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It’s Anaheim Ducks Day at PHT

Aug 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry Getty Images

Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team?  The Anaheim Ducks.

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The 2013-14 season for the Anaheim Ducks may have struck fans as being eerily similar to the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

The Ducks finished on top of the Pacific Division and this time around they had the best record in the Western Conference to go with it. Instead of being upended in the first round, like they did in 2013 to the Detroit Red Wings, they were bounced in the second round at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings.

Having a tremendous regular season only to come up short in the postseason has become an all too familiar trait for Bruce Boudreau coached teams, but you could give a pass on last season as the Kings were just beastly once they got going. That won’t do much to calm down fans who had to watch their hated rivals celebrate their second Stanley Cup in three years.

On the upside, the Ducks got another incredible season from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Getzlaf led the team in scoring with 87 points while Perry was tops in goals with 43. Getzlaf’s effort was good enough to put him second behind Sidney Crosby in Hart Trophy voting. Perry joining him on the top line gave Anaheim one of the most potent first lines in the league.

Anaheim got career-years from Nick Bonino and Mathieu Perreault and an offensive resurrection from Andrew Cogliano. Teemu Selanne had an up-and-down final year in the NHL scoring nine goals with 27 points in the regular season and feuding with Boudreau to shining again in the playoffs with two goals and six points before riding off into the sunset… We think.

The Ducks also saw their defense step up big offensively led by Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, and Sami Vatanen. Fortunately for them, they’re all young.

Youth was key late in the season as well as forwards Kyle Palmieri, Devante Smith-Pelly, Emerson Etem, and Jakob Silfverberg all played key roles. They also saw Patrick Maroon emerge as a power forward as well.

In goal, things were a bit of an adventure as they went from Jonas Hiller to Frederik Andersen to John Gibson in the postseason. Gibson’s performances in the playoffs and Andersen’s during the season essentially made Hiller expendable. The Ducks even dealt Viktor Fasth to Edmonton at the trade deadline to further clear up their glut of goaltending.

Offseason recap

Adding Ryan Kesler in a deal with the Vancouver Canucks was an inspired move to help them keep up with the Kings and Sharks up the middle. Losing Nick Bonino to do it was the proper price as who knows if he’ll have another season as good as his 2013-14 season again. Of course, who knows if Kesler will return to his Selke Trophy-winning form. He has to stay healthy.

We’re pretty sure Selanne is going to retire. At the very least they’re going to hang his number in the rafters in January. At worst, he’s going to play one more year in Finland. Either way, he’s out of the equation and they’ve moved on by signing Dany Heatley to a one-year deal. If he can produce more than Selanne’s 29 points from last season, it’s a win.

They locked up Vatanen to a two-year deal and also added Clayton Stoner from the Minnesota Wild to a bizarrely lucrative four-year deal. The Ducks did lose Jonas Hiller to the Calgary Flames and forward Daniel Winnik to the Toronto Maple Leafs in free agnecy but with their young players all graduating, they’re not crushing departures.

If things go awry this season, at the very least all Ducks goalies have pretty sweet masks to look at.

  1. phtjoey - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    “Having a tremendous regular season only to come up short in the postseason has become an all too familiar trait for Bruce Boudreau coached teams”. Exactly! No pass for Boudreau though. He’s under the magnifying glass in Anaheim. GM Murray said it best.

    “Boudreau needs to be better in playoffs” -Bob Murray

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Lets see, how does he compare to coaches of the other top teams in the WC in playoff win %?

      Quennivelle .547
      Sutter .533
      Hitchcock .521
      Boudreau .474

      I’d say he has not done too well;)

  2. gkc3 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    You forgot to mention the whole Ryan Kesler thing…

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    The Ducks also lost Perrault after his career season

  4. jolink653 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Also lost Bonino in the Kesler trade

    • Todrick - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      That’s addition by subtraction.

  5. succulentnipples - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM


  6. patthehockeyfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Corey Perry – very, very good player.

    Off the ice, I understand he’s a quiet guy.

    On the ice, he reminds me of either Eddie Haskell (from Leave it to Beaver) or of Randy (the marionette bully from PeeWee’s Playhouse).

    • Todrick - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      I think a more Apt analogy would be Claude Lemieux.

      There is not another player currently in the NHL who posses both the art of agitation and the straight up hockey skill like corey perry.

  7. areaman714 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I am not sure why this article was written or even approved. It basically states nothing of interest. The intimation that Bones and Perreault remain on the Ducks with no mention of Ryan Kesler indicates incontrovertible laziness.

  8. ocnuke - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Thanks for an awful write up. As a ducks fan you’ve stated absolutely nothing new or worthwhile. Thanks for nothing

  9. wutangwild - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Wow this was poorly written…step it up PHT! I still can’t believe Stoner got that much money…

  10. patthehockeyfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Sirius, the Dog Star, is in the sky as part of the constellation Canis Major. So arrives, as they do every year, the dog days of summer. The star was believed to cause lethargy, indolence, and a general lack of progress. Hockey fans are known to be especially restless during this time. Evidence of this restlessness includes impatience, a tendency to criticize, and a longing for the season to begin.

    PHT writers are, unfortunately, the targets of this criticism, and, perhaps, also victims of the dog days syndrome. (I’m guilty myself of jumping all over James O’Brien a few days ago.)

    If anyone’s made it this far, in closing, just two things:

    1) The daily spotlight on a team is, I believe, merely meant to be a recap of the prior season (with an omission or two). No new news is expected in these articles.

    2) C’MON OCTOBER 8th !!!

    • pavelfitzgerald - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      My comment about Matt Perrault also departing wasn’t meant as jumping all over James O’Brien, just left as a friendly reminder.

      I think commenters need to be aware that the PHT Team Day writeup is merely an appetizer to more in depth articles later in the day such as the “Under Pressure” (insert catchy bass line in your head) & “Making the Jump” articles.

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        I was less than friendly in my O’Brien criticism. Freakin’ dog days! Blame it on that.

        P.S. The bass line AND finger-snapping is playing in my head.

  11. dannymac17 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    I am a Kings fan but this is an awful article. What did you exactly say that everyone didn’t already know? I studied journalism in community college, it almost seems as I am a sure fit on this blog. Hire me I guess.

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