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Ducks bring back O’Brien, sign Sgarbossa and Wagner


The Anaheim Ducks reached multiple one-year deals on Thursday, inking Shane O’Brien, Michael Sgarbossa and Chris Wagner.

O’Brien, 31, is an interesting case, as the Ducks drafted him with the 250th pick of the 2003 NHL Draft. O’Brien only ended up playing 62 games for the Ducks in 2006-07, beginning a journeyman career that included nine games with the Florida Panthers in 2014-15.

His career stats should tell the story of his role with the Ducks, when he’d manage to play beyond the AHL level: 92 points and 916 PIM in 537 career NHL games.

Wagner, 24, was the 122nd pick of the 2010 NHL Draft. He played in nine games with the Ducks in 2014-15, but failed to score a point. He’d likely provide injury insurance.

Sgarbossa, 22, has appeared in nine NHL games, with three of those contests coming with Colorado in 2014-15.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Leafs rank among sports’ most valuable teams

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Toronto Maple Leafs placed 37th on Forbes’ list of the 50 (technically 51) most valuable sports franchises at $1.3 billion. The Buds are the only NHL team to make the list. (Forbes)

Learn about Mike Gillis’ new gig: as a professor. (The Hockey News)

Ten things you may or may not know about Johnny Oduya. (Dallas Morning News)

This one’s a little old, but interesting: how much room does Brandon Saad have for improvement? (The Cannon)

Debating Ron Hextall’s Hall of Fame credentials. (ESPN)

Want a grim outlook for Ryan Kesler in Anaheim? This one might take the cake.

OMG, hockey emojis! (H/T to Sportsnet)

Kesler says Ducks letdowns are ‘not going to happen again’

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Anaheim Ducks management stepped up to the plate in handing Ryan Kesler a hefty six-year, $41.25 million contract extension. Now it’s up to Kesler & Co. to prove that it’s all worth it.

The 30-year-old told the team website that he believes the Ducks “have all the pieces, we just need to put them together.” Kesler also said that falling short of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final ultimately serves as a valuable learning experience for the team.

At what point do you need to put those lessons together for an even deeper playoff run, though? Kesler looked back at the Ducks’ inability to put the Chicago Blackhawks away, including a 5-2 loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final:

“We needed a killer instinct in Game 6. We didn’t have it,” Kesler said. “There are two ways we can go about it: We can sulk about it or we can learn from it. I’m gonna make sure, just like all the other leaders on this team, that we learn from this and we learn not to let it happen again. That’s our job as leaders on this team. That’s not gonna happen again, I’ll tell you that.”

One cannot help but wonder how wide open the window really is for the Ducks, actually.

Wrong side of 30

Look, the West remains brutal, particularly with the ascension of Anaheim’s old nemesis, the Dallas Stars.

Still, this may just be the Ducks’ best chance to go all the way. The Blackhawks suffered some significant losses during this summer, and many others seemed to idle or even get worse. On paper, Anaheim might just be the favorite in its conference.

Beyond that, the team’s big names aren’t getting any younger, and the days of having a glut of cap space might be fleeting.

As of this writing, Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are all 30 years old. According to many, that’s roughly the age where big scorers start to see diminishing returns.

Costly contracts coming

The Ducks will also see a squeeze in contracts, particularly if they don’t get some other extensions done early (like they did with Kesler).

They still have some haggling to do with Carl Hagelin* and Jakob Silfverberg before the 2015-16 season begins. Gearing up for 2016-17 may prove costly, too, as their three goalies (Frederik Andersen, John Gibson, Anton Khudobin) and significant young defensemen Sami Vatanen, Simon Despres and Hampus Lindholm will all need new contracts.

Even with the bright side of Khudobin being the only UFA in mind, the Ducks seem rapidly shift from being a contender with a startling salary cap cushion to another championship hopeful with little room to breathe.


Kesler can shrug off the pressure to win all he wants, but with that big new deal, he’ll shoulder a lot of the blame if the Ducks fall short once more.

* – Sorry, had to do it.

Ducks give Kesler six-year extension worth $41.25 million


The Anaheim Ducks have signed center Ryan Kesler to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $41.25 million, the club announced today.

That means Kesler, 30, will have a cap hit of $6.875 million starting in 2016-17 and through 2021-22. He still has one year left on his current deal, with a cap hit of $5 million.

Kesler had 20 goals and 27 assists last season with the Ducks, his first in Anaheim after being traded there from Vancouver. A former Selke Trophy winner, he added seven goals and six assists in 16 playoff games.

The Ducks are gambling that Kesler, a veteran of 736 NHL games, can maintain his level of play, along with fellow 30-year-old forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, each of whom are signed through 2020-21 for a combined cap hit of almost $17 million.

Related: Boudreau has ‘never coached a team in the NHL’ with a 2C like Kesler

Etem, acquired in Hagelin trade, signs one-year, $850,500 deal with Rangers

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The New York Rangers have locked in the key piece acquired in the Carl Hagelin-to-Anaheim trade — on Tuesday, the club signed Emerson Etem to a one-year deal worth $850,500, per the New York Post.

Etem, 23, is a former first-round pick (29th overall, 2010) that never seemed to fit in Anaheim. Despite lightning-quick skating ability and a nice skill set, the California native never played more than 45 games in a single season for the Ducks, and never scored more than 11 points. He did show some flashes this postseason, however, scoring three goals in 12 games for Anaheim, including this beauty against Winnipeg in the opening round:

In New York, Etem will get a fresh start — something Ducks GM Bob Murray said the youngster might need at this stage of his career — and should get a decent shot at minutes on a Rangers team that’s been thinned out up front. Hagelin is gone, Martin St. Louis retired and UFA James Sheppard remains unsigned.

The Rangers did bring in speedy ex-Preds forward Viktor Stalberg, however, and that could cut into Etem’s opportunity.