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Cam Fowler was a bit surprised that he wasn't traded based on all the rumors he heard going into the NHL Draft.

"You hear your name tossed out there. I've heard that before even at recent trade deadlines, but this time with the position the Ducks are in and some of the salaries, it just seemed like it was pretty real," he said. "I was 100 percent prepared for something to happen and was honestly pretty surprised when it didn't. It's one of those things where I want to be prepared for it to happen, obviously I love playing in Anaheim and being a Duck, I feel like I have a great relationship with [GM] Bob [Murray]. I just know that his hands are tied a little bit with what he needs to do. I just have to sit and be patient and see what happens." It seems like he could be staying with the team now because Anaheim was seeking a top-10 pick for him and that didn't happen.
Jun 29 - 5:49 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly interested in signing David Perron.

Perron is from nearby Sherbrooke, Quebec and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Per Sportsnet, Perron is more than willing to play in his home province. The Canadiens are in the market for at least one top-six forward and Perron certainly gives them that. The 28-year-old scored just 12 goals and 36 points in 71 games in 2015-16, but he really turned it on after being traded from the Penguins to the Ducks. He had 20 points in 28 games with Anaheim.
Jun 29 - 12:11 AM

Brandon Pirri did not get a qualifying offer from the Ducks.

That means he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Pirri notched three goals and five points in nine outings with the Ducks after he was acquired from Florida. He had 22 goals in 49 games with the Panthers in 2014-15, which could attract some interest for him on the open market.
Jun 27 - 6:25 PM

Dustin Tokarski has agreed to a one-year deal with Anaheim.

He will earn $600,000 if he plays in the NHL and $300,000 if he skates in the AHL during the 2016-17 campaign. Tokarski made two appearances with San Diego after he was obtained from the Montreal Canadiens. He posted a 1-1-0 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA with the Ducks' minor-league team.
Jun 27 - 6:18 PM

Corey Tropp has signed a two-year extension with Anaheim.

He will earn $600,000 in the NHL or $250,000 in the AHL for the 2016-17 campaign as well as $650,000 (NHL) or $250,000 (AHL) in 2017-18. Tropp posted 11 points in 15 games with San Diego of the AHL last season.
Jun 27 - 6:14 PM

The Anaheim Ducks went after forwards during the draft after picking defensemen the last few years.

The Ducks thought that there was a lack of depth up front and while their philosophy is to take the best player available, they certainly tried to add to their forward group. "Our depth at the forward prospects is not as strong as it is on defense," director of amateur scouting Martin Madden said. "Last year, a few defensemen fell to us and we just could not pass on them. This year, at almost every pick, we felt there was more value with the forward group." The Ducks had two first round picks and selected Max Jones and Sam Steel, both forwards.
Jun 26 - 6:42 AM

Max Jones likely dropped down the rankings after he picked up a 12 game suspension in the playoffs for his blindside hit on Justin Brack.

It wasn't pretty and it happened in Game 4 of the first round of the OHL playoffs, causing the winger to miss most of the remaining playoff games which the scouts watched closely. "He’s got to grow up a little bit," Anaheim GM Bob Murray said. "He’s immature. He’s got to grow up. If you saw after that and watched him play, he was much better at the Memorial Cup. He was very good, very under control. I’d rather have to tame a guy down than have to try to prop a guy up." Jones will continue to play for London next season as he takes on a bigger role. Look for Jones to be a 20 goal, 55 point player with plenty of penalty minutes once he establishes himself in the NHL.
Jun 25 - 6:33 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have chosen Sam Steel with the 30th pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

The pick initially belonged to Pittsburgh, but it was sent to Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade. The Leafs flipped the selection to Anaheim in the Frederik Andersen deal. Sam Steel's top attribute is his elite hockey-sense and intelligence. At just 5’11" and 180 lbs, he has acute awareness both for himself and the other players on the ice. He posted 27 goals and 70 points for Regina (WHL) in 72 games, then added six goals and 16 points in 12 playoff games. His ability to excel in high-pressure situations is not questioned, nor are his raw abilities as a reliable two-way centerman, but he also has no additional defining attributes beyond his intellect. It's a lot harder to get by on smarts alone as one moves up the ranks. Seen as a "safe prospect", Steel ought to achieve a solid NHL career regardless.
Jun 24 - 10:54 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have chosen Max Jones with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Max Jones has three distinctive attributes; his frenetic pace, his scoring ability, and his snarl. Jones posted 28 goals and 52 points in 63 games for London (OHL) in 2015-16, along with 106 PIMs. Few doubt Jones' ability to be the type of second-line power forward all teams covet, but it's widely accepted his brain has yet to catch up to his feet and lacks creativity. Still, there's a reason why the acronym K.I.S.S exists and perhaps all the 6'2" and 205 lbs kid needs is post-teenaged maturity. He will bring plenty of energy to the Ducks, but he'll need to be more disciplined at the NHL level.
Jun 24 - 10:15 PM

The trade winds are blowing in Anaheim, as sources are reporting defenseman Cam Fowler could be on the move before Friday's NHL draft.

Fowler is a terrific young puck mover with decent fantasy value if put in the right situation. If he moves to a team with a capable defense partner, his value can be on the rise.
Jun 23 - 8:21 PM

Michael Sgarbossa has agreed to a one-year extension with Anaheim.

Sgarbossa had 17 goals and 44 points in 62 AHL games last season. The 23-year-old has also appeared in 10 career NHL contests.
Jun 23 - 5:20 PM

John Gibson will be Anaheim's top option in goal next season now that Frederik Andersen has been traded to Toronto.

However, GM Bob Murray wants to add a backup goalie who is capable of seeing plenty of action in 2016-17. "We don't want to overplay John yet," Murray said. "(The backup will) have to be able to play 25 to 30 games. Character and hard-working type of guy. There are a few of them out there." Gibson posted a 21-13-4 record in 2015-16 along with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.
Jun 21 - 11:10 AM

Rickard Rakell isn't arbitration eligible, so his contract talks could be put on hold while the Ducks address other off-season moves first.

He enjoyed a breakout season in 2015-16 with 20 goals and 23 assists in 72 contests. "They're at a point where we give them qualifying offers," GM Bob Murray said referring to Rakell and fellow RFA Hampus Lindholm. "That is not a time-sensitive issue. That could take well into August and September before that gets done. We'll take our time. Obviously they're very important to the organization and we hope to get them signed and keep them for long term."
Jun 20 - 10:00 AM

Joseph Cramarossa signed his qualifying offer with Anaheim last Wednesday.

He has a one-year contract with a $724,500 cap hit. Cramarossa will earn $70,000 if he plays in the AHL in 2016-17. He generated 17 points in 61 games with the San Diego Gulls last season.
Jun 20 - 8:37 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Andrew O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract.

The deal will pay him $632,500 if he plays in the NHL and $62,500 when he's in the AHL. The 23-year-old was a fourth round pick of the Ducks back in 2012. He's yet to play in an NHL game in his career. O'Brien scored six goals and 14 points in 59 games with AHL San Diego in 2015-16. He has no fantasy value going forward.
Jun 19 - 2:14 PM


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