March 13, 1997 |
Teemu Selanne is seven goals from reaching the 50-goal mark for the second time in his five-year NHL career. Will he get there? Considering that he has six goals in the last four games and there are 14 games left, he probably will. Over the past 14 games, Selanne has 12 goals. Selanne scored an NHL rookie-record 76 goals during the 1992-93 season, but this is the first time he has scored more than 40 since then. He scored his 43rd Wednesday against Detroit.
September 18, 1996 |
Coach Ron Wilson will field a more representative lineup for tonight's exhibition against the New York Rangers at the Pond than Sunday's rookie-dominated squad. Jari Kurri will make his Duck exhibition debut, playing on a line with Finnish World Cup teammate Teemu Selanne. Neither played in a 2-0 loss to the Kings on Sunday. Rookie Mike Leclerc, who had 111 points for Brandon of the Western Hockey League last season, will be the third member of the Kurri-Selanne line.
September 4, 1996 |
Mighty Duck forward Roman Oksiuta won't report for the opening of training camp Saturday if he remains unsigned, said Oksiuta's agent, Rich Winter. Oksiuta, the Ducks' third leading scorer last season, is one of three restricted free agents who don't have new contracts. The others, defenseman David Karpa and center J.F. Jomphe, are expected to report anyway, unlike Oksiuta. "He won't be there," Winter said Tuesday. "There's no way he'd take the injury risk.
April 24, 1997 |
* Tonight: Game 5, 7:30 at the Pond. * How the series stands: Former Duck Bob Corkum scored and Teppo Numminen added an empty-net goal to give the Coyotes a 2-0 victory. The best-of-seven series is tied, 2-2. * What to expect tonight: Duck Coach Ron Wilson wants more physical play from his tough guys. * What Ducks need to do to win: They better put Game 4 behind them and concentrate on the task at hand.
August 30, 1997 |
The Mighty Ducks signed defenseman Darren Van Impe to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday. Van Impe, 24, had four goals and 19 assists in 74 games in 1996-97, his first full season in the NHL. "The thing about Darren is he has gotten better each of his three years in the league," said David McNab, assistant general manager. "There were a lot of rookie defensemen in the league last year and Darren ranked among the top in several categories."
February 13, 1997 |
The plan for first-round pick Ruslan Salei to become a quality NHL defenseman right off the bat was a bust, but Salei returned to the lineup Wednesday after five weeks in the minors. Injuries brought Salei back to Anaheim after a 12-game stint playing for Baltimore in the American Hockey League. "It was better for me. I got my confidence back," said Salei, 22, whose skating and physical play season led to his selection ninth overall last summer.
September 14, 1996 |
General Manager Jack Ferreira, whose acquisition of Teemu Selanne last season sparked the Ducks to a strong finish that ended one point shy of the playoffs, has signed a three-year contract extension through the 1998-99 season, he said. Ferreira, 52, previously was general manager of the San Jose Sharks and the Minnesota North Stars. * The unusual contract saga of center J.F.
September 12, 1996 |
At 36, Jari Kurri is nearing the end of a Hall of Fame career. But he chose to sign a $1.5-million free-agent contract with the Mighty Ducks--not with a top Stanley Cup contender. After all, he has won five. "The Cup is always the thing players have in their minds, but it's not always going to work that way," Kurri said Wednesday. Traded to the Rangers by the Kings last season, Kurri had offers from the Rangers, Vancouver and Dallas.
February 15, 1997 |
In the 1993-94 season, the Mighty Ducks set an NHL record for a first-year team with 19 road victories. That's a total they've yet to match, and they don't figure to do it this season either. Their record away from home is 8-16-4 with 13 road games remaining. The Ducks won 13 of 41 road games last season, and five of 24 during the lockout-shortened 1995 season. * The Ducks still have only three players with at least 10 goals: Teemu Selanne (32), Paul Kariya (25) and Steve Rucchin (12).