goals and 11 assists in 30 games. He also played in 20 games with Frolunda’s top team last season, scoring a goal and two assists. On the international stage, Larsson was able to tally three assists in five games for team Sweden at the 2014 Under-18 World Juniors. His could be a solid top-four defenseman in the NHL down the line once he fills out a bit. Larsson will need more seasoning before he makes an impact in the NHL.
Jun 26 - 10:06 PM

It appears that San Jose is interested in acquiring veteran Vancouver defender Kevin Bieksa.

Bieksa is entering the final year of his five-year, $23M deal which dings the cap at $4.6M per. However the Canucks are about $5M from the cap ceiling, and the Sharks are short on defenders and have just under $18M in cap space. Bieksa meanwhile is entering his age-34 season, he's averaged 27 points, 92 PIMs, 137 hits, and 110 hits over the last three full schedule seasons.
Jun 25 - 9:59 PM

Max Friberg signed a new two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Friberg has played just one game for the Ducks thus far, but has scored 32 goals and 80 points for AHL Norfolk over the past two seasons. Which includes leading the team in assists with 25 and points with 40 last season. Not too shabby for the 143rd overall pick in 2011.
Jun 25 - 9:07 PM


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