Ducks announce Getzlaf has hernia, Thompson to undergo surgery

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Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf faces off against Flames center Matt Stajan during Game 2 of Anaheim's second-round playoff series against Calgary. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that captain Ryan Getzlaf and center Nate Thompson were battling through injuries this post-season.

Thompson, who is fighting a shoulder injury, will be required to go under the knife to repair the ailment, while Getzlaf, who is suffering from a sports hernia, will be able to rehab his injury without surgery. Thompson’s surgery will take place Thursday and, at this time, there’s no timeline regarding whether or not he’ll be available for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Read more

Anaheim coach Boudreau appears safe as Ducks fire assistant Lauer

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Brad Lauer (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

Three consecutive Game 7 exits had some wondering whether or not Bruce Boudreau would be back as Anaheim Ducks coach next season, but it looks as though Boudreau’s job is safe, as GM Bob Murray finished his review of the coaching staff and has decided the only change needed is at the assistant post.

Anaheim and Murray announced Tuesday that assistant coach Brad Lauer, who has been with the team since July 2012, will not return to the Ducks next season following Murray’s, “complete review of player, staff and coach evaluations.”

“We’ve spent the last week evaluating everything from top to bottom, including all player and staff performance,” Murray said in a release. “This process is something I believe is essential each and every year, no matter the results of the season. We’ve decided to refocus and change the responsibilities of one of the assistant coach positions. We want to thank Brad Lauer for his hard work and dedication, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.” Read more

Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin: friends to foes and back again

Noah Hanifin (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

BUFFALO – Because Jack Eichel went the college route and Connor McDavid played major junior, the rivalry between the top two prospects in the 2015 draft has been a little abstract this season. Sure, the pair met once at the world juniors, but that was it.

Eichel and Noah Hanifin, on the other hand, have a much richer history together – sometimes as teammates and sometimes as arch-rivals.

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Ducks GM Murray says he’s evaluating coaching staff, team

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Bruce Boudreau

It’s no secret that the Anaheim Ducks’ season ended in disappointment. For the third straight year, they dropped a Game 7 at home to get ousted from the post-season, but GM Bob Murray says he’s not going to make any brash decisions.

During Tuesday’s exit interviews, Murray said that he would be evaluating everything about the team going forward. What’s most interesting, though, is that when it comes to coach Bruce Boudreau and his staff, Murray didn’t say for certain that they would be back next season. Read more

Steven Stamkos finally ready to take his place on the big stage

Steven Stamkos  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

TAMPA – You could certainly tell who’s been here before. When the Tampa Bay Lightning knocked off the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, they reacted, well, like a bunch of guys who were thrilled to be going to their first Stanley Cup final. When the Chicago Blackhawks took the Anaheim Ducks out in Game 7 of the western final, they looked as though they had just won a Silver Stick regional playdown.

But Lightning captain Steven Stamkos could be excused for his unbridled exuberance. This moment was seven years in the making for him. The individual accolades and the huge contract have been great, but until now Stamkos has been pining for his moment on the big stage, one that was robbed of him when he broke his leg three months before the Sochi Olympics. Sometimes when Stamkos gets out of bed, a pain shoots through that leg and gives him a reminder of the injury. Not that he needs those to recall how excruciating it was to watch his country win a gold medal, knowing full well he should have been there helping them.

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Rumor Roundup: What happens next for Ducks, Rangers?

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Rick Nash. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

As the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning prepare to meet in the Stanley Cup final, their conference finals opponents must deal with the disappointing end to their respective post-seasons. For the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers, the focus shifts to addressing roster issues for next season.

Following the conference finals, ESPN.com’s Craig Custance offered up some key off-season recommendations for the Ducks. Among them, he suggests the Ducks trade little-used defenseman James Wisniewski. Read more

What changes are coming for the Anaheim Ducks?

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Anaheim Ducks (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

As you may have heard, the Anaheim Ducks dropped a Game 7 at home for the third consecutive season, becoming the first team in league history to drop three straight Game 7s with home ice advantage. But even with the disappointment of yet another early summer, there’s reason for hope in Anaheim.

Though this may have been the Ducks’ best shot in recent years at the Stanley Cup final – they had the Chicago Blackhawks on the ropes heading into Game 6 yet let the series slip away – it’s not likely to be their last. With the current crop of star players mixed with the right type of depth, Anaheim could still stand to be successful in upcoming seasons, but there are a few places their team can improve. Read more