Player News - Ducks

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Louis Leblanc has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks acquired Leblanc from Montreal for a conditional fifth round pick, which will be activated if he played in at least 15 games with Anaheim next season. He had 28 points and 63 penalty minutes in 70 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Jul 11 - 6:41 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have re-sign Jesse Blacker to a one-year, two-way deal.

The Ducks acquired Blacker from the Toronto Maple Leafs in November. He will come with an annual cap hit of $550,000 at the NHL level.
Jul 10 - 9:45 PM

Matt Clark has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Anaheim.

Clark can earn $550,000 if he spends the season with the Ducks, but we doubt that will happen. He had two assists in 23 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Jul 10 - 9:43 PM

Dany Heatley sees the move to Anaheim as a chance for him to bounce back.

"I feel like I was kind of in a tough spot in Minnesota," Heatley said. "I feel like I have a lot to give and want to prove a lot of people wrong. I'm very happy that Anaheim has given me that chance." Part of the reason we don't like Heatley's chances of bouncing back in any meaningful way is because he's been on a steady decline for years. This wasn't just a matter of one rough season and it didn't start with his move to Minnesota. You can't fault the Ducks for giving Heatley a chance when the cost was just a one-year, $1 million deal, but there's a reason why he had to settle for that amount in the first place.
Jul 10 - 9:19 AM

Dany Heatley has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

The chances of Heatley bouncing back to the point where he's a serviceable top-six forward aren't great, but we can't fault the Ducks for taking a chance on him at that price. Heatley had 12 goals and 28 points in 76 contests in 2013-14.
Jul 9 - 5:53 PM

Dany Heatley might end up with the Anaheim Ducks.

There's apparently mutual interest between the two parties. Heatley declined to the point where he scored just 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games last season and we aren't optimistic about his chances of rebounding. Still, if the Ducks or another team can get him to agree to a cheap, one-year deal then he would be worth the risk.
Jul 9 - 3:59 PM

Dany Heatley is still in search of a suitor for next season, as the unrestricted free agent looks for a relevant role with an NHL club after failing to live up to his big-money contract.

The two-time 50-goal scorer has not been a top-six forward for a while now, despite the $7.5 million he's been earning on average for the past six years. But the 33 year-old could be an asset if he takes on a different role and accepts a lot less money for the upcoming NHL season. A healthy scratch in the final days of the regular season, Heatley notched six points in 11 playoff games and might be worth a short term, sub-$2 million risk.
Jul 4 - 7:41 PM

The Anaheim Ducks' willingness to give Clayton Stoner a fourth year played a big role in him signing with the team.

Stoner inked a four-year, $13 million contract on July 1. He had five points and 84 penalty minutes in 63 games with Minnesota last season. "As a player on a different team, you always look at Anaheim as being a beautiful place to live," Stoner said. "But at the same time, it’s amazing what they've done as an organization. A lot of times, the warmer climates aren't big hockey meccas, and sometimes the teams aren't as good, but Anaheim goes completely against that."
Jul 2 - 8:12 AM

Jason LaBarbera has agreed to a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

Right now it looks like Frederik Andersen and John Gibson will start the season as the Ducks' goaltenders, but LaBarbera might be able to earn a spot out of training camp. Of course, we wouldn't rule out the possibility of Anaheim getting a more established NHL goaltender before the summer's over.
Jul 1 - 6:47 PM

Clayton Stoner has agreed to a four-year, $13 million contract with Anaheim.

Stoner had five points and 84 penalty minutes in 63 games in 2013-14. Even if you're looking for a source of penalty minutes, you can do better than Stoner in standard leagues.
Jul 1 - 12:44 PM

Igor Bobkov has agreed to a one-year contract extension with Anaheim.

He spent most of the 2013-14 campaign in the ECHL, where he posted a 17-8-4 record with two shutouts, a 2.04 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 29 games with Utah.
Jun 30 - 3:37 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have acquired center Nate Thompson from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for two 2015 draft picks.

The Lightning will get a fourth and seventh round pick for Thompson as the Ducks continue to strengthen down the middle after acquiring Ryan Kesler on Thursday. Thompson will help on the penalty kill and at the face off dot. He chipped in with nine goals and 16 points last season so his fantasy value is negligible.
Jun 30 - 6:52 AM

Marcus Pettersson was chosen by the Anaheim Ducks with the 38th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

The Ducks made this selection with Toronto's pick, which was acquired in the Peter Holland deal. The 6-foot-4, 167-pound Pettersson is a project with great upside. He has intriguing tools to become a two-way defenseman at the NHL, it’s just a matter of refining them and gaining the strength to become harder on the puck and more willing to engage physically. The Swedish blueliner plays in all situations, modeling his game after fellow countryman Jonas Brodin. The former center has terrific puck skills and offensive instincts, with great distribution skills and a hard shot. While he is a good skater for his size, his agility could improve. Pettersson’s defensive side needs work, though he is sound positionally and has a long reach. The rearguard tallied 18 points in Swedish juniors, where he was the assistant captain and took on a leadership role.
Jun 28 - 11:07 AM

The opportunity for Nick Ritchie to make the Ducks out of training camp is beyond slim and closer to none, according to the Orange County Register.

But Anaheim's first overall draft choice is not fazed by the longshot status. "I think if you want to do something, you've got to believe that you can," Ritchie said. "I think that I'm ready to do that. I'm going to do whatever it takes to hopefully make that team." Ritchie, a 6-foot-2, 226-pound winger, was the 10th overall choice in Friday's NHL draft.
Jun 28 - 8:49 AM

Ryan Kesler, who was acquired in a trade by the Ducks from the Canucks hours ahead of Friday night's NHL Entry Draft, spent all 10 years of his NHL career with Vancouver but is excited about going to Anaheim.

"For me and my family, it's a positive move," Kesler said. "We’re excited to be going to Anaheim. At the same time, we've called Vancouver home for the last 11 years. We have friends on the team, friends in the city and the organization has treated us very well. Saying that, I'm going to Anaheim to win a championship. That's going to be my sole goal and my team's sole goal. That's basically it."
Jun 28 - 8:44 AM


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