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Ducks coach Randy Carlyle is likely to stay with the team for the 2018-19 campaign.

Although the Ducks were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, it seems GM Bob Murray felt the season overall went well for them. "In all honesty, I thought they did way better than I thought they were going to do," Murray said. "To get to where we finished, (tied for) eighth in the League in points, I never thought that." Part of the reason the Ducks surpassed Murray's expectations is probably because they were lowered due to the significant injuries that Anaheim had to endure. Defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen as well as forward Ryan Kesler all began the campaign on the sidelines. Later on, they missed Ryan Getzlaf, Ondrej Kase, and Cam Fowler for significant chunks of time. Despite that, they managed a 44-25-13 regular season record.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 3:57 PM

Jakob Silfverberg will not play for Sweden at the World Championships.

Silfverberg and his wife are expecting their first child so early congratulations to the family. He had 17 goals and 40 points this season and remains a fringe fantasy player in deep leagues.
Apr 22 - 7:15 AM

GM Bob Murray said on Saturday that the Ducks have to get faster.

The Ducks were exposed in the playoffs by a faster San Jose squad and were eliminated in four straight games. "We just played a team that was way faster than us," Murray said. "And they played the game faster than us." Murray also said that coach Randy Carlyle would return.
Apr 22 - 7:03 AM

Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm will play for Sweden at the upcoming World Hockey Championships in Denmark.

The duo were two of the Ducks best players this season with Rakell leading the team in goals and Lindholm providing solid play on the blueline. Rakell had 34 goals and 69 points in 77 games this season, his second straight 30-plus goal season. He is a mid-round pick in most drafts next season.
Apr 22 - 7:00 AM

Patrick Eaves is expected to be ready by mid-October, according to Ducks GM Bob Murray.

Eaves underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum last month. He was injured during his rehab after he was diagnosed with Gullain-Barre Syndrome, which is a muscle-weakening autoimmune disorder, earlier this season. Eaves is healthy now, according to Murray, after he skated in only two games in 2017-18.
Apr 21 - 3:24 PM

Antoine Vermette can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Vermette still feels he has plenty of hockey left in him, but he will discuss his options with his family. "I've never been in this situation," he said referring to the uncertainty about his future. "I'll take my time to kind of see what we want to do here."
Apr 21 - 2:08 PM

Adam Henrique is interested in signing an extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

Henrique still has another season remaining on his contract. Anaheim would also like to keep him around beyond the 2018-19 campaign. The two sides can start negotiating July 1. Henrique notched 20 goals and 36 points in 57 games with the Ducks after he was acquired from New Jersey.
Apr 21 - 2:05 PM

Don't be surprised if Kevin Bieksa isn't back with the Ducks next season.

Bieksa is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer and he wasn't happy about his lack of playing time during the playoffs. He only got to appear in one game of Anaheim's first-round loss to San Jose. Bieksa missed Game 1 due to a hand injury and returned to the lineup in Game 2. However, he was scratched for the last two games of the series.
Apr 21 - 12:55 PM

Ryan Kesler said he dropped 20 pounds over the last month.

Kesler was trying to get faster after coming back from hip surgery. He intends to stay leaner and meaner going into next season. Kesler was not playing at 100 percent after his return, but he expects to resume regular training over the summer.
Apr 21 - 12:51 PM

Cam Fowler (shoulder) feels he could have played in Round 2 of the postseason if Anaheim would have advanced.

Fowler sustained a Grade 3 separation in his AC joint on Apr. 1 versus Colorado. The Ducks were swept in the opening round by San Jose, so Fowler will continue to recover over the off-season.
Apr 21 - 12:47 PM

With the Ducks eliminated from the 2018 playoffs, Francois Beauchemin's playing career has ended.

San Jose earned a 2-1 win over Anaheim Wednesday night to complete the four-game sweep of the first round series. It's certainly not the exit Beauchemin was hoping for. "Really disappointing obviously," Beauchemin said. "I don’t think anybody saw that coming. We played so well the last 15, 20 games of the regular season. It felt like we didn’t really have the push to give during that series." Regardless, Beauchemin had a great career that spanned 903 games between his stints with Anaheim, Colorado, Toronto, and Columbus. He also appeared in an additional 101 playoff contests and won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007. He was a workhorse throughout his career and his average playing time in a regular season game was 23:35 minutes.
Apr 19 - 4:24 AM

Andrew Cogliano described being swept by San Jose in the first round of the playoffs as "a wake-up call for this team."

With their season now over, the Ducks players obviously will have to wait months before they can attempt to mount their response, but the front office needs to weigh is they should view this as a wake-up call as well. Certainly being swept from the playoffs is embarrassing, but it also has to be remembered that Anaheim got to the Western Conference Final in 2017, so making dramatic trades might be an overreaction. The Ducks were also missing one of their top defenseman in Cam Fowler for the first round, which didn't do them any favors either.
Apr 19 - 4:17 AM

John Gibson allowed two goals on 24 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

It was the first time all series that Gibson held the Sharks to under three goals, but it wasn't enough to force a fifth game. The Ducks will now have a long offseason to think about what went wrong against their first-round opponent. Gibson finished the playoffs with an 0-4 record, a 3.60 goals-against-average and a .889 save percentage. It was a solid year for him, overall, but that doesn't mean much now that his team was swept in the opening round.
Apr 19 - 1:25 AM

Andrew Cogliano scored a goal in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

That was the final goal of the 2017-18 season for the Anaheim Ducks, as they've officially been swept by their state rivals. Cogliano tied the game at one at the 7:53 mark of the third period, but the Sharks got the go-ahead goal from Tomas Hertl just over one minute later. It was also Cogliano's first (and last) point of these playoffs. Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg picked up the assists on Anaheim's only goal. It's going to be a long offseason for the Ducks. You have to wonder if this aging team's championship window has closed.
Apr 19 - 1:19 AM

John Gibson will be between the pipes for Game 4 against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

This is it for the Ducks, as one more loss would eliminate them from the playoffs. Gibson has an 0-3 record with a 4.17 goals-against-average and a .882 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 6:38 PM


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