A Look Back at the Anaheim Ducks' 2011 Draft

A Look Back at the Anaheim Ducks' 2011 Draft

August 11th, 2020 With 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks aren't mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but it's safe to say the season is over. They currently sit 27th in the NHL, and after drafting ninth overall last June, they are primed for another top-10 pick on June 26 in...
Today in Hockey History: Aug. 11

Today in Hockey History: Aug. 11

August 11th, 2020 This date has seen its fair share of memorable events in National Hockey League history. The Los Angeles Kings signed a future crown jewel on defense to his first professional contract. Also, there was a front-office shakeup in Toronto and the birth of a Hall of Fame netminder. Kings Solidify...

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August 10th, 2020
Ducks History

Aug. 10 has been a very day busy in National Hockey League history. A relocated team got its new identity and logo. An expansion team made its first-ever trade. A coaching change was made and two future successful head coaches found new homes during their playing days. Avalanche Get Their Identity On Aug. 10, 1995, the former Quebec Nordiques officially name themselves the Colorado Avalanche and reveal their new logo and team colors. The franchise was given approval by the league to relocate to Denver on June 21, 1995. The team’s first year in Colorado was one for the ages. In December of 1995, they traded for future Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy. He was the final piece in a championship puzzle as the season concluded with the team raising the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. Ducks Make First Trade The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim completed the first trade in franchise history,...
August 8th, 2020
Canucks Prospects

Rumors came out recently about the Vancouver Canucks front office exploring the possibility of trading Brock Boeser to clear cap space so they can re-sign Tyler Toffoli. We can all agree that trading away a young scoring winger to keep an older, less-talented forward is a remarkably bad idea. It's even when worse when it's being done to justify a bad trade already made. Yet, general managers manage to make bad decisions all the time. The key to being an effective general manager (GM) in the NHL is using other GM's bad ideas for your own advantage, and Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has such an opportunity here. The question is, how exactly does he do it? How Did We Get Here? A glance at the Canucks' contracts shows more than a few questionable ones. Loui Eriksson is still on the books for another two seasons after 2019-20 with a $6 million cap hit. Likewise, Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, and their matching $3 million cap hits, have another two years in Vancouver. Beyond that,...
August 6th, 2020
Anaheim Ducks

Drafted 85th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks, Josh Mahura spent time with both the Red Deer Rebels and the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League (WHL) over the course of four seasons before making the trek south of the Canadian border to play for Anaheim’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Diego Gulls. Regarded as an offensive-minded defenseman who likes to join the rush and can run the power play, Mahura is a player that Ducks fans have been eager to see seize a full-time role on the Anaheim blue line since he scored an astounding 69 points during his final season with Regina in 2017-18. However, the St. Albert native has been unable to stick in the NHL for a prolonged amount of time to this point. Glut of Defensemen Mahura can't be faulted for being blocked by both Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm, the Ducks' two best defensemen. However, the past couple of seasons have also seen fringe players get more chances to play ahead of Mahura...
August 6th, 2020
Ducks History

On Dec. 3, 2018, the Anaheim Ducks traded Swedish defenseman Marcus Pettersson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Dutch winger Daniel Sprong. Leading up to Dec. 2018, the Ducks had been icing a defensive core of Jacob Larsson, Josh Manson, Hampus Lindholm, Brandon Montour and Jake Dotchin along with Pettersson. Josh Mahura, Andy Welinski and Andrej Sustr had also filled in at times up to that part of the season. Lindholm had just returned from injury on Nov. 30 and the team was struggling from an offensive standpoint. The Reaction The Pettersson trade caught many fans off guard as the lanky Swede had performed well for the Ducks after being called up in February the season before and was even part of the playoff roster. He then made the roster out of training camp and had filled in admirably with several players out due to injuries. Related: 7 Worst Trades in Boston Bruins History However, general manager Bob Murray likely saw Pettersson as surplus with how many left-handed...
August 5th, 2020
Ducks History

Despite that they've only been around for 24 years, the Anaheim Ducks sure do like taking a walk down memory lane. After he spent parts of six seasons with the team, the then-Mighty Ducks brought back Teemu Selanne for the 2005-06 season (and the eight that followed), four years after shipping him to the San Jose Sharks at the 2001 trade deadline. Teemu Selanne, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Mar. 28, 2006 (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NHLImages) Former Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, too, is a retread. He first coached the club for seven seasons after the 2004-05 lockout (a tenure that included winning the 2007 Stanley Cup). He was rehired for 2016-17, guiding the Ducks to the Western Conference Final before being fired again in 2019. Unsurprisingly, the Anaheim Ducks' logo history bears the same commitment to nostalgia. What's that? You prefer to think of it as a lack of imagination? I mean, how can you say a team that ripped off the title of a children’s movie lacks...
August 4th, 2020
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumors, there is speculation Henrik Lundqvist could have played his final game as Ranger. In Anaheim, the Ducks might try to acquire key pieces with limited cap space. In the Flames versus Jets series, will Winnipeg get Patrik Laine or Mark Scheifele back for Game 3? Finally, what is the latest news on COVID-19 tests? Lundqvist Done With Rangers? Larry Brooks of the New York Post wonders if Henrik Lundqvist has played his final game for the New York Rangers. With the Rangers on the verge of elimination today, if Igor Shesterkin is healthy, he'll probably get the start against the Carolina Hurricanes. If Shesterkin isn't healthy, the Rangers might elect to go with backup Alexandar Georgiev. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Lundqvist has one year remaining on his contract and at a value of $8.5 million. It will be an interesting situation to watch as Lundqvist still holds a full no-movement clause. Would they elect...

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Anaheim Ducks Logo History

Despite that they've only been around for 24 years, the Anaheim Ducks sure do like taking a walk down memory lane. After he spent parts of six seasons with the team, the then-Mighty Ducks brought back Teemu Selanne for the 2005-06 season (and the eight that followed), four years after shipping... August 5th, 2020

The 5 Best Trades in Anaheim Ducks History

Originally published in Sept. 2013, but updated recently, here's a look back at some great trades for the Anaheim Ducks. In the first years of the Anaheim Ducks' existence, the team struggled to compete with a cast of players from the expansion draft. While solid drafting and player... May 14th, 2020

Anaheim Ducks Primer for 2017-18

If you're looking for a team that accepts bandwagon fans with open arms, look no further than the Anaheim Ducks. Although blessed with recent postseason (and regular season) success, the Ducks are still a very small hockey market with a fan base that struggles to fill the stadium. Against more... August 22nd, 2017