Player News - Ducks

Date: Team: Pos:

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.
Source: NHL.com
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.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 1 - 1:27 PM

Shea Theodore has an outside chance of making the Ducks' opening night roster, as the tall but slender defenseman will likely need to beef up in his final OHL season before sticking around with Anaheim.

It's not impossible for the strong-skating offensive defenseman to make the big squad with an impressive training camp, but the Ducks are a deep team with limited playing time for a 19 year-old rookie who lacks NHL-ready strength and defensive skills. Theodore boasts a terrific shot and smooth passing skills which earned him 79 points in 70 games last season in the WHL. He will likely torch that league once again this coming season before getting a real opportunity to play in the pros.
Aug 31 - 11:16 AM

Devante Smith-Pelly seems poised to stick around with the Ducks this season after spending most of the past two seasons in the minors.

The 22 year-old power forward is a fast, physical winger who has a keen ability to score, as proven by the five playoff goals he scored in 12 games last season. Smith-Pelly spent 49 games in the NHL in 2011-12, but toiled in the AHL for 110 games over the past two years, racking up 75 points. Since his NHL contract kicked in right away in 2011, the Ducks need to give the six-foot, 222 pounder a new contract this season. The Scarborough, Ont. native's fantasy value could skyrocket this season if he establishes a spot next to Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf like he did late last year. Smith-Pelly might also be used on a depth energy line, so his point production will depend on where Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau likes to play him.
Aug 30 - 10:12 AM

Devante Smith-Pelly is still waiting for a new contract, but one doesn't appear to imminent.

His camp has spoken periodically over the summer with the Ducks and two sides are still negotiating. Smith-Pelly is coming off his entry-level deal and he's produced 23 points, including nine goals, in 75 career games. He led Anaheim with five goals in 12 contests during the playoffs.
Aug 15 - 3:05 PM

Jakob Silfverberg signed a one-year contract with the Ducks that will pay him $850,500.

Silfverberg actually turned down that amount back in June when it was his qualifying offer. He will have arbitration rights next summer as a restricted free agent if an extension isn't agreed to before then. Silfverberg got off to a good start before he suffered a broken hand. He ended up scoring 10 goals and 23 points in 52 games. Silfverberg will try to earn a spot on the second line this campaign.
Aug 15 - 2:56 PM

Teemu Selanne said he's tempted to play for Jokerit in the KHL this season.

"If I had to decide about my career a week ago, I'd say my career is over," he said. "NHL career is definitely over. Right now I'd say I'm not going to play." Selanne was reportedly offered $10 million by Jokerit for the 2014-15 campaign, which would be tempting for a lot of people. He hasn't closed the door yet, but it sounds like he's leaning toward life after playing. Selanne is apparently putting together a hockey academy focused on goal scoring, which he mentioned during his press conference as well.
Aug 11 - 2:19 PM

Nicolas Kerdiles is looking forward to getting a chance to play with the Anaheim Ducks.

He was born in Texas, but considers the Ducks his hometown team after his family moved to Irvine, California when he was six years of age. Kerdiles played his last two seasons with the University of Wisconsin, but he ended the 2013-14 campaign in the AHL with Norfolk. He wants to put himself on the radar of the Anaheim brass even though he doesn't think he's particularly close to becoming an NHLer. "I know it's far-fetched," he said. "I only played 16 pro hockey games with Norfolk. I'm going to keep pushing and hopefully just try to impress them."
Aug 11 - 11:00 AM

Nick Ritchie amassed 41 penalty minutes in three exhibition games for Canada at the team's world junior development camp.

He attacked Lukas Klok of the Czech Republic at the end of the game on Friday afternoon with a couple of punches. Klok was the player who gave Aaron Ekblad a concussion in an earlier contest at the summer camp. Ritchie will have to be far more disciplined if he's going to play for Canada at the World Junior Championship. He was signed by the Ducks earlier this month to an entry-level deal after he was selected 10th overall in the 2014 draft.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 11 - 9:58 AM

Cam Fowler wants to be a player who can be relied on in all situations.

"You see a lot of the young defensemen around the league, like the [Drew] Doughtys, the [Alex] Pietrangelos, the guys who eat lots of minutes and play on the power play and penalty kill. If you need a goal in the last minute, if you're down a goal, protecting the lead or whatever it may be, that's what I'm trying to do," he said when asked about his personal goals for the upcoming season. "I just want to be a guy who my teammates and my coaches know they can rely on. I just want to be consistent with that. That's the biggest goal – and biggest challenge – for me." Fowler re-emerged as a viable fantasy option last year, with six goals and 36 points in 70 games, and he should take another step forward in 2014-15.
Aug 8 - 4:34 PM

According to USanomat's Juha Hiitela, Teemu Selanne has been offered $10 million to play for Jokerit in the KHL this season.

He has also reportedly been presented with a deal that would pay him $5 million if he just played in the home games on the team's 2014-15 schedule. The 44-year-old veteran winger won't be playing in the NHL this campaign, but he was considering one last tour of duty with his old Finnish squad.
Aug 7 - 6:30 PM

Anaheim coach is cautiously optimistic about off-season additions Dany Heatley and Ryan Kesler, according to a report from NHL.com's Curtis Zupke.

Heatley is expected to get a chance to play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but that could end up just being a training camp trial. The situation does warrant attention, so keep an eye on how the trio does when they get a chance to play together. We wouldn't get our hopes too high on Heatley, though.
Aug 5 - 11:40 PM

The Anaheim Ducks announced Saturday they have reached an agreement with first round pick Nick Ritchie on a three-year entry-level contract.

Ritchie was selected with the 10th overall selection in the most recent NHL Entry Draft after starring with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. The big, strong winger fits the mold of the type of player Anaheim has recently shown an affinity for and has the potential to be a star in the NHL.
Aug 2 - 10:04 PM

Patrick Maroon and the Anaheim Ducks have reached an agreement on a three-year, $6 million contract extension.

Maroon is scheduled to make $1.15 million in the final year of his current deal, but has now tacked three more seasons onto that pact, keeping him in Anaheim through the 2017-18 season. The winger amassed 29 points and 101 penalty minutes in 62 games last year.
Aug 2 - 2:38 PM

Patrick Maroon and the Anaheim Ducks are reportedly making progress towards a contract extension.

Maroon has a season left on his two-year, $1.15 million contract. He should get a significant raise after recording 11 goals, 18 assists, and 101 penalty minutes in 62 games last season.
Aug 1 - 9:12 PM


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