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Report: Journeyman Santorelli signs in Swiss League

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Veteran forward Mike Santorelli, who’s appeared in over 400 NHL contests over the last eight years, is headed overseas.

Per multiple reports (see here and here), Santorelli has signed with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League. The 30-year-old spent last season with the Ducks, scoring nine goals and 18 points in 70 games but didn’t dress for any of the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Nashville.

Santorelli broke into the NHL with Nashville but enjoyed his best years with Florida and Vancouver. He was a former 20-goal scorer with the Panthers and enjoyed a successful stint with his hometown Canucks in ’13-14, scoring 28 points in 49 games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

Santorelli is the second veteran forward to sign in the Swiss League recently. Over the weekend, fellow journeyman Kris Versteeg agreed to join SC Bern.

Report: Ducks to sign Mason Raymond (Updated)

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Three years ago, Mason Raymond revived his career in Toronto under then-head coach Randy Carlyle.

Now it sounds like a reunion might be in the cards — in Anaheim.

Per Calgary’s Fan 960 radio, Raymond is on the verge of signing with the Ducks, just days after the Flames bought out the last of his three-year, $9.45 million deal.

Earlier today, Vancouver’s News 1130 reported that Raymond was “close” to signing with a new NHL team.

Update: Contract details, per TVA…

The 30-year-old has fallen on hard times since scoring 19 goals and 45 points under Carlyle in ’13-14. Raymond parlayed that season into a nice payday from his hometown Flames, but struggled to make an impact and stay in the lineup.

Last season, he had just four goals in 29 games and was eventually placed on waivers, finishing out the year in AHL Stockton.

Anaheim would be a good landing spot for the speedy winger. Carlyle is back in the mix as head coach, having taken over from Bruce Boudreau, and the deal would also reunite Raymond with former Canucks teammates Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa.

What’s more, the Ducks do have some spots available up front.

Chris Stewart exited via free agency, signing in Minnesota, while David Perron signed in St. Louis and Jamie McGinn in Arizona. The club also failed to make a qualifying offer for RFA Brandon Pirri, and has yet to re-sign veteran UFAs like Shawn Horcoff or Mike Santorelli.

Ducks sign Kossila, NCAA’s fifth-leading scorer, to two-year deal

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Kalle Kossila, the St. Cloud State senior that racked up 54 points in 41 games this year, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Ducks, the club confirmed on Wednesday.

Kossila, 22, enjoyed a tremendous ’15-16 campaign, leading the Huskies in scoring while drawing even with North Dakota freshman Brock Boeser — Vancouver’s first-round pick at last year’s draft — for the NCHC points title.

The Finnish forward ended his career as St. Cloud State’s sixth-leading scorer all-time.

Kossila’s two-year deal kicks in next season and, per the Star-Tribune, he’s now off to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego to begin his pro career on an amateur tryout contract.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of trajectory his career takes.

The Ducks have a wealth of options at forward, but have five UFAs (David Perron, Jamie McGinn, Shawn Horcoff, Chris Stewart and Mike Santorelli) in July, plus two intriguing RFAs in Brandon Pirri and Rickard Rakell.

Anaheim also figures to have some cap issues this summer, and have two very important d-men in Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen needing new deals. As such, a guy signed on the cheap like Kossila could find himself playing a role on the team, at some point.

Ducks announce Perron ‘week-to-week’ with shoulder injury

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The shoulder injury David Perron suffered during Sunday’s game against Winnipeg will keep him out of Anaheim’s lineup for the foreseeable future, head coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed on Monday.

“He’s going home for an MRI,” Boudreau said, per PHT’s Joey Alfieri. “It’s a shoulder injury. I don’t know how bad it is, but I assume it’s week-to-week.”

Perron was knocked out of action early against the Jets, and didn’t return. He finished with just 5:07 of ice time.

On Tuesday, the Ducks will play their second of a five-game Canadian road trip that goes through Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton. Given Perron went back to Anaheim for medical evaluation, it’s safe to rule him out for the remainder of the swing — which would be a big loss.

Perron has been terrific since coming over from Pittsburgh in the Carl Hagelin trade, scoring eight goals and 20 points in 28 games.

With Perron out of the lineup, the Ducks could insert Mike Santorelli into the lineup as a replacement forward.

Ducks shut down and shut out Sharks


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) John Gibson made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Anaheim Ducks ended the San Jose Sharks’ seven-game road winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Friday night.

Mike Santorelli‘s fourth goal early in the third period was enough for Gibson, who handed the Sharks their third shutout loss this season and second against Anaheim. The last time the teams met, Anton Khudobin made 31 saves in a 1-0 win on Nov. 7 at San Jose.

Gibson made his fifth straight start with Frederik Andersen sidelined by the flu.

Santorelli beat Martin Jones high to the glove side with a 25-foot wrist shot from the right circle after Nate Thompson worked the puck away from Sharks captain Joe Pavelski behind the net. Thompson was playing in his second game after missing the previous 25 while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Jones made 25 saves. He got a break when a screened 35-foot wrist shot from the slot by Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen hit the right post during a power play at 4:11 of the first period.

The Ducks had another great scoring chance about 13 minutes later, but Jones robbed Thompson at the doorstep after Santorelli found him all alone with a cross-ice pass from the right circle.

The Ducks were 0 for 4 on the power play, and are just 3 for 52 against the Sharks’ penalty-killing unit in 18 meetings since the start of the 2012-13 season. The three goals were by Nick Bonino, Mathieu Perreault and Matt Beleskey – none of whom are still with the club.

Patrick Marleau‘s goal-scoring streak ended at four games. The 18-year veteran has had six streaks of five or more games, including a five-game stretch during the 2006 playoffs. His career high is six games, in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Forward Micheal Haley, playing his 44th NHL game in a span of six seasons with the Sharks, Rangers and Islanders, was recalled from a brief stint in the minors and got into a fight with Chris Stewart at 9:40 of the first period. In the previous meeting between the teams, Haley brawled with Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner.

NOTES: Gibson made 25 saves in a 4-0 home win against Vancouver last Monday. … There are still 16 games left on the 41-game suspension for San Jose LW Raffi Torres after his hit on Ducks RW Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game on Oct. 3. Torres is eligible to return to the lineup Jan. 14. … San Jose’s Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 112 shots on net. … San Jose was 0 for 4 on the power play. The Ducks came in with the league’s best percentage on the penalty kill (87.0), allowing 12 goals in 92 short-handed situations.