Tag: Corey Perry

Bruce Boudreau

The Ducks shouldn’t hit the panic button


Losing on such a big stage in an ugly way obviously stings, but is the situation really that dire for the Anaheim Ducks?

On paper, Anaheim accomplished a lot in 2014-15, yet that’s not how many will depict the situation. Let’s not deny it, either; the optics weren’t pretty in another Game 7 loss.

Sportsnet correspondent Elliotte Friedman describes Boudreau’s relationship with Ducks GM Bob Murray as “strained.” Many fans feel like this is the last straw … and Murray may just end up agreeing.

Here’s the thing though: the Ducks’ future could be incredibly bright, even if you merely look past the situation with Boudreau. Let’s ponder a few reasons why Anaheim may just be primed for bigger and better things.

They have a ton of cap space

According to General Fanager (a great Cap Geek supplement), the Ducks have about $17.6 million in cap space as of this moment.

Key free agents such as Francois Beauchemin and Matt Beleskey are primed to eat up some of that excess, but few contenders are poised to have this much breathing room in the offseason. Could the Ducks gain from other contenders’ salary cap pain?

Their defense is both young and deep

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As PHT’s Jason Brough also points out, the Ducks’ defense boasts an enviable array of young, promising defensemen.

Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen and Simon Despres are all 23. Hampus Lindholm is just 21.

Not many teams would enjoy the luxury of parking a (somewhat?) healthy James Wisniewski in the press box, but the Ducks did that this postseason. This defense could look downright scary in 2015-16.

Their goalies are cheap (and could get better)

The funny thing about the Ducks is that Frederik Andersen might not even be “their guy,” as John Gibson could very well have a brighter future. It’s conceivable that one or both of those netminders will play well in 2015-16.

In a league with big spending on goaltending, Anaheim enjoys the kind of flexibility that other teams can only dream of. Andersen and Gibson combine for about a $1.88 million cap hit next season with one year left on each of their deals. Murray could stick with both or decide to target a more experienced goalie via a trade or free agency.

Either way, it’s a pretty good problem to have, even if goaltending remains a perpetual question mark for the franchise.

Stars close to their primes

Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are all 30 as of this writing. Maybe that isn’t “prime age,” but it’s close … and players like Jakob Silfverberg could make big jumps for all we know.


No doubt about it, this is a big offseason for the Ducks, but they’re in a prime position if you look at the bigger picture.

Video: Ducks score three goals in 37 seconds to take third-period lead

Toronto Maple Leafs play the Anaheim Ducks

What a third period between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4.

The Ducks scored three goals in 37 seconds to take the lead from the Blackhawks, who had previously jumped out to a two-goal lead of their own on goals from Jonathan Toews, his first of this series, and Brent Seabrook.

But suddenly, the Ducks came back in stunning fashion. First, it was Ryan Kesler to get Anaheim back within a goal. Matt Beleskey tied it up and Corey Perry gave the Ducks the lead.

Now, the Blackhawks came back with a power play goal from Patrick Kane to tie the game at 4-4. That’s six goals in 10 minutes, one second.

Video: Corey Perry pulls Timonen into Blackhawks’ goalie Crawford


Corey Perry certainly isn’t doing anything to endear himself to the Chicago Blackhawks, including goalie Corey Crawford.

What else would you expect?

In the first period of Game 4, Perry grabbed Chicago defenseman Kimmo Timonen and sent him into Crawford after he covered the puck, stopping play.

Perry has been pestering Crawford throughout the series, as the Ducks have tried to make life miserable for the Chicago puck stopper. Following Game 3, Crawford came out and said he was getting bumped. “It wasn’t enough to get called, but it was enough on that one (to be) a little distraction,” he said.

Video: ‘I got bumped the whole game,’ says Crawford


It appears the Anaheim Ducks have made it their mission to make life as unpleasant as possible for Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

On both Anaheim goals in a Game 3 win over Chicago on Thursday, Corey Perry was standing directly in front of Crawford, providing the perfect screen on shots from the point.

Patrick Maroon scored on a deflection, and Simon Despres got his shot past a helpless Crawford, who didn’t move over to his left in time and it can be argued that was because of Perry in front.

“Just came down to one play, I guess,” Crawford said, as per CSN Chicago. “I got bumped. I got bumped the whole game. It wasn’t enough to get called, but it was enough on that one (to be) a little distraction. I’ve got to find a way to not get caught up, I guess.”

Video: Perry denied on scoring chance seconds after breaking his stick

This was quite a sudden sequence of events.

Corey Perry had his stick broken blocking a shot in the defensive zone, but as the play immediately transitioned up the ice, the Anaheim Ducks winger sped to the bench, grabbed a new stick from a teammate and joined back in the rush for a scoring chance.

Credit his teammates with being alert at the bench. It all happened quickly, with about six seconds in between Perry’s stick breaking at the Anaheim blue line to Corey Crawford’s save on Perry.