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The Anaheim Ducks have been busy in their season and think they are ready to compete for the Stanley Cup Playoff after not qualifying in each of the past four seasons.
On the first day of the free agency, the ducks signed attackers Ryan Strom And the Frank Vatrano To play in the top six.
General Manager Pat Verbeek told the Ducks website on July 18: “I think Ryan will be a good addition from many different angles. From a leadership standpoint, it’s going to be very important. He’s obviously a really good playmaker. And we’ve had a really good year scoring goals this year.” Also. So I think having someone who is offensively very productive and someone who will provide really good culture and really good leadership in the dressing room was very important for our club and we addressed that.”
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Strom had scored 21 goals in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers last season. Vatrano scored 32 points (18 goals and 14 assists) in 71 games for the Rangers and the Florida Panthers.
“I think we just want to try and win some hockey games,” Strom said. “We have some good older players and hopefully we can come here and keep growing as a team. That seems to be the direction everything is going. A little bit of a change. [in the past few seasons] Losing some men who have been here for decades (Ryan Getslav, Corey BerryAnd the Humpus Lindholm). It’s not easy to replace that, but I think we’re trying to do that.”
Getslav retired after 17 seasons, including the past 12 as captain.
“Ryan was a great captain, a great player and an even better person,” said coach Dallas Aikins. “So, it leaves a gap, but Adam Henrik He is a great leader. troy terry He grows to be a very good leader. Pat Strom and Vatrano added there. Jacob Silverberg. Derek Grant He is a calm leader. Cam FowlerIncredible leader. Kevin Shattenkirkgreat leader. John Gibson. We have a lot of really good people. These guys are good human beings and that’s where leadership usually starts, and I think they’ll all be able to fill the void as a group.”
In addition to Strom and Vatrano, the ducks signed the defensive man John Klingberg With a one-year contract on July 29.
“Well obviously if you look at their team, I think they have some really interesting young players,” Klingberg said. “I think they made a move last year. Just looking at their team, I think they had a lot of injuries and COVID issues last year and they still get a lot of points. I am just excited to be able to come out there and try to help the team improve next season” .
Adding these three players to a kernel that includes two attackers Trevor Zegras And Terry, it’s not hard to see why it was such an exciting period in Anaheim. Zegras had 61 points and was one of the Calder Cup finalists as Rookie of the Year last season. Terry led the ducks with 37 goals and 67 points. It was the first time since 2017-2018 that Anaheim scored 30 goals and 60 points.
“clearly [Zegras and Terry] Both have had very productive seasons in terms of points. I think Troy Terry’s shot percentage (19.3 percent) was amazing,” said Eakins. That would be a low level for them. They will be looking to add on what they accomplished last year.
“…Hopefully Jacob Silverberg (the coagulopathy) will come back and fully recover, hopefully Max Jones (Ripped pectorals) can be recovered – he’s only played two games in the last year – and we’ve been looking for a huge comeback from a year ago Max Comtowe (16 points in 52 games)”.
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Anaheim finished seventh in the Pacific League last season, 21 points behind the Nashville Predators for a second wild card in the playoffs from the Western Conference. The Ducks were 24th in goalscoring (2.78 goals per game) having finished last in 2020-21 (2.21), 29th in 2019-20 (2.56) and last in 2018-19 (2.39). But the additions of Strom, Vatrano and Klingberg should help.
“I think you can see all the pieces in there,” Vatrano told the Ducks website on July 14, “there are the veterans on the team, the guys who have been around for so long, and then you have guys who have really proven themselves at such a young age. When To have a good mix of veteran leadership and young players who can move forward in the game is a sign of a great team. … the future is very bright at Anaheim.”