July 5, 2013 |
Mikhail Grabovski, cut loose by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday after a five-year run with the club, is like many talented hockey players. If you ask him a question, he's going to deliver a straightforward, often blunt answer. Players in the NHL don't usually point fingers at one another. They don't assign blame, they usually accept it. Grabovski, though, was clearly upset when Toronto bought out his contract and made him a free agent. The 29-year-old from Belarus was particularly unhappy with Maple Leafs Coach Randy Carlyle, a former coach with the Anaheim Ducks, whom he called an "idiot.
January 9, 2013 |
Just call him the short-order hockey coach. Not once, but twice, Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau has taken over an NHL team in the midst of the regular season and managed to stop the hemorrhaging, landing in the playoffs with one of those teams - the Washington Capitals, in 2007-08, an especially dramatic turnaround. Had the Ducks actually made the playoffs last season, the words "miracle worker" could have been attached to Boudreau's resume. They were 7-13-4 with Randy Carlyle and were 27-23-8 under Boudreau's watch.
July 12, 2012 |
Teemu Selanne's most-excellent, age-defying adventure was officially renewed for another installment. By Selanne. The forward who led the Ducks in scoring last season with 66 points, the man who turned 42 on July 3, let Anaheim know Thursday that he had decided to come back. Selanne, who is poised for his 20th NHL season, will make $4.5 million with the one-year extension, slipping neatly into the pay structure for the 40-something crowd. Selanne said there was some unfinished business from last season.
May 10, 2012 |
The Ducks signed Coach Bruce Boudreau to a two-year contract extension, which goes through the 2014-15 season. Boudreau was originally under contract through this upcoming season. His record after taking over from Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30 was 27-23-8. Boudreau started the season with the Capitals and he had coached in Washington since 2007. "Since joining the organization last November, Bruce has done an outstanding job with the team," Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said.
March 5, 2012 |
Toronto may be the self-proclaimed Center of the Hockey Universe, but Anaheim has become the cradle of NHL coaches and executives, a position solidified last week when a former general manager of the Ducks fired a former Ducks coach and hired another former Ducks coach to salvage a sorry season. Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke , who put the final touches on the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup team, on Friday fired Ron Wilson — the Ducks' inaugural coach — and brought in Randy Carlyle , who coached Burke's Ducks to the Cup but was dismissed in late November during a season-sabotaging slump.
February 25, 2012 |
Hockey amnesia, indeed, can be a good thing. For the Anaheim Ducks. "I think we're thinking about forgetting everything," Ducks forward Bobby Ryan said Saturday after practice. "Pre —" He thought for a second. "Pre-Jan. 1, I guess," Ryan said. "That's where things kind of turned for us and we found our stride. So I think every other game, previously, we'll just take as a write-off right now. " The Ducks were finally home after a 15-day trip in which they were 5-1-2, punctuated by a shootout win against Carolina on Thursday.