Evander Kane would probably be the first to tell you 2014-15 hasn’t gone quite to plan.
After an injury took him out of the season opener, the Winnipeg Jets winger was sidelined for several games. When he returned from injury, the Kane struggled to score. Now, 20 games into his campaign, he may be looking at a few games on the sideline thanks to a hit from behind on Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner on Sunday: Read more
George Parros retired from the NHL on Friday after nine seasons as one of the league’s most feared brawlers.
A giant of a man who was loved just as much for his work off the ice as he was for his play on it, Parros’ fight log at hockeyfights.com reads like a novel. Seriously. Over the course of his career, Parros chucked knuckles more than 150 times, including 11 fights against Darcy Hordichuk, 8 battles with Jody Shelley, and 7 tilts with Colton Orr.
Here are Parros’ five greatest fights: Read more
Clean, hard hits have become the new no-no in today’s NHL. Hit a guy too hard – or hit a guy who’s too important – and you’d better be prepared to defend yourself.
That’s what happened to Minnesota Wild defenceman Keith Ballard on Friday, after he crushed the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry up against the boards during the first period.
Just days after Martin Brodeur successfully parlayed a tryout deal into a shot back in the NHL, it appears Ilya Bryzgalov is set to do the same.
It has been reported that Bryzgalov will sign a tryout with the Anaheim Ducks as early as this afternoon.
Bryzgalov, 34, is currently an unrestricted free agent and according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun the deal will “likely” end up with the eccentric netminder signing a deal with the Ducks. Read more
Boy, would a playoff series between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks be fun. The two teams got together for a matinee game on Friday and it’s nearly impossible to contain the highlights to a single page. Here are two of the best.
The first clip comes from the first period. As the Ducks broke through center ice, Ryan Kesler got the puck and cut into the middle of the ice in the Blackhawks zone, and gets absolutely crushed in open ice by defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. Before he got hit, however, Kesler moved the puck to Patrick Maroon who unleashed a shot that bounced off the glass behind goaltender Corey Crawford. Then, Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm showed off some hand-eye coordination: Read more
With injuries to Francois Beauchemin and Clayton Stoner, the Anaheim Ducks were in dire need of blueline help. They got some on Friday, trading a 2015 third-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer.
The deal makes sense for both sides. For Tampa Bay, Brewer was expendable. With Victor Hedman well on his way to returning, there would be little room for the veteran blueliner to make his way back into the top half of the lineup. Brewer is also a pending unrestricted free agent, so it makes sense to get rid of an expiring contract while the Lightning can still get something back in return. Read more
ESPN.com’s Craig Custance recently listed his top-20 NHL unrestricted free agents for 2015. What’s notable about Custance’s list, apart from the lack of genuine superstar talent in next summer’s UFA market, is that it’s dominated by defensemen.
The notables include Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin, Boston’s Adam McQuaid, Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, Chicago’s Johnny Oduya, Pittsburgh’s Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Martin, Toronto’s Cody Franson,Washington’s Mike Green, the Rangers’ Marc Staal and the Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk. Read more
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been one of the NHL’s busier wheelers-and-dealers of late, acquiring veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar from Dallas for Travis Moen last week and adding to the changes Thursday by dealing out-of-favor winger Rene Bourque to Anaheim in exchange for blueliner Bryan Allen.
That the soon-to-be 33-year-old Bourque was a goner from Montreal is no surprise; the team waived and demoted him to the American League earlier this month after being frustrated once again with his lack of production and engagement during the regular season. He bought himself some time last spring with eight goals and 11 points in 17 playoff games for the Habs, but after only posting a pair of assists in 13 games this season, Bergevin had seen enough. Read more