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Ducks have announced the acquisition of center Mathieu Perreault from the cap challenged Washington Capitals in exchange for depth for non-roster forward John Mitchel and a 4th round selection in the 2014 draft.

With Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Bonino and Saku Koivu locked in, Perreault is likely penciled in as the Ducks new 4th line center. Obviously Ducks aren’t convinced that any of Daniel Winnick, Peter Holland or Rickard Rakell are the answer, at least for now.

The 5′ 10″, 185# Perreault has played 159 NHL games racking up 30g 37a 70pts +17 with 70 PIMS. Maybe most importantly he’s gone 50.8 and 51.7 in the faceoff circle in his first two full seasons in the NHL. He also has 11 playoff games under his belt, going 1-4 w/+3 in the Caps 7 Quarter Final loss to the Rangers last season.

Via Ducks News:

“Adding a young, quality center to the mix makes us that much deeper,” said Ducks executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. “”I thought we needed some additional speed and scoring, and he is a feisty competitor. Having played under Bruce was also a factor in acquiring him, that’s another positive. He makes us a better team today.”

A native of Drummondville, Quebec, Perreault played three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with Acadie-Bathurst from 2005-08. He won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 2007-08 (34-80=114 in 65 games) and earned the Michel Briere Trophy as the league’s MVP in 2006-07 after scoring 41-78=119 points in 67 games.

Blog Summary: Perreault is a high energy player with some scoring upside. He could move up the depth chart upon Saku Koivu’s anticipated retirement. He brings an affordable $1.05m cap hit and will be RFA in 2014.

Cap impact: He brings an affordable $1.05m cap hit and will be RFA in 2014. The move leaves our Ducks with $1.8m in cap space per CapGeek. Any further acquisitions will probably involve a roster player going the other way.

In another player move, Nolan Yonkman was placed on waivers prior to sending him to Norfolk. Ducks have until 5:00pm tomorrow to finalize their opening night roster.

One of the toughest things to do in sport is to beat a team twice in a row. Look for the Oilers to bring it from the drop of the puck. Arguably the fastest team in the NHL, these Oilers can really bring it.

Job 1 tonight isn’t to survive the attack. You may hear or read such nonsense advanced in broadcast or print media. Job 1 is to match the Oilers intensity. Do this, compete, and the rest will take care of itself. As we were reminded last night, our Ducks are a pretty good hockey team when they compete.

Our Ducks can clinch the Pacific Division crown and second seed in the Western Conference with a win. While it’s too soon to think about the playoffs, mainly because our first round opponent has yet to be determined, we won’t.

Keys to the Game

As mentioned, compete. Match the Oilers intensity from the get go. The challenge here is for our Ducks to keep their feet moving. You compete with the Oilers by skating with them.

Don’t look ahead. Focus on the play in front of you. Wednesday’s game against Vancouver is televised in Canada and on the NHL Network in the USA but that’s no excuse to look past these Oilers.

Second, smart positional play. Two guys deep in the offensive zone with a 3rd man high. Oilers are so quick in transition you committing 3 guys low in the offensive is the sure-fire way to get burned by giving up odd man attacks.
Force the Oilers outside in neutral zone. True their only goal came from the outside but it was their only goal because they were forced to the perimeter the entire game. In our zone every player must keep his body between his check and Jonas Hiller. We can’t let them get behind us.

Finally. finish scoring chances. Jeez Louise, from passes to nowhere, to shooting wide to hitting posts on empty nets our Ducks are having trouble putting the puck in the opposition net.
Yes we won last night but we had as much trouble scoring on an empty net as we did when Dubnyk was between the pipes.

Expecting Nick Bonino to replicate his performance might be a bit much to expect.

It’s been a quite a season for Bones. He unceremoniously caused the demotion of Teemu Selanne off the first unit PP. He settled the depth lines. It may not be long before Coach reunites the Bonino-Ryan-Selanne line. My hunch is that the second act will be far more successful than the first.

Good for our Ducks and tough for the Admirals. How would you like to be Admirals Trent Yawney in the middle of stretch for a playoff seed and lose two of your top six D-men on a call-up. See that piano on Pete Holland’s back who was sent to Norfolk earlier? Ads need him to produce.

The call-ups mean that either of Nick Bonino or Cam Fowler will be ready for Wednesday. Bones is skating with the team again. No word on Cam at this time.

Coach will have to decide if he goes with the young Vatanen who can certainly lug the puck up ice or the seasoned Hendry. If both go, you can bet that there’s an undisclosed injury on the back line. Very unusual that anybody needs additional rest after 4 days off.

One year ago, Bobby Ryan asked rhetorically, “Can you imagine how good I’m going to be playing for this guy?” Ryan was of course referring to then new head coach Bruce Boudreau. Gabby, as our Ducks coach is sometimes known, had suggested that he’d like to build a line around Ryan.

No more caddying for The Twins. No more getting blamed for the Ducks problems. No more being the first name to pop up in trade rumors.

Fast forward to one year later and the only thing that has changed is that Randy Carlyle got far more out of Bobby Ryan than it appears Bruce Boudreau may ever realize. Ryan is currently on pace for a 20 goal 55 point 82 game season.

The goal of building a line around Ryan seems to have gone the way of fax machines and proper grammar.

Nick Bonino and Teemu Selanne were the first to skate alongside Ryan when this season-short began. That gave way to a succession of line mates not named Koivu, Cogliano or Winnick.

Bobby Ryan is on pace for the worst season statistically of his career. Always a streaky goal scorer, one might argue that Ryan would get hot and finish an 82 game season with 30+ goals and 65+points. That is more wishful thinking and excuse making though.

Bobby Ryan is his record. Right now his record is, to be polite about it, disappointing.

Two things show up in his stats that might have something to do with Bobby Ryan’s “off-year.” His TOI is down substantially from his 34 goal 71 point career best season in 2010-11. Back then Ryan’s ATOI was 20:10 per game. This season his ATOI is 16:35. The other stat that leaps off the page is his shooting percentage of 10.87 is down from a career average of 14.8. For a guy who takes 204 to 270 shots on goal per season, Bobby’s accuracy issue is costing him 8-10 goals this year.

Note: This is also the first time in his career that Ryan’s ratio between goals and assists is statistically significant.

The question of course is why? One difference between how Ryan is used is that today he is almost exclusively used a sniper. When was the last time you saw Ryan deke out a couple-3 opposition players on his way to the net? Thought so, it’s been quite awhile.

There’s a huge difference between going to the net and/or getting into a shooting lane and attacking the net with the puck on your stick.

Ryan must become a tad more selfish with the puck and take more responsibility for finishing plays in the offensive zone. Bobby Ryan is among the league’s best, one on one, and he simply isn’t exploiting those opportunities.

This would fix most of it but not all. Obviously, Ryan needs to take more shooting accuracy drills. Pull out the old shooter tutor and have at it. Me? Most times I’d pick a spot on the boards and shoot at it. Try and hit it from different angles. That shooter tutor was the best goalie I ever came up against.

 

Many thanks to yougetwhatyouputin for again stepping up to keep the blog going forward. This time a Trojan worm took down the desktop while a driver issue sent the laptop dark. The desktop is back up and running. The laptop will require a return to the repair shop.

You probably know the OCR has gone subscription based. As a result the Ducks no longer include the OCR in its Daily Clips email promo. The bummer is that practice coverage provided by the Ducks Official Website is inconsistent. We need to know who is on the ice, the lines and D pairings at practice. The purpose or theme of the practice, if there is one. Which goalie leaves the ice first on game day skates. If you would please email our Ducks and let them know how you want practices covered.

Ducks @ Kings:

Stakes: Ducks backed into the playoffs when Calgary beat Phoenix in OT yesterday. A win in RT will all but seal Ducks second Pacific Division crown in franchise history. IF our Ducks do win in RT a tie in their remaining five games will secure the Pacific.

Keys to the Game:

1. Match the Kings intensity. We can’t win unless we want to win.
2. Stay out of the sin bin. You just can’t give the Kings PP chances.
3. Be first on loose pucks. Do this and we know our Ducks are skating.
4. Win the physical battles.
5. Neutralize Doughty by forcing his partner (Reghr) to play the puck.

Many are noting that our Ducks have cooled somewhat. A glance at the recent record 5-6-1 Goal Differential minus 8  in the last twelve games supports the point. What the record doesn’t show is that our Ducks have been on an emotional roller coaster of late. Over this same span our guys took 2 of 3 against Dallas and beaten both the Kings and Blackhawks. In those five games that they got up for, our Ducks record is 4-1 with a Goal Differential of plus 6.

Injuries: Cam Fowler is questionable, Nick Bonino is expected back toward the middle of next week. Kings D-men Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene are out for the season.

Fowler’s absence significantly impacts the transition game. The work Scott Niedermayer has done with Cam this season is evident. While his progress isn’t showing up in goals and assists, Cam’s plus/minus has gone from minus-28 to minus-7. At least part of the reason is we spend less time in our zone when Fowler is on the ice.

With Cam out, look for the outlet/support player to be positioned closer to the puck.

Update @ 2:37pm PT: (((DOH))) GM Bob Murray has acquired a guy our Ducks have sought for a couple of years now. I don’t quite understand why. Phoenix Coyotes have sent us Matthew Lombardi in exchange for a full of himself kid who wasn’t welcome in the room by name of Brandon McMillan.
In Lombardi we get damaged goods due to concussions. He can motor and  PK, even show a flash of brilliance now and then but his days as a bonafide top six forward are behind him.

Update @ 11:50am PT: Looks like we won’t get our second line center. I’m okay with that.

Jeez, does Katie Carrera remind you of Lucy shouting at Charlie Brown or what?

Update @10:25am PT: Via Twitter
Katie Carrera

Katie Carrera, Washington Post beat writer.

@kcarrera

Ribeiro: “I don’t really see myself move or sign today. We’ll just get focused for the game tomorrow.”

Update @8:35am PT: Anaheim Ducks have signed Boston College’ stat machine Steve Whitney. The diminutive forward is the current Walter Brown Trophy given annually to the best New England based college player. Whit is expected to be heading straight to the Norfolk Admirals to begin his professional hockey career.

Update 8:18amPT: With Ribeiro looking like he’ll stay in Washington, look for attention to move toward the Red Wings Valteri Filppula. Not much chance of the Wings and Ducks doing a deal though.

Update 8:00am PT: Via RDS Renaud Levoi Twitter

Mike Ribeiro is ready to accept a 4 year extension instead of a 5 year. It will be interesting to see what will be Capitals respond. (sic)

Update @7:57am PT: All quiet with less than 4.5 hours to go to the trade deadline. If recent deadline day trade patterns continue, expect a big name or two to move about mid-morning with a flurry of trades for depth players in the final hour.
Various media reports indicate the Caps may keep Mike Ribeiro for the stretch run and risk losing him via UFA this summer. Ribeiro turned down a 3 year extension as he is reportedly looking for a 5 year term.

A couple/few weeks back this blog posited that our Ducks were looking for a second line center at the deadline approached. The notion was later picked up by Pierre Lebrun TSN/ESPN, Lyle “Gossip Girl” Richardson at THN and Eric Stephens OCR.

This blog looked at the leading pending UFA candidates, commonly called ‘rentals’ as it it’s assumed second line center will be earned by Bones or Peter Holland next season. Difficult to say if we would have acquired David Steckel had Nick Bonino not gone down with a lower body injury.

That’s the conventional wisdom as they say.

Derek Roy, one of the players said to interest GM Bob Murray, was traded from Dallas to Vancouver earlier today. That leaves top guns Mike Ribiero and Patrik Elias still available.

A couple of weeks ago Darren Dreger Tweeted that our Ducks had a chat with the Flyers about Sean Couturier. Could be Bob Murray is looking 2-5 years down the road as well.

Couturier is currently experiencing the sophomore slump. Not exactly the kind of guy you bring in to replace a promising rookie.

If you’re going to chat with Philly about Courturier because you’re looking for a second line center, you may as well be chatting with Ottawa about Kyle Turris or Tampa Bay about Cory Conacher. No such rumor has surfaced. So I figure Dreger’s Tweet an outlier. Maybe it was more like the Flyer feeling out our Ducks about what it might take to acquire Bobby Ryan. Hopefully it will be more than Sean Couturier.

There are others rumored available. Andy MacDonald and Matt Cullen, both former Ducks but it isn’t likely St. Louis or Minnesota would trade with a potential playoff opponent.

Detroit had let it be known Filip Filppula is available but that was before the injuries to Zetterburg, Helm, Bertuzzi and Samuelsson.
Red Wings are shopping for a forward help now.

Mike Ribeiro competes and brings a gritty quality to his game. He’s ideal if we can get him without giving up a roster player or one of our D prospects.

We could do something whacked like take on Vincent Lecavalier’s salary then buy him out this summer. Another guy that maybe falls into this category is Flames Mike Cammalleri.

For my money it’s Ribeiro, Elias or stay home.

It’s a tough break for rookie Peter Holland if we do upgrade. If we had an 82 game schedule I genuinely believe Holland would’ve proved himself and maybe formed a successful Kid Line with Etem and Palmieri. Our Cup team had one in Getzlaf-Penner-Perry.

Then again, if we do nothing Holland has 12 more regular season games to get his offense going. The rest of his game is decent. Sometimes the best trades turn out to be the ones you don’t make. The absolute worst thing that happens is that Peter Holland gets the playoff ride and experience of his life. That too will pay big dividends maybe as soon as next season.

Mama said there’d be games like this. Ducks looked done like dinner as the Blues virtually owned them through the first twenty minutes. Our guys were stationary as the Blues got to all the loose pucks. St. Louis got second, third and fourth chances on Fasth.

Emerson Etem was called for tripping at 5:01 which allowed St. Louis to best the NHL’s best PP on display. A minute and change later Alexander Steen sent a seeing eye shot that went 5-hole through the screened Viktor Fasth.

Bobby Ryan got that one back on a wrist shot from about 30 feet out that totally handcuffed Brian Elliot. It was also Ducks first shot on goal and came at 11:09 of the first. It seemed far too little though as the Blues continued to dominate and took a two goal lead on goals by David Backes and David Perron.

Ducks fortunes fared better in the second as they earned significant offensive zone time. Coach began to juggle his lines and once again the tinkering paid off. The score remained 3-1 until the Ducks exploded for the 3 goals in 1:41. First Selanne scored after Ryan dug the puck off the far boards and fed Koivu in the face-off circle. Koivu fired and the rebound went to Selanne who easily lifted one behind Elliot. Andrew Cogliano netted his first of the season with help from Nick Bonino and Daniel Winnick. Bobby Ryan’s second of the night put our Ducks in front 4-3.

The scoring binge continued through the third as the Blues got goals from T.J. Oshie and Chris Stewart on the PP. Saku Koivu responded for our Ducks and the game went to overtime.

The Mardi Gras night fans were to get their money worth as the game went to a shoot out. The extra point wasn’t settled until Nick Bonino scored in the 6th round.

Following the game Blues coach Ken Hitchcock announced that Jake Allen would start St. Louis next game on Monday unless Jaroslav Halak is cleared the to play by the medical staff.

Our Ducks record goes to 8-2-1. The guys get 3 days to re-hydrate and mend the welts before they take their act into Chicago Tuesday night. And yeah this is one emotionally exhausted blogger right now.

A bounce. A rocket. A great goal-tending performance from Viktor Fasth. Ducks beat the Sharks 2-1 in regulation time.

For two periods our Ducks outshot, outhit and earned a noticeable territorial advantage in play. As happened last Monday in San Jose they simply weren’t getting rewarded for their effort. Demers gets a stick on an Andrew Cogliano snap shot. Greiss tips a Souray blast just over the net.

I was feeling that if we got one we might a couple-3 more in succession. It wasn’t to be though. Our Ducks showed tremendous discipline in gutting one out they might have thrown away as recently as just a couple of weeks ago.

Bryan Allen was the marked man again tonight taking 3 minor penalties, the first two of which were bad calls.  Give the Sharks credit. Adam Burrish faked a trip. The hold on Wingells was called very quickly. I’ll give the Refs the right call for the cross-check Couture. Teh problem for guys like Allen is that you don’t notice them until the make a mistake. Quick and don’t look, how many shots did Allen block tonight? How many good first passes did he make?

What is really impressing me is that not so long ago a couple of bad calls like those on Allen and our guys would have started whining to be followed by a penalty parade to the sin bin. Not with this Ducks team though. This team is not giving up on themselves. This team is sucking it up and continues playing their hearts out. And finding ways to win.

When was the last time you saw a Ducks team win a Coach’s nightmare 7-4 and come back and win the next game 2-1? This speaks volumes for what this team might accomplish this year.

Emerson Etem took 3-4 shifts on the top line in the third period. He looked like he belonged.

Bobby Ryan didn’t get on the scoreboard. He made some great defensive plays from the center position.

Nick Bonino followed up his hat trick performance by taking key defensive face offs against the Sharks PP late in the third.

Ryan Getzlaf didn’t score but he finished the game tied with Sheldon Souray for shot leader with 4 apiece. This will pay dividends as Getz becomes less predictable.

Sticking with Getz, I saw something tonight absent since we traded Pronger. The Captain drifted back from the face off dot for a quick chat with Sheldon Souray. Usually guys are confirming assignments. It was good to see Ryan Getzlaf having somebody he check off with.

Enjoy the win. Enjoy that our Ducks took 3 of 4 points from the Sharks in two games. Let’s remember that Sharks played each game without their top two D-men, Dan Boyle and Brent Burns. Sharks will be better when those two guys get healthy.

If somebody had told you that our Ducks would start the season 6-1-1 but that Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan would total just 3 goals between them, would you have called them crazy or asked them to share?

The next test  for our Ducks is a 6 game road swing. Ducks begin in Colorado on Wednesday. The trip then includes stops in Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and Nashville.

With 3 days between the Chicago (2/12) and Detroit (2/15) games and that Chicago will be our twelfth game of the season, look for a quarter pole report at that time.

These Ducks could accomplish something very special this season. In dispatching the Stanley Cup champion Kings, our Ducks had to beat not just the Kings, they had to overcome some bad officiating, their own demons, an unfavorable schedule and an injury that reduced them to five D-men for the final two periods.

This was a night when even a good showing would have been accepted and excused by most paying customers.

Just two weeks ago our Ducks found themselves in a very similar situation. On that night our guys gave in to their base instincts and Vancouver made them look like goofs on their way to 5-0 win.

Like the Canucks, Kings came out attempting to dictate the tempo and dominate physically. Even in the eye of this Ducks fan, Kings earned a territorial advantage in play throughout the game. Our Ducks didn’t let them do much with it. Our guys dove in front of shots. They matched the Kings physically, tying them up and moving them out of harms way.

Ducks took an early lead on two goals from Nick Bonino. Suter yanked Quick and replaced him with Bernier. Kings responded with assists from B market officiating and came back to tie it up. Dustin Brown on a PP and Jared Stoll wristed while falling away just 34 seconds later.

Ryan Getzlaf went to the Kings net to bury one as our Ducks skated off the ice leading 3-2 after one period of play.

Kings would tie it up 3 more times but would never lead before our Ducks pulled away in the third.

Nick Bonino buried another to complete his first career hat trick. It was another night when our Ducks got significant scoring from an unexpected source.

It was a night of a few Ducks firsts. Emerson Etem earned his first NHL points assisting on each Bones’ first two goals. It was also Double E’s first multi-point NHL game.

Teemu Selanne’s EN goal moved him ahead of Doug Gilmour for 16th place on the All Time Points leaders.

As this blog has noted on numerous occasions, goalie stats are useless indicators. Jonas Hiller is not among the top 40 NHL goalies in SV% or GAA. He’s tied for tenth in wins with four.

And tonight, maybe for the first time since we traded Chris Pronger, this blogger saw reason for hope.

Local media calls it the Freeway Series. How exciting. What’s at stake is SoCal Raz Rights. It happens at award shows, at pre-camp skates and at Golds Gym. Given the passion fans invest in the series it’s a rivalry deserving of its own trophy.
Last season Kings were the clear Raz Rights winner going 5-1 against our Ducks.

Stats and previous records mean nothing. Though how the Kings have managed to eke out a 2-2-2 record while scoring less than two goals (1.83) per game is noteworthy. Kings virtually must play perfect hockey to win these days. The fact their doing it even half the time is remarkable. Kings have scored more than two goals just once in their first six games, beating Phoenix 4-2 last Saturday.

Ducks are winning while in a state of flux. Getzlaf and Perry are on their third left winger in just six games. Nick Bonino was moved off the second line for the game last night against the Wild. Sheldon Souray is anchoring a PK unit. The Bobby Ryan to center experiment was revived absent any fanfare. Coach just did it. The fourth line is drawn from rotating call-ups, an enforcer and a rookie who can only play one more game. On the back line Fowler and Allen are the only ES pairing that has survived intact through the early going.

Last season the Kings won the Cup while seemingly hardly breaking a sweat. They were that dominant. Kings pushed our Ducks around like our guys were boy toys. This is the game in which Ducks fans should truly see the impact Dan Winnick, Bryan Allen and Sheldon Souray bring to our team. Nashville Predators aren’t exactly pushovers but these LA Kings may still be hockey’s most physically dominant team.

Ducks new compete level was on full display last night when Bryan Allen battled Zenon Konopka in front of Fasth.

Earlier in the week many eyes were fixed on the Sharks game as a measuring stick for our team. This game is an equally important measuring stick because these Kings will test our mettle and character. Prior to this short 3 game points streak the Vancouver Canucks got under the skin and exposed our Ducks for the bunch of whiners and crybabies they became on that night.

Our guys have done a great job of cleaning that up for 3 consecutive games. This game will show us if their newly found character is real. In other words, avoid the extra-curricular trash hockey, goof-ball retaliating and match the Kings physicality within the game itself; our Ducks are showing they can play with anybody, even Stanley Cup champions.