One for the Ages: Steve Thomas' 2002-03 NHL Season

One for the Ages: Steve Thomas' 2002-03 NHL Season

February 25th, 2020 Throughout his entire 20-year NHL career, winger Steve Thomas had an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time. His 78 career game-winning goals are more than Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne, Alex Delvecchio, Jari Kurri, Bryan Trottier, Jean Ratelle, Martin St. Louis, Darryl Sittler,...
Ducks Didn't Lose the Kase Trade

Ducks Didn't Lose the Kase Trade

February 24th, 2020 Friday morning, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they had traded Ondrej Kase to the Boston Bruins in return for David Backes, defensive prospect Axel Andersson and a first-round pick. Some Ducks fans and media reacted negatively to the news, while the Bruins contingent were mostly...

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February 21st, 2020
Trade Deadline

The Boston Bruins have traded forward David Backes, defender Axel Anderson and a first-round pick to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Ondrej Kase, Frank Seravalli has reported. The Bruins are also retaining 25% of Backes' salary and cap hit, according to Chris Johnston. For the Bruins, this deal serves a few purposes as they head into the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline with a big-game hunter mindset. On the surface, it clears up cap space for the team as Backes still has one year remaining on his contract that carries a $6 million cap hit. Even with that salary buried in the AHL, it was still a lot of cap space allocated to a player that didn't have a role on the team. Related: Are Bruins and Buchnevich a Fit at 2020 NHL Trade Deadline? Scoring just one goal and three points in 16 NHL games this season, Backes wasn't going to be a contributor on the NHL's best team in a playoff scenario. Once...
February 20th, 2020
Trade Deadline

Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant is having a breakout season. At age 29, he's with his sixth NHL team since he broke into the league in 2012-13, but he’s finally found a home in Anaheim… for now. Grant has scored a career-high 14 goals and is five points away from his career-high in that category as well. With only the remainder of this season left on his contract, he may be at the peak of his value to other teams as a rental. Anaheim Ducks Jakob Silfverberg celebrates his goal with center Derek Grant (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Many feel the Ducks should trade him if another team offers them an appealing enough return. People cite his poor underlying numbers, arguing this will be the best success the well-traveled center can possibly achieve. However, not all of the evidence points to Grant not being able to play this well again, which helps make a case for the Ducks to keep him. Check the Scoreboard, Not Your Calculator What’s the old saying?...
February 13th, 2020
Anaheim Ducks

It appears as if the Anaheim Ducks have pulled out of the listlessness of November, December and January and have started to figure out how to play consistent NHL hockey. A team that failed to win back-to-back games in for over two months has gone 6-2-2 in its last 10 games and earned points in six of their previous seven games. It hasn't just been the number of points, but the way the Ducks have collected them. The team does still have significant weaknesses, including a recent decrease in penalty-killing percentage and the chances the Ducks pull off a St. Louis Blues-like turnaround to even make the playoffs are almost non-existent. Still, Anaheim's improved consistency of late suggests that that the team still believes it can compete and that they are doing some things right.  Eastern Canada Perseverance The Ducks have only faced three playoff-caliber teams in their previous eight games and have only beaten one of them, the Arizona Coyotes. They've been in many of the...
February 13th, 2020
NHL Rumors

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on the Edmonton Oilers and their willingness to spend on trade rentals, clarification from Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin on his “quitter” comments, and buzz that the Anaheim Ducks are only willing to move certain pieces. How serious is Shea Weber's injury and have the Maple Leafs taken the final step to figuring out their goaltending issues? Oilers Not Eager to Pay Big for Rentals As part of his latest 31 Thoughts article, Sportsnet analyst and hockey insider Elliotte Friedman noted the Edmonton Oilers likely aren't willing to move a first-round pick or one of their top prospects for a rental at this year's NHL Trade Deadline. Further to that, Friedman said, “I’m not convinced they’d want to move Jesse Puljujarvi for one.” Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi and Buffalo Sabres forward Vladimir Sobotka (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports) The Oilers have been in the market for another top-six...
February 9th, 2020
Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots, including all 15 he faced in the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks held off the Buffalo Sabres for a 3-2 win Sunday. Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie staked Anaheim to a 3-0 lead by scoring over a 5:45 span in the first period, and the Ducks closed out a 3-0-2 road trip. The five-game point streak is Anaheim’s longest since winning five straight games from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, 2018. The 39-year-old Miller, who spent the first half of his career with the Sabres, earned his 385th career win to move into a tie with Mike Vernon on the NHL list. Johan Larsson and Rasmus Dahlin scored for Buffalo, which was coming off a 3-1 win at the New York Rangers on Friday night. The Sabres dropped to 2-5-1 in their past seven overall. Johan Larsson, Buffalo Sabres (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Jonas Johansson had 25 saves in his second career start, but gave up three goals on the first six shots he faced. Linus...
February 7th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO — John Tavares scored his second goal of the night at 4:53 of overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs escaped with a 5-4 victory against Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Auston Matthews buried his 40th goal of the season to tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead, while Jason Spezza and Andreas Johnsson provided the rest of the offence for Toronto (29-19-7). Matthews picked up three assists for a four-point night, while Mitch Marner added three of his own. Tavares also had an assist. Jack Campbell made 26 saves in his first start for the Leafs. Tavares scored his 22nd goal of the season at the lip of the crease with 6.2 seconds left on the clock. Adam Henrique, with a goal and an assist, Nicolas Deslauriers, Max Jones and Derek Grant replied for Anaheim (22-26-7), which was playing its third game in four nights following Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss in Montreal. Adam Henrique, Anaheim Ducks (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Ryan...

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Anaheim Ducks Logo History

Despite only being around for 24 years, the Anaheim Ducks sure do like taking walks down memory lane. After he previously 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... December 10th, 2019

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The 5 Best Trades in Anaheim Ducks History

Originally published in Sept. 2013, a look back at some great trades for the Anaheim Ducks. In the first years of the Ducks' existence, the team struggled to compete with a cast of players from the expansion draft.  While solid drafting and player development played a big part in the... July 23rd, 2017