Report: Ducks received permission to speak with Paul MacLean


Last month the Ottawa Sun reported that no team had approached the Senators for permission to speak with fired coach Paul MacLean.

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, that has changed.

The Anaheim Ducks have been granted permission to speak to MacLean regarding their vacant assistant coaching position.

MacLean was fired in December after the Sens started the season with an 11-11-5 record.

In parts of four seasons behind the Ottawa Bench, the 57-year-old guided the Sens to a 114-90-35 record. The Senators clinched playoff berths in each of MacLean’s first two seasons.

Anaheim has a vacancy on Bruce Boudreau’s staff after the club fired Brad Lauer earlier this month.

In his 30 Thoughts post, Elliotte Friedman suggests MacLean may need some convincing to take a job other than a head coaching role.

MacLean served as an assistant coach in Anaheim when Mike Babcock was the team’s head coach.

Report: Ducks’ Thompson suffered two labral tears, expected out five to six months


Surgery performed this week on Anaheim Ducks forward Nate Thompson has reportedly revealed further damage to his injured shoulder.

According to a report from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register on Friday evening, the operation revealed two labral tears, with a recovery time of five to six months for the 30-year-old Thompson.

The Ducks stated that Thompson would undergo surgery on Thursday. The hard-hitting forward missed the first round of the playoffs because of injury, before returning to the Ducks lineup against the Calgary Flames.

In his first season with the Ducks, Thompson scored five goals and 18 points in 80 games, before scoring twice with six points in 12 playoff games.

Ducks reveal Getzlaf has a sports hernia


Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was very hard on himself in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final in what would ultimately be a 4-3 series loss to Chicago. As it turns out, he might not have been 100%.

The Ducks revealed that Getzlaf played through a sports hernia. It’s not clear when he sustained the injury and thus we don’t know how long he was dealing with the problem. He did record two goals and 20 points in 16 playoff contests, including an assist in Game 7 of Anaheim’s series against the Blackhawks.

The good news is that Getzlaf will not require surgery. Teammate Nate Thompson unfortunately can’t say the same.

Thompson, 30, is scheduled to have a shoulder operation today. He was hurt in a game against Arizona on April 11 and missed the first round of the playoffs as a result. However, he returned on April 30 and went on to record two goals and six points in 12 postseason contests.

It’s not yet known what the timetable is for Thompson’s recovery, per the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.

Video: ‘Pests’ Paquette and Shaw trade goals

Heading into Game 2, Jonathan Toews noted that Cedric Paquette has big shoes to fill compared to the pesky ways of Ryan Kesler. The Tampa Bay Lightning would likely be satisfied if he scores some points.

That happened early on Saturday, as Paquette paid of a stream of Lightning chances with this 1-0 goal:

The Lightning came into the 2015 Stanley Cup Final undefeated when they scored first in the postseason, yet they lost Game 1. Can they hold off the Chicago Blackhawks this time around?

One thing’s clear: the pace of Game 2’s first period is right up there with Game 1’s hectic opening frame.

Oh yeah, and Jonathan Drouin is definitely making his presence felt. Speaking of presences, could we see Kyle Cumiskey as a scratch after that 1-0 goal?

Update: So far, it’s a night for pests, as Andrew Shaw sent home a rebound to make it 1-1. Tampa Bay’s lead did not last very long.

Also, this:

‘I’m still huge on Columbus,’ says star collegiate d-man Reilly


Though he’s currently in the process of talking to other teams, University of Minnesota standout Mike Reilly — drafted by Columbus four years ago — says he could still very well end up with the Blue Jackets.

“I haven’t been able to talk to any teams until now since I had to wait 30 days after withdrawing from school,” Reilly said Wednesday, per “There’s a lot of things that go on, but I think it’s good to kind of see what else is out there. I’m still huge on Columbus. But to be in this situation is pretty unique.”

Reilly is currently at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo where, per agent Pat Brisson, he’s meeting with a handful of suitors. It’s believed Chicago and Minnesota (his dad, also named Mike, is a minority owner of the Wild) are among the frontrunners for his services, and there’s a good reason why other teams are trying to get into that mix; the 21-year-old Reilly was a Hobey Baker candidate and two-time All-American that, this season, became the first d-man in nearly 20 years to lead the Golden Gophers in scoring.

Last month, he announced he was leaving the University of Minnesota and upped his professional stock by representing Team USA at the Worlds, where he appeared in all 10 games and helped the Americans capture bronze.

Columbus has been trying to get Reilly signed for quite some time. GM Jarmo Kekalainen worked at inking him repeatedly throughout the last year and, upon trading d-man James Wisniewski at the deadline, said the move would open up a spot for Reilly at the NHL level.

But Reilly seemed determined to test free agent waters, not unlike what former Boston College standout Kevin Hayes did last summer. Hayes, taken in the first round by Chicago in 2010, balked on signing his entry-level deal with the ‘Hawks and instead went UFA, eventually signing with the Rangers.

It’s something that collegiate players can exploit to their benefit. While there’s a cap on how much Reilly can earn on his ELC, he does now have control of his destination and which organization might give him the best chance at playing right away — or, winning right away.