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The Anaheim Ducks have hired Steve Konowalchuk and Mark Morrison as assistant coaches.

Konowalchuk served as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2009 to 2011. He spent the last six years as the head coach of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds, who won the WHL title this season. Morrison had been serving as AHL Manitoba's assistant coach for the last six years.
Jun 28 - 8:46 PM

Teemu Selanne has indeed been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Selanne was expected to be a lock in his first year of eligibility and he is just the second Finnish-born player to be elected following the induction of Jari Kurri. He compiled 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 career games. Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi, Paul Kariya and Danielle Goyette were also elected in the player category, while Jeremy Jacobs and Clare Drake will be inducted in the builder category.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 26 - 3:37 PM

Korbinian Holzer has signed a two-year contract extension worth $1.8 million total with the Anaheim Ducks.

Holzer is 29 years old and couldn't crack the Ducks' lineup very often last season, while playing in just 32 games. There might be an opening for Holzer to see regular action in 2017-18 now that Clayton Stoner and Shea Theadore are on the Vegas Golden Knights.
Jun 25 - 8:26 PM

Teemu Selanne is a strong candidate to headline the 2017 Hall of Fame class when it is officially announced on Monday.

Selanne won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, the Calder Trophy in 1993 after an epic 132-point season, the Rocket Richard Trophy in 1999, the Masterton Trophy in 2006 and four Olympic medals. Selanne is 11th on the all-time list in goals (684) and 15th in points (1,457). Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson are notable first-time eligible candidates, along with a skilled throng of previously passed-over players like Mark Recchi, Paul Kariya and Dave Andreychuk.
Jun 25 - 8:15 PM

Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray was thrilled with the two players he got in the second round.

For the first time since he has been the GM, Murray did not have a first round pick but when he selected Maxime Comtois and Antoine Morand with the 50th and 60th picks in round two, the atmosphere changed as the organization figured both would be gone by then. "Having no first is difficult," Murray said Saturday. "It’s the first time I’ve never had one. ...Talking to our guys last night, they were kind of down. Because they didn’t think the first two guys would still be there when we picked at 50 and 60. They were very excited today. They were happy with it. If they’re happy, I usually feel pretty good about it. Considering what we had, I think we did very well." The Ducks gave up their first round pick when they got Patrick Eaves from Dallas at the trade deadline.
Jun 25 - 7:36 AM

The Anaheim Ducks selected Kyle Olson in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Ducks have made four picks in the first four rounds, and they've chosen a forward with each of those selections. Olson isn’t the biggest player available in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (He’s listed at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds), but he doesn’t play small. The 18-year-old had a solid campaign with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans, where he scored 20 goals and 57 points in 72 games. Olson is a well-rounded prospect. He’s shown that he’s capable of chipping in offensively while continuing to be responsible defensively. He may not be flashy, but his hard work is evident on the ice. He probably doesn’t have the upside to be a top-six forward, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a valuable contributor at the NHL level. Olson obviously needs to put on some weight before he can crack an NHL lineup.
Jun 24 - 12:11 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have selected Maxime Comtois with their second round pick (50th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

This was Anaheim's first pick of the draft, as they didn't have a selection in the opening round. As a QMJHL rookie in 2015-16, Comtois put up an impressive 26 goals and 60 points in 62 games. Unfortunately for him, he took a step back in his draft season, as he only managed to collect 22 goals and 51 points in 64 contests. Although it’s unclear why his production took a dip, some scouts still believe he has the ability to regain (and improve) his offensive touch. He’ll never be seen as the most skilled player in the draft class, which puts a cap on his offensive upside at the next level. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of numbers the 18-year-old will put up with Victoriaville next season.
Jun 24 - 10:45 AM

Patrick Eaves has signed a three-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

His new deal has an annual average value of $3.15 million. Eaves would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency. He had 32 goals and 51 points in 79 games between Dallas and Anaheim this past season.
Jun 23 - 7:49 PM

Ryan Kesler may be sidelined for four to five months following off-season hip surgery.

Kesler's recovery from the procedure is expected to take longer than initially anticipated. It was originally thought that he would be sidelined for 12 weeks, but now he will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks' time.
Jun 21 - 6:04 PM

The Anaheim Ducks did not protect defenseman Sami Vatanen.

This was not a surprise as the Ducks protected only three blueliners and Kevin Bieksa had to be kept as he had a no-move clause. But expect Vatanen back with the Ducks next season once he recovers from shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him out until the 2017-18 season is underway as the Ducks reportedly have a deal in place with Vegas. Look for the Golden Knights to get a prospect and a 2018 first round pick from Anaheim in exchange for not taking either Vatanen or Josh Manson.
Jun 19 - 7:22 AM

The Anaheim Ducks did not protect defenseman Josh Manson in the expansion draft.

Rumor has it that the Ducks have made a deal with Vegas not to take Manson but that will be revealed on Wednesday. The players kept by Anaheim include: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell, Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano, Antoine Vermette, Jakub Silfverberg, Kevin Bieksa, Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm and John Gibson. Sami Vatanen was also left unprotected.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 10:48 AM

Sami Vatanen was not traded on Saturday and for now remains a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

The injured defenseman could be gone Wednesday to Vegas as it appears the Ducks will not have him as one of their keepers. Vatanen underwent shoulder surgery in late May and is expected to be out four-five months but that may not deter the Golden Knights in taking him as their Anaheim pick. Vatanen had only 24 points in 71 games last season but the 26-year-old blueliner had 37 and 38 points in his previous two seasons.
Jun 18 - 8:19 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Nicolas Kerdiles to a one-year, two-way deal.

The 23-year-old played in just one game during the regular season, but he added four more during the playoffs. He will get $650,000 when in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. There's a good chance he'll start the regular season in the minors again. He has no fantasy value.
Jun 17 - 6:46 PM

Ryan Kesler will miss 12 weeks of action after undergoing surgery on his injured hip.

The Ducks described the surgery as a general "cleaning" (they also removed bone fragments from his hip). The 32-year-old played in all 82 games during the regular season and all 17 games in the playoffs last year, but his physical style is pretty demanding. He should be ready to go by late-August or early-September.
Jun 17 - 5:22 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have confirmed their intention to buyout Simon Despres' contract.

Despres was only one season into his five-year, $18.5 million deal. He missed all-but one game in the 2016-17 campaign due to a concussion and he was absent for most of 2015-16 due to concussion-issues as well.
Jun 16 - 6:33 PM


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