Corey Perry

Welcome Matt Beleskey to the trade rumor mill


Pretty interesting tidbit here from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, discussing if Anaheim would consider moving breakout scoring sensation Matt Beleskey:

“Well how about a 19-goal scorer in Matt Beleskey. Believe it or not, there is talk that Anaheim may move him. Very seldom do you see a Stanley Cup contending team make such a bold move, but the fact remains he’s an unrestricted free agent.

“They’re not even close to term or money. He knows long-term that he’ll get a better deal somewhere else. So maybe the time is to move him now.”

We’ve written quite a bit about Beleskey’s out-of-nowhere campaign, in which he’s scored a career-high 19 goals — second on the Ducks to Corey Perry, tied for 18th in the NHL. Back in early January, agent Murray Kuntz began negotiations with Anaheim GM Bob Murray on a new deal; Beleskey, who’s in the final year of a deal that pays $1.35 million annually, is probably in line for a significant raise given he’s only 26 and could be one of the bigger names to hit the open market this season.

That said, Beleskey wants to stay in Anaheim.

“You do think about the future,” he explained, per the O.C. Register. “I want nothing more than to stay in Anaheim. I’ve never been anywhere else and I don’t think there’s a reason to go anywhere else.

“This is where I’d like to be. Hopefully we’ll see what happens.”

The concern for the Ducks is available money down the road. Committing too much (or, too many years) to Beleskey could be an issue given the slew of young players that’ll need contracts in the future: Jakob Silfverberg is an RFA this summer and, in ’16, Anaheim will have a ton of work to do with Frederik Andersen, Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell and Devante Smith-Pelly all going restricted.

One also wonders if the Ducks — head coach Bruce Boudreau specifically — think Beleskey is really worth the money. There’s no denying his goal production is tied to extended minutes on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry; there was also a curious moment in mid-January when Boudreau made Beleskey a healthy scratch.

Eric Staal on playing with Jordan: ‘We’re a threat every night’


One would hope that the Carolina Hurricanes would get something like a lite version of what the Sedin twins have in pairing Eric Staal and Jordan Staal, but it turns out that isn’t quite as simple.

Instead, it’s been a learning process, as Eric told that he spent most of his life competing against (rather than alongside) his brother Jordan.

“I’ve never played with him in my life,” Eric said. “Even on the outdoor rink we played against each other, so it’s not like I have anything to go on. I’ve watched him my whole life. I know his game, what he does, what he’s good at and what I’m good at, but we’re figuring it out as we go.”

The profile points out that the two have combined for 20 points since pairing up (Jordan in the middle, Eric moving to the wing) on Dec. 29. Eric remarked that “we’re a threat every night.”

After years of carrying depth linemates, it must be a luxury for Jordan to play with a partner as talented as his brother. It makes sense that his strategy is simply to get Eric the puck, then. Their size and skill remind their brother Marc Staal of playing against Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

It’s probably safe to say that it’s too late for the sibling pairing to be something opponents worry about (beyond being a spoiler threat), yet such comparisons have to give Carolina some much-needed hope for the future.

NHL on NBCSN: Sharks’ ‘dog fight’ continues vs. red hot Ducks


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign with a doubleheader tonight. The second half will start at 10:30 p.m. ET with the San Jose Sharks hosting the Anaheim Ducks at the SAP Center. In addition to NBCSN, you can watch it online.

The Ducks have won six straight games and are on track to claim the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time. One thing they haven’t been able to do so is regularly get the better of the Sharks. In four meetings this season, San Jose has earned three victories and has outscored Anaheim 15-8.

Given how strong a team the Ducks have, already having the season series against them locked is a big accomplishment for San Jose, but it hasn’t been enough. Although the Sharks are in a playoff position right now, they only have a two-point cushion.

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“We’re in a dog fight. That’s the best way of putting it,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan told CSN Bay Area.

He added, “We’re a middle-of-the-pack team right now. Until we declare ourselves any different, and that’s through play and wins, that’s what we are. We have to take steps forward to overcome that.”

The Sharks mediocrity this season stems from their inconsistency. In their first game back from the All-Star break, they have an opportunity to set a new tone going forward. It can be a new beginning for guys like Tomas Hertl, who dazzled observers when he was healthy during his rookie season, but has endured a rough sophomore campaign with just 17 points in 48 games. It’s also a chance for Patrick Marleau to regroup. He scored at least 30 goals for five straight campaigns (not counting the lockout-shortened season), but has found the back of the net just nine times this season.

The Ducks will naturally counter with the one-two punch of forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. While Anaheim collectively hasn’t had much success against San Jose this season, that duo has remained very effective and will likely make life difficult again for the Sharks.

The Sharks need these two points more than Anaheim, but the Ducks shouldn’t have a difficult time staying motivated as they battle to put themselves in the best possible position going into the playoffs.

Leafs shut out in Anaheim, have lost five of last six games


For the second time in three nights, the Toronto Maple Leafs were kept to a zero on their side of the scoreboard. The losing continues.

On Wednesday, the fell by a final score of 4-0 to the Anaheim Ducks in the second of three games through California on this current road trip. Corey Perry had the hat trick – his third already this season – and Ryan Getzlaf had two assists.

According to, which tracks the analytic side of the game, Perry and Getzlaf dominated puck possession at even strength, with 75 and 77 per cent Corsi For ratings, respectively.

Hey, at least the Leafs outshot their opponents. That’s something, right? This month, the Leafs have been shut out twice, kept to one goal in a game on two different occasions and have undergone a coaching change.

David Booth left the game in the third period, and didn’t appear to be in good shape as he headed to the dressing room.

The frustration of Leafs fans appears to have reached out west now, too.

Rakell channels Selanne as Ducks execute big comeback vs. Jets


Anaheim began the night by retiring No. 8 and saluting 44-year-old Teemu Selanne on his storybook career. It ended after 21-year-old Rickard Rakell lead the Ducks in an unlikely 5-4 shootout victory comeback victory.

Rakell has plenty of promise, but going into Sunday’s game he had never recorded more than one point in a single NHL contest. Tonight he had two goals and four points, including the game-tying marker with just 2:03 minutes left in regulation:

It was quite the turn of events after Winnipeg entered the period up 4-2 and in the middle of a five-on-three power play. Rakell also got an opportunity to show off in the shootout and managed to beat Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec for the third time tonight. However, it was Sami Vatanen in Round 6 that ultimately ended this contest.

With that, the Ducks improved to a remarkable 21-0-6 in one-goal games. They’re also one of the best teams in the league when down after two periods with a 6-10-0 record in those situations.

Anaheim’s normal heavy hitters, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, failed to record a point and had a combined minus-three rating. Instead Tim Jackman and Kyle Palmieri accounted for the Ducks’ other two goals.

Winnipeg has now won just two of its last seven games as it clings onto a Wild Card spot.