Anaheim Ducks' 3 Best Contracts for 2020-21

Anaheim Ducks' 3 Best Contracts for 2020-21

November 22nd, 2020 The Anaheim Ducks have done fairly well when it comes to getting value out of their young players. While the current crop of Sam Steel, Max Jones and Troy Terry among others hasn’t quite yet bloomed, there are plenty of players on the Ducks roster that are producing at a level higher than their...
Anaheim Ducks' 3 Worst Contracts for 2020-21

Anaheim Ducks' 3 Worst Contracts for 2020-21

November 22nd, 2020 Contracts can be a beautiful thing. Locking down a promising player or a bonafide superstar to a long-term deal is usually a win for an organization. However, sometimes these contracts can come back to bite the team when unforeseen circumstances hit or the talent level of the player plunges....

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November 21st, 2020
Ducks Prospects

With COVID-19 still raging, Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray might have to go outside his comfort zone when it comes to roster decisions after training camp. The news that the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has outlawed checking for the upcoming season to minimize the risk of players giving each other the virus is unfortunate for all NHL teams. The Ducks — who drafted OHLers Jamie Drysdale and Jacob Perreault in the first round of the 2020 Draft — will be greatly impacted by this lack of contact hockey. No team wants their top prospects playing a watered-down version of the sport, which will be the case if the OHL plays this year. With few other options for their OHLers, Murray and the Ducks may be forced to add them to their NHL roster earlier than normal. Ontario Hockey League Outlaws Checking At the end of October, the OHL announced that it planned to play a shortened 2020-21 season without bodychecking. It’s easy to understand why top NHL prospects would...
November 19th, 2020
Uncategorized

With the NHL's targeted start date for the 2020-21 season a little over six weeks away, we here at The Hockey Writers thought we would take a look at what the Anaheim Ducks lineup could look like that night. While it hasn't been the most exciting offseason in Southern California, last season ending so shortly after the trade deadline means there are still a few players looking to make their mark. Add in Kevin Shattenkirk joining the Ducks fresh off a Stanley Cup run with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the return of #Elite1C Derek Grant, there will be plenty of decisions for head coach Dallas Eakins to make in his second season behind the bench. On top of that, Anaheim will be hoping that some of their established players can get back to finding their best form on a nightly basis while also seeing some significant improvements from the younger ones. While the top of the lineup will largely be a matter of mixing and matching to find what works, the bottom of the lineup will be far...
November 19th, 2020
Ducks Prospects

Jake and Jamie, Jamie and Jake – two names that are bound to be linked together, hopefully for years, as they march toward and through the NHL. Jake Sanderson (drafted #5 overall by the Ottawa Senators) and Jamie Drysdale (#6, Anaheim Ducks) were the top defensemen taken in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Their performance in the upcoming World Junior Championship will be the first major head-to-head comparison. The tournament will take place in Edmonton and Red Deer in late December/early January. Jake Sanderson & Jamie Drysdale: A hockey rivalry waiting to happen. (Image: THW) Team Canada and Team USA won’t face each other in the preliminary round of the tournament but may meet in the medal round. The only previous meeting of note between the two young men was at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge when Drysdale assisted on the game-winning goal for Canada Black over Team USA. (Sanderson did not record a point in that game.) Pre-Draft Rankings While Drysdale...
November 18th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, are the Anaheim Ducks going to be tempted to try and trade Ryan Getzlaf? In New York, seeing as how the Islanders are having trouble moving a couple of defensemen, might they need to trade a forward? The Detroit Red Wings won't release Moritz Seider for the WJC so what does that say about his future with the NHL club? Finally, what will the Toronto Maple Leafs line combinations look like next season? Ducks Willing to Move Getzlaf? Jimmy Murphy of Florida Hockey Now is reporting that the Anaheim Ducks have been making calls to other teams looking to make a deal and trying to get salary cap compliant. GM Bob Murray finds himself above the $81.5 million salary cap by nearly $930K and he's running out of options. Names like Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg have come up in trade rumors. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, Oct. 24, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Murphy wonders if the Ducks might be tempted to make a bigger move and trade Ryan...
November 14th, 2020
Anaheim Ducks

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens around North America, the state of the 2020-21 NHL season is once again a major issue in the minds of Anaheim Ducks fans and other NHL fan bases. Although it's unlikely the league will repeat the same bubble system that they used during the 2020 Playoffs, there will almost certainly be some hybrid, hub city, bubble system. Anaheim should be a frontrunner to become of the NHL's hub cities. The Ducks' Pond is Wide Open A potential plan for the 2020-21 season involves realigned divisions with teams cycling into hub cities for a week or more at a time, playing a slate of games, and then returning to their home cities to be with their families. For several reasons, Anaheim would be the perfect locale. The NHL should strongly consider Anaheim and Honda Center as a hub for the 2020-21 NHL season. (Larry Fisher/THW) There are 10 buildings around North America that host both NHL and NBA teams now that the New York Islanders are done...
November 8th, 2020
Ducks Prospects

The Anaheim Ducks now have both of their 2020 first-round draft picks under contract. Meanwhile, we had a very busy weekend in European hockey. Two other first-round picks from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft had big performances to lead their country to an international tournament victory. Finally, a former first-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings is getting back into the groove back in his home country. Ducks Sign Top Pick The Ducks have wasted very little time in signing members of their 2020 draft class. Just two days after signing Jacob Perrault, who they drafted with the 27th overall pick, they announced they’ve signed defenseman Jamie Drysdale on Saturday. Drysdale signed a three-year entry-level contract after the Ducks used the sixth pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft to add him to the organization. He has yet to play a game in 2020-21 as he and the Erie Otters await the beginning of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season. Drysdale is officially a Duck. (Photo by Terry...

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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