Player News - Ducks

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The Anaheim Ducks have hired Marty Wilford as an assistant coach.

He'll be replacing Trent Yawney who was let go at the end of the regular season. Wilford spent the previous three seasons as an assistant with Anaheim's farm team in San Diego. "Marty is a tremendous coach and has certainly earned this opportunity in Anaheim," said executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray. "Marty has been instrumental developing the majority of our young defensemen and we look forward to his contributions to the coaching staff next season."
May 21 - 8:04 PM

Ryan Miller underwent surgery on his left wrist last Friday.

The procedure removed a bone fragment and Miller is expected to be fully recovered in six weeks. The veteran netminder should be fine for training camp.
May 21 - 7:46 PM

Dallas Eakins has signed a multi-year extension to remain the head coach of San Diego Gulls.

The Gulls are Anaheim's minor-league affiliate. San Diego finished the regular season with 36-28-3 record and they failed to make the postseason. Eakins has been with the Gulls for three years. He hasn't coached in the NHL since 2014-15 with Edmonton. "Dallas has provided valuable leadership in San Diego since the Gulls arrived over three seasons ago," said executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray. "He has helped create a winning tradition and a successful development program with our AHL affiliate. His contract extension is a testament to that." In other news, the Ducks have added Marty Wilford as an assistant coach. He had been serving as one of assistants in San Diego.
May 21 - 7:43 PM

Dave Nonis is in Minnesota to meet with the Wild for their open position as the team's general manager.

Nonis is currently working as a scout for the Anaheim Ducks. He is best known for replacing Brian Burke as general manager of both the Vancouver Canucks (2004) and Toronto Maple Leafs (2013). Nonis' best move as a GM came when he packaged Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld to acquire Roberto Luongo from the Florida Panthers in June of 2006. Other than that, he has been the architect of some pretty average teams that have ultimately cost him his job. Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin is also expected to get an interview with the Wild in the coming days.
May 5 - 3:51 PM

Reto Berra will play for HC Fribourg-Gotteron of Switzerland's NLA next season.

Berra spent most of the 2017-18 campaign with the AHL's San Diego Gulls. In 32 appearances, he posted a 2.66 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He also skated in five games with the Anaheim Ducks, while going 1-1-0 with a 2.31 GAA and .926 save percentage.
May 1 - 4:38 PM

The Anaheim Ducks will not bring assistant coach Trent Yawney back next season.

Yawney had been with the Ducks for seven seasons. "While we decided to go in another direction, we thank Trent for his seven years with the Ducks organization, especially in helping develop our young defensemen," the Ducks said in a statement. "Trent is a driven and passionate coach, and we wish him the very best in the future." He shouldn't have a hard time finding another job in the near future.
Apr 23 - 7:02 PM

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle is likely to stay with the team for the 2018-19 campaign.

Although the Ducks were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, it seems GM Bob Murray felt the season overall went well for them. "In all honesty, I thought they did way better than I thought they were going to do," Murray said. "To get to where we finished, (tied for) eighth in the League in points, I never thought that." Part of the reason the Ducks surpassed Murray's expectations is probably because they were lowered due to the significant injuries that Anaheim had to endure. Defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen as well as forward Ryan Kesler all began the campaign on the sidelines. Later on, they missed Ryan Getzlaf, Ondrej Kase, and Cam Fowler for significant chunks of time. Despite that, they managed a 44-25-13 regular season record.
Apr 22 - 3:57 PM

Jakob Silfverberg will not play for Sweden at the World Championships.

Silfverberg and his wife are expecting their first child so early congratulations to the family. He had 17 goals and 40 points this season and remains a fringe fantasy player in deep leagues.
Apr 22 - 7:15 AM

GM Bob Murray said on Saturday that the Ducks have to get faster.

The Ducks were exposed in the playoffs by a faster San Jose squad and were eliminated in four straight games. "We just played a team that was way faster than us," Murray said. "And they played the game faster than us." Murray also said that coach Randy Carlyle would return.
Apr 22 - 7:03 AM

Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm will play for Sweden at the upcoming World Hockey Championships in Denmark.

The duo were two of the Ducks best players this season with Rakell leading the team in goals and Lindholm providing solid play on the blueline. Rakell had 34 goals and 69 points in 77 games this season, his second straight 30-plus goal season. He is a mid-round pick in most drafts next season.
Apr 22 - 7:00 AM

Patrick Eaves is expected to be ready by mid-October, according to Ducks GM Bob Murray.

Eaves underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum last month. He was injured during his rehab after he was diagnosed with Gullain-Barre Syndrome, which is a muscle-weakening autoimmune disorder, earlier this season. Eaves is healthy now, according to Murray, after he skated in only two games in 2017-18.
Apr 21 - 3:24 PM

Antoine Vermette can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Vermette still feels he has plenty of hockey left in him, but he will discuss his options with his family. "I've never been in this situation," he said referring to the uncertainty about his future. "I'll take my time to kind of see what we want to do here."
Apr 21 - 2:08 PM

Adam Henrique is interested in signing an extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

Henrique still has another season remaining on his contract. Anaheim would also like to keep him around beyond the 2018-19 campaign. The two sides can start negotiating July 1. Henrique notched 20 goals and 36 points in 57 games with the Ducks after he was acquired from New Jersey.
Apr 21 - 2:05 PM

Don't be surprised if Kevin Bieksa isn't back with the Ducks next season.

Bieksa is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer and he wasn't happy about his lack of playing time during the playoffs. He only got to appear in one game of Anaheim's first-round loss to San Jose. Bieksa missed Game 1 due to a hand injury and returned to the lineup in Game 2. However, he was scratched for the last two games of the series.
Apr 21 - 12:55 PM

Ryan Kesler said he dropped 20 pounds over the last month.

Kesler was trying to get faster after coming back from hip surgery. He intends to stay leaner and meaner going into next season. Kesler was not playing at 100 percent after his return, but he expects to resume regular training over the summer.
Apr 21 - 12:51 PM

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