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Dany Heatley scored a goal for the Ducks Monday night in a 4-0 split-squad win over Colorado in preseason action.

These two teams engaged in two contests on the night with split squads appearing at different locations. The goal was Heatley's first in an Anaheim uniform while Brendan Bell, Ben Lovejoy and Rickard Rakell also scored in the shutout victory. Goaltender Frederik Andersen was perfect as he blocked all 27 shots he faced for the clean sheet.

Andrew Cogliano scored a goal for the Ducks in their preseason-opening victory over the Avalanche Monday night.

Cogliano is one of the league's most underrated commodities as his two-way game often goes unnoticed in fantasy circles. Brad Winchester also netted a couple of goals while Jakob Silfverberg and Patrick Maroon also scored goals. Jason LaBarbera received the start in goal and allowed two goals on 21 shots through two periods while Igor Bobkov stopped all five shots he faced in the third frame.
Sep 23 - 2:51 AM

Dany Heatley thinks playing for the Ducks provides him with a good opportunity for him to show that he can still contribute offensively.

Heatley might end up playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, which is obviously an enviable assignment. "I score goals," Heatley said. "I've always been offensive and I think I can contribute offensively on this team. We’ll see what happens. I never like to put numbers on a season but I feel good about it and I'm excited to get started." We don't expect big things from Heatley after he scored 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games in 2013-14.
Sep 22 - 6:36 AM

Ryan Kesler's play during the first two days of training camp has impressed coach Bruce Boudreau.

And why shouldn't he as Kesler has been a strong center in the NHL for the past six seasons for the Canucks before the off-season trade that sent him to Anaheim. "He gives us new varieties of things to do," Boudreau said. "As far as matchups go, if a team was matching up against (Ryan) Getzlaf's line, we didn't have that other big center that you needed to match up against their number one line. That's one of the ways he's going to come in very handy." Look for a big season from Kesler as he is rejuvenated in Southern California.
Sep 21 - 5:25 AM

Emerson Etem is looking for this to be the year that he finally stays with the Anaheim Ducks.

Etem was selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 Draft and has spent the last two seasons split between the Ducks and their AHL affiliate. He gets a break this season in that Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne have retired, opening up space as a top-six forward. "I want him to make us make the tough decisions, make it difficult on us," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If he doesn't have a good camp, it's an easy decision. If he has a good camp, it's going to be a tough decision because we think he’s an NHL player. Let’s be honest, as a junior, he got by on his skill and speed and he didn't need to know much about both ends of the ice. But in the NHL, you have to be able to know both ends of the ice to be a successful player and have a successful team. I think he's still in the learning process, but he's diligent and willing to learn."
Sep 21 - 5:20 AM

Matt Beleskey has fully recovered from the torn abdominal muscle that ended his season during the playoffs in May.

Beleskey was reported to have a lower body injury at the time and it's now known that it was his abdominal muscle. Surgery was given some consideration at the time but it was decided that rehab was the best option. There is still a touch of pain and Beleskey still isn't 100 percent sure when forced to battle for the puck. "Mentality I'm just more cautious," Beleskey said. "That split second on the ice can be your moment of cautiousness, and it can cost you. I haven't had anything or done anything where I was worried about injuring myself. I've come back from a few injuries in my career, so it's a process." Beleskey is a bottom six forward this season and as a result has little fantasy value.
Sep 20 - 6:26 AM

Kyle Palmieri has a high ankle sprain.

The Ducks hope that Palmieri will be able to play in their last preseason game on Oct. 4, but we wouldn't be shocked if he ends up missing the start of the season. He had 14 goals and 31 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Sep 19 - 3:11 PM

Shea Theodore has suffered an ulnar collateral ligament sprain.

Theodore will be out for four-to-six weeks as a result. He was a long shot to make the Ducks' opening game roster to begin with, but this will deny him the opportunity to show what he can do during the preseason.
Sep 19 - 1:53 PM

Brandon Yip was a surprise addition to the Anaheim Ducks training camp roster.

The former 239th overall pick in the 2004 draft hasn't played a regular shift in the NHL since his time with Colorado in 2010-11, but he did manage to set professional scoring highs for himself while with Portland of the AHL. Yip potted 34 points in 66 games last year, a feat he hadn't reached since college.
Sep 19 - 1:47 AM

Teemu Selanne has apologized following the reaction to his critical comments about Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau in his autobiography.

"I’m sorry if I hurt Bruce or anyone else, that was not my intent," said Selanne through a statement. "As I’ve said many times, Bruce is a nice guy, but we simply had a different view on my role with the Ducks." Selanne was reportedly angry at his role on the Ducks and his healthy scratch in Game 4 of April's first round series versus Dallas. The legendary Finn wrote about it in his book, while Boudreau responded that Selanne was one of his favorites, and he would not say anything bad about the future hall of famer.
Source: Yahoo
Sep 18 - 8:31 PM

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

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