New acquisition Mike Brown might see some penalty-kill shifts, Randy Carlyle said after practice yesterday.
The Ducks will welcome Steve Rucchin to Honda Center before tonight’s game against the Flames to roast Teemu Selanne. Actually, it’s not so much a roast as it is a changing of the guard, a passing of the ceremonial torch from the man who broke the other man’s record for most games played in franchise history. You die-hard Ducks fans who have been there from the beginning might want to check it out.
Sammy Pahlsson, still recovering from a viral infection, was at Ducks’ practice Tuesday but did not skate. “I didn’t do much,” he said.
Players are healthy lineup scratches all the time in the
NHL. Randy Carlyle knows this.
But no sooner had the words “Brendan Morrison”
and “healthy scratch” left my mouth after Tuesday’s practice that Randy Carlyle
interjected, in his typical faux-frustration, “you just want to talk about the
While Jonas Hiller was outplaying Jean-Sebastien Giguere, and the trade deadline was approaching, and the Ducks weren’t winning, and the GM was threatening to tear the roster down and rebuild … Giguere remembered to breathe.
His father, Claude, passed away in December amidst a span in which the goaltender (not coincidentally) won just twice in a span of nine starts. Randy Carlyle informally handed the No. 1 job to Hiller, who played all but 16 minutes in eight consecutive games.
Finally lifted off the bench Thursday in Nashville, Giguere looked solid stopping 30-of-33 shots. The Ducks lost, but Giguere earned another start Saturday in Calgary, which nearly resulted in a shutout.
Maybe the old cliche about “the grass is always greener on the other side” applies to Sheldon Broobank, who wasn’t playing much as the New Jersey Devils’ seventh defenseman. Regardless, when he was traded to the Ducks on Tuesday, he didn’t expect to be greeted by a group of players fighting for their playoff lives.
Randy Carlyle often says he only requires his goaltender to “give us a chance to win.” Tellingly, he went with Jean-Sebastien Giguere in net, giving Jonas Hiller a third day’s rest, and the Ducks’ defense give Giguere a chance to record a shutout.
Drew Miller is going back to the AHL after playing 13 games for the Ducks over the last month-or-so, collecting four assists and accidentally picking Cincinnati to win the Super Bowl. Newly acquired Mike Brown — a more accomplished fighter and a bigger body at 6-feet, 210 pounds — is a more natural fit as an energy-line winger than Miller (6-2, 165), who was leading the Iowa Chops at the time of his recall.