Ducks make roster moves … a lot of them

The Ducks on Monday trimmed their training camp roster to 34 players.

Defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Vitaly Vishnevski, two former Ducks, were released from their pro tryouts.

Forwards Matt Bailey, Joseph Cramarossa, Nicholas Krediles, Brian McGrattan, Stefan Noesen and Harry Zolnierczyk and defensemen Jaycob Megna, Brandon Montour, Andrew O’Brien, Shane O’Brien and Shea Theodore were assigned to the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.

In addition, forwards Antoine Laganiere, Kyle MacKinnon and Kenny Ryan, defenseman Eric Knodel and goalie Ryan Faragher were released from their pro tryouts and assigned to the Gulls. Forward Bryan Moore was released from his amateur tryout and assigned to the Gulls.

The Ducks also returned forward Julius Nattinen to Barrie of the junior-level OHL. The team released forward Matt Berry from his amateur tryout and released forward Charlie Sarault and defenseman Kevin Gagne from their tryouts, pending assignments.



Game report: Ducks 2, Kings 1

Key play(s): Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen stopped the Kings’ Trevor Lewis from point-blank range twice after the puck landed on Lewis’ stick after taking an odd bounce off the end boards. Andersen’s acrobatic saves preserved a 2-1 lead for the Ducks early in the third period.

Pivotal performer: Patrick Maroon’s deft deflection of a point shot from defenseman Jaycob Megna gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead with six seconds left in the second period. Maroon parked himself in front of the net and made the sort of play the Ducks want to see more of during the regular season.

Between the pipes: Andersen started for the Ducks and Jonathan Quick was in net for the first two periods for the Kings. Andersen made 24 saves. Quick stopped 21 of 23 shots as the Kings trailed the Ducks 2-1 going into the third. Jhonas Enroth replaced Quick for the final period.

Injury update: The Ducks’ Tim Jackman was cut in the face when Jamie McBain high-sticked him while stumbling backward in the first period. Jackman didn’t return to the game. McBain was given a double minor for clipping Jackman.

Up next: The Ducks visit the Sharks on Saturday in San Jose. The Kings face the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday in Denver.

Traffic alert: Ducks-Kings and Angels-M’s both start at 7 p.m.

Don’t say you weren’t warned. Traffic around the Honda Center and the Big A is likely to be horrendous Friday, with the Ducks and Kings facing off on one side of the 57 Freeway at the same 7 p.m. start time as the Angels and Mariners on the other side of the road. Give yourself some extra time arriving and departing. Don’t get Orange Crushed.

Ducks goalie John Gibson talks about his contract extension

Ducks goaltender John Gibson spoke to reporters Monday, after signing a three-year contract extension worth $6.9 million. Here’s some of what he said (per the Associated Press): “I think it shows they want me to be here for a long time, and I was to be here for a while and help the team win.”

Gibson is signed through the 2018-19 season.

Of the possibility of starting the season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL rather than with the Ducks, he said, “I’m just looking forward to playing. Obviously, I want to be here sooner than later, but I can’t really control that. Just going to play and play my best. … I’m sure with every decision they (the Ducks) make, it’s for the betterment of the team, so you’ve got to respect that.

“Wherever I’m at, I’ve just got to do my job. You never know. Something could happen tomorrow and there might be two of us here, or there might be three. You never know. So, I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially with all the injures that happened. … It’s exciting, but now I’ve got training camp and worry about this team first.”

As it stands now, Gibson is fighting to move up to second on the Ducks’ depth chart. Frederik Andersen is No. 1, with the Ducks also having added Russian veteran Anton Khudobin in an off-season trade.





Ducks sign goaltender John Gibson to three-year, $6.9-millon extension

The Ducks signed backup goaltender John Gibson to a three-season contract extension worth an average of $2.3 million per year, another move by general manager Bob Murray designed to avoid salary-cap issues down the road. Starting goalie Frederik Andersen is signed only through the end of the 2015-16 season.

Gibson, 22, was 13-8-0 with one shutout and a 2.60 goals-against average last season. He served as Andersen’s backup in his first full season with the Ducks. Overall, he is 16-8-0 with two shutouts and a 2.45 goals-against average in 26 games in the NHL.

Check back later for updates.

Ducks training camp practice information


The Ducks open training camp Friday at Anaheim Ice.

Here’s more information:

Friday’s practice begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public free of charge. Practices on Saturday, Sunday and Monday also begin at 9 a.m. and are free and open to the public. The roster will be broken into three groups and scrimmages will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday at noon.

Anaheim Ice is located at 300 W. Lincoln, Avenue, Anaheim

There is parking available in two adjacent structures. Remember to take your parking ticket with you and validate it inside the rink.