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Teemu Selanne's new biography revealed that he didn't see eye-to-eye with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

Selanne felt Boudreau didn't make proper use of him and pointed to his limited playing time as evidence. That was a longstanding disagreement between them, but it reached its boiling point when Selanne was made a healthy scratch in Game 4 of the Ducks' first-round series against Dallas in 2014. Selanne confronted Boudreau over what he felt was a humiliating act and the two haven't spoken since. Selanne went as far as to skip the exit interviews. Selanne did add that he feels the differences between the two are hockey-related and not personal.
Sep 18 - 10:03 AM

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau feels Ryan Kesler provides the Anaheim Ducks with something they lacked last season.

"He's a big, strong centerman," Boudreau said of Kesler. "As much as I loved all of the players on our team last year, Saku (Koivu) wasn't very big, Nick Bonino isn't very big and Mathieu Perreault isn't very big. Now we have that big centerman who can play against every other team's top line, and allow Ryan Getzlaf's line not to have to play against them, especially at home." Kesler is expected to typically center the second line after being acquired from Vancouver. The Ducks are betting on the idea that the one-two punch of Ryan Getzlaf and Kesler will help Anaheim not only excel in the regular season, but also edge out top teams like Chicago and Los Angeles in the playoffs.
Sep 18 - 6:29 AM

The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

The second-rounder (42nd overall in 2010) scored two goals and 10 points in 19 games with shaky possession numbers. It's difficult to imagine him making a big fantasy impact next season, but it wouldn't be surprising if he beat his career-high games played of 49 back in 2011-12. At 22, there's plenty of room to improve.
Sep 16 - 4:08 PM

The Anaheim Ducks and Devante Smith-Pelly have made "a little bit" of progress since resuming contract negotiations last week.

Smith-Pelly is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had two goals and 10 points in 19 games in 2013-14. He was a good bet to make the Ducks' opening game roster, but if he holds out much longer, that might change.
Sep 16 - 9:39 AM

Nick Ritchie netted his first goal in a Ducks' uniform during the rookie tournament.

Ritchie found the back of the net during an Anaheim power play in the second period of Sunday's game against the San Jose Sharks' rookies. The Ducks played a pair of games against them over the weekend and won both contests. "I think in both games I had a pretty solid effort," Ritchie said. "It was a good team effort and that helps your individual game as well. I did a lot of good things. Obviously it wasn't perfect but I will take a lot away from these two games." This is just a warmup for Ritchie as the real test for him will come during Anaheim's training camp. He's a long shot to make the team, but is still worth keeping an eye on after being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Sep 15 - 5:12 AM

Stefan Noesen had a goal and two assists to lead Anaheim to a 5-4 shootout win over San Jose in a Futures game.

Noesen played only two AHL games last season before tearing his ACL and MCL which required surgery that ended his season. Noesen is highly regarded and was Ottawa's first round pick, 21st overall in the 2011 Draft. He was part of the trade that sent Bobby Ryan to Ottawa. Rikard Rackell, Andrew O'Brien and William Karlsson also scored for the Ducks, who open their main camp this week.
Sep 14 - 6:22 AM

Do not expect Nick Ritchie to crack the Anaheim Ducks lineup out of training camp.

Ritchie was selected 10th overall in the 2014 Draft and while he has a chance to be a star at the NHL level, the extra year in junior and playing in the World U20 Championships will certainly help his career. "It's pretty cool to get your first NHL training camp," Ritchie said. "I'm going through every day and working hard. The rookie games will be a good test to see where everyone is at. It's just a fine time right now. Everyone here is trying to make the team and that's not going to happen for everyone. But a good camp goes a long way in deciding where you're going to play, and being good every day will help as well." Ritchie is worth taking in dynasty pools at this time.
Sep 13 - 7:51 AM

Nicolas Kerdiles is thrilled to be at rookie camp for the Anaheim Ducks.

Kerdiles spent two years at the University of Wisconsin after being drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft. He is projected to be a power forward but will likely need some time honing his skills in the minors. "I’m excited," Kerdiles said. "I'm used to the conditioning camp and playing with the younger guys. To get my opportunity with the guys that are actually on the team and kind of fight for a spot is going to be a real fun position for me. You get an opportunity in training camp and you try to make the best of it and then hopefully you get to wear that jersey one day and play a regular-season NHL game."
Sep 13 - 7:46 AM

Devante Smith-Pelly has yet to sign a contract.

The agent for the restricted free agent and the Ducks finally chatted about a new contract on Thursday but nothing was resolved. Smith-Pelly has nine goals in 75 career NHL games so his bargaining power is negligible but did score five times in 12 playoff games with Anaheim last season. Smith-Pelly has a shot at the first line this season alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, a spot that he filled nicely at the end of the 2013-14 season but could also drop to a role as a bottom six forward so signing a deal and getting into camp is a necessity.
Sep 13 - 5:20 AM

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu reflected on Saku Koivu's career and what it meant to him.

Saku, who is the older brother of Mikko, announced his retirement Wednesday morning. Mikko never liked playing against his brother and called the possibility of them facing each other in the playoffs his biggest fear. However, when Saku had the opportunity to eliminate that possibility by signing with Minnesota, he chose not to do so, feeling it was Mikko's team. "More than anything, he wanted to protect me and give me my time to do my thing here," Mikko explained. "I think it felt right for him and I respected that. Looking back, I think it was the right call for us." Saku Koivu had a long and fruitful career and Mikko Koivu's NHL tenure has been largely successful too. The younger Koivu has 130 goals and 452 points in 601 games.
Sep 10 - 4:07 PM

Head coach Bruce Boudreau has inked a two-year extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

Boudreau is now signed through 2016-17. He's entering his eighth season as a head coach and has an impressive 312-143-62. However, his teams have a tendency to struggle in the playoffs after strong regular season showings. In fact, he's never coached a team past the second round of the postseason, which is something he'll need to do in 2014-15 to match the team's heightened expectations.
Sep 10 - 12:22 PM

Saku Koivu has decided to retire from the NHL after 18 seasons in the league.

"Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey first in Finland and then in the NHL I feel truly blessed and fulfilled," Koivu said. "I have been contemplating retirement for quite some time and am very confident in my decision at this time and place." Koivu finished with 255 goals and 832 points in 1,124 games with the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks. He won the Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2002 and then the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2007. On the international stage, he's won nine medals with Finland, including a silver in the 2006 Olympics and gold in the 1995 World Championship.
Sep 10 - 11:05 AM

Anaheim goaltender John Gibson was ranked number 2 among prospects by heading into the 2014-15 season.

Gibson placed behind only the dynamic Jonathan Drouin and was easily the top netminder on the list. He's expected to enter the season in a battle for playing time with Frederik Andersen and stands a good chance to carve out a significant role.
Sep 9 - 9:42 PM

Dany Heatley is looking forward to getting a shot to play alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

"My job is to get in shape and be ready to play with those two guys," Heatley said. "I know those guys, and I've played with both of them, particularly [Getzlaf]. I love playing with the guy. He's one of the best players in the League, as is Corey Perry. We'll see what Bruce wants to do. But my job is to be ready to go and be ready to get a chance with those two guys." The Ducks hope that Heatley's veteran leadership will rub off on some of the team's younger players as well. He recorded just 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games last season with Minnesota, but could be worth a look if he spends extended time alongside Getzlaf and Perry.
Sep 1 - 6:17 PM

Frederik Andersen is penciled in as Anaheim's starting goalie entering training camp, but not even coach Bruce Boudreau knows how the team's crease situation will turn out yet.

"We think we've got two really good goalies and an experienced, veteran goalie," Boudreau said referring to Andersen, John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera. "I think we're OK there, I just don't know how it will shake out." Gibson has a shot at being the Ducks' starter as well, but with LaBarbera on the roster the young netminder could also begin the year in the minors to get playing time and continue his development.
Sep 1 - 1:27 PM

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