Great Odin’s raven: San Diego Gulls goaltender puts Ron Burgundy on new mask

Jared Clinton
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Ron Burgundy, the fictitious San Diego broadcaster played by Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, is one of the most memorable — and certainly most quotable — characters from a comedy in the past 15 years.

Burgundy’s quips and one-liners have remained incredibly popular more than a decade after the film’s 2004 release, and it seemed only a matter of time before someone would make the obvious connection between Anchorman and the San Diego Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate. Well, the connection has been made, and now Gulls fans will be seeing Burgundy night in and night out on the mask of goaltender Ryan Faragher.

Mask artist David Gunnarsson posted Faragher’s new mask Friday, and it pays homage to the Anchorman character with a portrait on the left panel of the mask, as well as the rest of his Channel 4 news team: Read more

Ducks trade Jiri Sekac to Blackhawks for Ryan Garbutt. Why?

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Jiri Sekac and Ryan Garbutt. (Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks struck a mini deal Thursday. Left winger Ryan Garbutt heads to the Ducks and left winger Jiri Sekac joins the Hawks.

The salary cap exchange is negligible. Sekac carries a $925,000 cap hit and is a restricted free agent this summer. Garbutt’s number is $900,000, as the Dallas Stars ate half his $1.8 million in the Patrick Sharp trade with Chicago. Garbutt has one season left on his deal.

Read more Roundtable: Which bubble teams will make, or miss, the playoffs?

Matt Duchene and Shea Weber. (Getty Images)

The NHL standings are very close. The league has rarely seen the kind of parity being displayed so far this season. More than halfway through the season you can count on one hand the number of teams that are already out of playoff contention.

While teams like the Capitals and Kings start to run away with their divisions, there are a number of teams stuck right in the middle, right on the crowded playoff bubble.

As the all-star break approaches, here are our picks for playoff bubble teams that will be in or out of the playoffs come April.

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Brian McGrattan slams face off ice, taken off on stretcher following AHL fight

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Brian McGrattan was injured following a fight (via YouTube)

A fight in the AHL nearly turned disastrous Tuesday night as San Diego Gulls winger and veteran bruiser Brian McGrattan was knocked out cold and slammed face first into the ice.

The fight, which occurred less than four minutes into the second period, ended when San Antonio Rampage winger Daniel Maggio connected with a right hand that stunned McGrattan. The punch caused McGrattan to fall to the ice without the ability to stop his head from crashing into the ice. As soon as he fell to the ice, he laid motionless with players from the Gulls, Rampage and referees on the ice signalling for immediate help: Read more

Rickard Rakell beats Jonathan Quick with a spectacular one-handed deflection

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Rickard Rakell (via NHL/YouTube)

Not many Ducks are getting bounces, but Rickard Rakell got a perfect one Sunday night.

Shortly after Los Angeles had scored in the second period of Sunday’s game, Anaheim found themselves with possession of the puck in the Kings zone. Rakell made a slick touch pass back to Kevin Bieksa, who fired a pass over to Shea Theodore. With the puck at the blueline, Rakell went directly to the front of the net.

However, with Theodore hanging on to the puck a split-second longer than anticipated, Rakell made himself available for a pass to the left of goaltender Jonathan Quick. Rakell’s extra stride seemingly put him out of position when Theodore’s shot came towards the net, but the Ducks winger reached back with one hand and, with a flick of his wrists, deflected the puck over the shoulder of Quick: Read more

Ryan Getzlaf benched in Ducks victory after terrible turnover leads to game-tying goal

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Ryan Getzlaf (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

This hasn’t been the season anyone believed the Ducks would be having. After falling one win short of the Stanley Cup final last season, Anaheim is fighting to stay in playoff contention and it hasn’t helped that Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is having a season he’d love to forget.

While his point totals aren’t awful — through 38 games, he has three goals and 26 points — Getzlaf’s production on a points per game level is the lowest of his career. He’s on pace for 53 points this season which would be the lowest total in any campaign that he’s played at least 60 games.

That said, Getzlaf, 30, had actually picked up his play over the past month and his season seemed ready to finally turn a corner. Getzlaf’s season had yet another disappointing moment Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators, though, as he made an abysmal neutral zone turnover that sent Curtis Lazar in alone for a breakaway goal and glued Getzlaf to the bench: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Ducks looking for much-needed scoring help

Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

Buried at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings a month ago, the Anaheim Ducks climbed to third in the division and within striking distance of a playoff berth. Credit for this improvement belongs to the outstanding performance of rookie goalie John Gibson and the solid play of their defense corps.

Offense, however, remains a problem for the Ducks. Since Dec. 1, they’ve managed to score three-or-more goals only three times and remain the league’s lowest-scoring team. Their offensive production drops significantly beyond first-line forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, who are well below last season’s high-scoring pace.

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