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The Anaheim Ducks have had a busy offseason and believe they are ready to compete for the Stanley Cup Playoffs after being out of contention for the past four seasons.
On the first day of free agency, the Ducks signed a forward Ryan Strome And 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 great addition from a number of angles.” “From a leadership standpoint, it’s going to be very, very important. He’s obviously a very good player. He’s had a good year scoring goals this year. So I think having a very effective offense and good culture and good leadership in the locker room has been very important for our club and that We talked.”
Strome had an NHL career high of 21 goals last season with the New York Rangers; Vatrano had 32 points (18 goals, 14 assists) in 71 games for the Rangers and Florida Panthers.
“I think we want to try and win some hockey games,” Strome said. “We’ve got some really good seniors and hopefully we can come in here and continue to grow as a team. That seems to be where everything is headed. Little change. [in the past few seasons] Losing Men Who’ve Been Here For Decades (Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Hampus Lindholm). This is not easy to replace, but I think we are trying to do that. “
Getzlaf retired after 17 seasons, including the past 12 as captain.
“Ryan was an incredible captain and an incredible player and an even better person,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “So, it leaves a hole, but Adam Henrik He is a great leader. Troy Terry He is growing into a good leader. Pat added Strome and Vatrano in there. Jacob Silverberg. Derek Grant He is a silent leader. Cam Fowleran incredible leader. Kevin ShattenkirkA great leader. John Gibson. We have a lot of good people. These guys are good guys and that’s where leadership starts, and I think they can fill that gap as a team.”
In addition to Strome and Vatrano, the Ducks signed a defenseman John Klingberg July 29 for a one-year contract
“Well, obviously if you look at their team, I think they have some exciting young players,” Klingberg said. “I think they took a step forward last year. Looking at their team, they had a lot of injuries and COVID issues last year and I think they’re still going to get a lot of points. I’m happy to be able to come out there and try to help the team get better next season.”
Adding those three players to the core that includes the future Trevor Zagras And Terry, and it’s not hard to see why it’s an exciting time in Anaheim. Zegras had 61 points and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy last season as Rookie of the Year. Terry led the Ducks with 37 goals and 67 points. It was the first time Anaheim had a 30-goal, 60-point scorer since 2017-18.
“Of course. [Zegras and Terry] Both had very productive seasons scoring-wise. “I think Troy Terry’s shooting percentage (19.3 percent) was unbelievable,” Eakins said. You want to add to what you accomplished last year.
“…Jakob Silfverberg (blood clot) is back and fully recovered, we hope. Max Jones (Torn hamstring) recovery is possible — he only played two games last year — and we need a big bounce-back year. Max Comtois (16 points in 52 games).
Anaheim finished seventh in the Pacific Division last season, 21 points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card in the Western Conference. The Ducks were 24th in scoring (2.78 goals per game) after finishing last in 2020-21 (2.21), 29th in 2019-20 (2.56) and last in 2018-19 (2.39). But the additions of Strome, Vatrano and Klingberg should help.
“I think you can see all the pieces are there,” Vatrano told the Ducks website July 14. When you add great veteran leadership at a young age and young players who can push the game, this is the sign of a great team…the future is very bright in Anaheim.