Day 2: Lines and forward pairs.

The forward lines were rather fluid during today’s scrimmage at Anaheim ICE, although the defense pairs mostly stayed the same (in part because of the injury to Joe DiPenta). Here’s how they were skating during drills:

White Team:

Smith-Pelly – Getzlaf – Palmieri
Blake – Bonino – Perry
Chipchura – Sharp – Voros
Green – Carter – McMillan
Parros, Veilleux

Festerling – Syvret
Fowler – Mikkelson
Mara – Clark


Black Team:

Beleskey – Koivu – Etem
Smith – Holland – Selanne
Deschamps – Ryan – Sexton
Bodie – Macenauer – Bordson

Mitera – Sbisa
Valentine – Brookbank
Visnovsky – DiPenta


Day 1: Lines and forward pairs.

Team A:

Nicolas Deschamps- Bobby Ryan – Dan Sexton
Matt Beleskey – Saku Koivu – Emerson Etem
Jason Jaffray – Peter Holland – Teemu Selanne
Rob Bordson – Maxime Macenauer – Trevor Smith
Todd Marchant – Troy Bodie

Lubomir Visnovsky – Sheldon Brookbank
Jake Newton – Joe DiPenta
Mark Mitera – Luca Sbisa

Jonas Hiller
J.P. Levasseur

Team B:

Kyle Palmieri – Ryan Getzlaf – Devante Smith-Pelly
Jason Blake – Nick Bonino – Corey Perry
Aaron Voros – Kyle Chipchura – MacGregor Sharp
Brandon McMillan – Ryan Carter – Josh Green
Stephane Veilleux – George Parros

Andy Sutton – Cam Fowler
Danny Syvret – Brendan Mikkelson
Brett Festerling – Mat Clark
Paul Mara

Curtis McEhinney
Timo Pielmeier
Igor Bobkov

Beleskey gets two-year contract extension. Update.

Matt Beleskey, who scored 11 goals last season after becoming an NHL regular for the first time in his career, has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension.

Update: Beleskey will earn $666,667 this season, the final year of his entry-level contract, then $1.475 million over the next two seasons: $625,000 in 2011-12 and $850,000 in 2012-13.

The former fourth-round Ducks draft pick (2006) also had seven assists and 18 penalty minutes in 60 games last season. A high-energy player with a dangerous shot, Beleskey became a fixture in the Ducks’ lineup at midseason and finished tied for 10th among NHL rookies in goals scored. He also tied for third among league rookies in game-winning goals (3), seventh in hits (94) and 10th in shots (123). Beleskey finished sixth among team leaders in goal scoring and tied for fourth in game-winners. Some of those numbers were helped by skating at left wing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry – a role Beleskey might be asked to reprise this season if the Ducks shift Bobby Ryan to a second-line center role, which has been discussed.

In 15 American Hockey League (AHL) games with San Antonio and Toronto last season, Beleskey earned 2-5=7 points with a plus-5 rating and 21 PIM.

The 22-year-old forward can rest a bit easier about his future in Anaheim, as he becomes one of just eight players signed through 2013 (Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Lupul, Visnovsky, Lydman and Hiller are the others). He also becomes a front-runner to win a third- or fourth-line left wing spot from a pack that includes Ryan Carter, Aaron Voros and Stephane Veilleux, who was invited to training camp on a pro tryout contract.

Camp: Lydman out (for now); Veilleux and 18 others in. Update.

Defenseman Toni Lydman will miss the start of training camp with an acute episode of double vision. According to the team, he experienced the symptoms last week and has since undergone a battery of tests which have ruled out most major medical concerns but have not identified the problem.

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Ducks 4, Vancouver 2.

The Ducks went out winners at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, B.C., topping the Vancouver Canucks’ rookies 4-2.

After two straight losses in which they were outmuscled for net position and looked lost on special teams, the kids turned it around in a major way. A pair of power-play goals, by Rob Bordson and Cam Fowler, staked the Ducks to a 2-0 lead through two periods.

In the third, Vancouver came back to tie the game at 2 against goaltender Timo Pielmeier, who lost the tournament opener Sunday. But center Maxime Macenauer, who spent all of last season with ECHL affiliate Bakersfield, scored the game-winner with less than three minutes to play. Kyle Palmieri’s empty-net goal provided the final score.

The Ducks led in the shot column, 33-18, and Pielmeier needed only 16 saves for the win. Russian goalie Igor Bobkov was on the bench for the first time in the tournament, but the Ducks’ third-round 2009 draft pick did not appear in the game.

Some of the rookie camp participants will take part in the Ducks’ main camp, which begins Saturday in Anaheim.
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Bobby Ryan agrees to 5-year, $25.5 million deal. Update.

Bobby Ryan has agreed to stay in Anaheim on a 5-year, $25.5 million contract, ending a lengthy summer of negotiations between the Ducks and their leading goal scorer last season.

The contract averages out to a $5.1 million salary-cap hit, just below the $5.325 million cap hit of forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry – exactly what Ryan told the team he wanted earlier this summer. The sticking point was the duration of the contract. The Ducks wanted to keep the 23-year-old under contract beyond 2013, when Getzlaf and Perry were set to become free agents. Ryan was believed to be seeking a shorter-team deal than Anaheim was willing to offer.

The Ducks haven’t officially announced the contract. If it’s approved by the NHL, Ryan will earn $3.25 million in actual salary next season and $5,562,500 each year thereafter. That will make him the team’s second-highest paid player (to Getzlaf) beginning in 2011-12.

Ryan had 35 goals and 64 points last year, his first full season in Anaheim. He had 31 goals and 57 points the year before, when he was assigned to the American Hockey League out of training camp and appeared in 64 NHL games.

According to, the Ducks will have $5,793,750 in salary-cap space once Ryan’s contract is made official.

1:15 p.m.: The Ducks have announced the contract as official. A conference call with Ryan is underway.

Ducks fall 8-4 to Flames’ rookies.

Playing their second game in less than 24 hours, fatigue seemed to catch up to the Ducks’ rookies in an 8-4 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, British Columbia.

Tied at 3 midway through the second period, the Flames rallied for five straight goals against Anaheim goalie Marco Cousineau, who allowed all eight in his first appearance of the tournament. Forward Jon Rheault, who split last season between the AHL and ECHL, had three goals and an assist for Calgary.

John Kurtz, Jake Newton, Devante Smith-Pelly and Jake Carrick scored for the Ducks, who were outshot 41-22. Calgary had four power-play goals to the Ducks’ two. Cam Fowler and Peter Holland had assists on the goals by Kurtz and Newton, respectively.

“Penalty kill is a hard thing. You have to have special people that are
committed to doing it – guys that are committed to blocking shots all
the time,” Mark Holick, coach of the rookie Ducks, told the team’s website. “We didn’t
jump on loose pucks and we didn’t put enough pressure on their power
play. Your goalie is your best penalty killer and I thought maybe a
couple of those he would like back too.”

The Ducks will play their third and final tournament game Wednesday against the host Vancouver Canucks (4 p.m.), a game that will be streamed live on the Ducks’ website.
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Ducks open rookie tourney with 4-1 loss to Sharks.

Nick Bonino scored during a 5-on-3 power play for the Ducks’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks in the opener for both teams in the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, British Columbia.

The Ducks didn’t lack for opportunities against San Jose goalie J.P. Anderson, an undrafted 18-year-old invitee from the Ontario Hockey League. But too often for their liking, Anderson made a great save, or watched the Ducks misfire.

Bonino broke up the shutout by scoring in a scramble in front of the net while the Ducks held their second two-man advantage of the period.

The Sharks scored two of their four goals on the power play. They mostlhy succeeded in creating traffic in front of Timo Pielmeier, a former San Jose prospect who was acquired along with Bonino for Kent Huskins and Travis Moen back in 2009.

The Ducks didn’t create nearly as much traffic in front of Anderson and relied on the breakaway for most of their chances.

The game was streamed live on the Ducks’ website in nearly high-definition quality, and the stream should be available again for tomorrow’s game against the Calgary Flames (4 p.m.) and Wednesday’s game against the host Vancouver Canucks (4 p.m.).
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NHLPA Executive Board recommends Fehr.

The NHLPA announced today that its Executive Board has voted to accept the recommendation of the search committee (Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, the New Jersey Devils’ Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Rolston, the Red Wings’ Brian Rafalski and free-agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider) that Don Fehr be named the next Executive Director.

The recommendation to appoint Fehr will next be submitted to the full NHLPA membership for consideration, along with amendments to the NHLPA Constitution that were approved by the Executive Board earlier this summer. The NHLPA press release didn’t indicate what those amendments contain but, earlier this year, according to

Fehr addressed the [players’] agents to update them on the work he and the members of the constitution committee have done on rewriting the NHLPA’s unwieldy constitution that will make it much easier for the executive director — whether it’s Fehr or somebody else — to actually do his job. When Eric Lindros and his cabal of militants were in charge of things after the firing of Ted Saskin, they essentially swung the pendulum so far in favor of the players it essentially stripped the executive director of his power. And they did it against the advice of many who saw the new setup as unworkable.

How much autonomy can Fehr expect? According to a report in the New York Post, Fehr submitted a laundry list of requests that the NHLPA would first have to agree to before he accepted the Executive Director position:

– Salary of $3M per year to run through completion of collective bargaining after the current CBA expires following the 2011-12 season.

– Salary of $1.5M for the remainder of this year.

– Ability to use his brother, Steve Fehr, currently special counsel to the MLBPA after 23 years as outside counsel to the baseball players’ union, as outside advisor/counsel.

– Autonomy relating to all personnel decisions within the union.

– Ability to live in New York.

– Permission to co-author a book about baseball with his brother, Steve Fehr.

– Permission to open a consulting firm, though with the express stipulation that his first priority at all times will be the NHLPA.

The Executive Director and Constitution membership votes are expected to conclude following individual team meetings that will take place during training camp and the first part of the regular season, and Fehr’s appointment will not become official until that time.

In the interim, Fehr will continue to assist the NHLPA as a consultant.

“I am gratified by the Executive Board’s vote, and I look forward to meeting all the Players at team meetings which begin later this month,” Fehr said in the release.

Fehr, 62, joined the Major League Baseball Players Association as its General Counsel in 1977, and served as the MLBPA Executive Director for 26 years until he stepped down in December, 2009.