Free agency begins July 1, and Ducks general manager Bob Murray figures to be busy. Here’s a list of the Ducks’ unrestricted free agents (those eligible to sign with other teams without the Ducks having the right to match their offers), via the indispensable website generalfanager.com:
Forwards Shawn Horcoff, Jamie McGinn, David Perron, Mike Santorelli, Chris Stewart, defenseman Korbinian Holzer and goaltender Anton Khudobin.
Here are the Ducks’ restricted free agents (those whose rights the Ducks continue to hold):
Forwards Brandon Pirri and Rickard Rakell, defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen and goalie Frederik Andersen.
The Ducks announced a number of injuries and illnesses after Friday’s morning skate at the Honda Center. Here’s the list:
Goalie Frederik Andersen suffered a concussion during a relief appearance during an 8-3 victory Wednesday against the Calgary Flames. He was unavailable to play in Friday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. His layoff is to be determined, but the Ducks recalled Anton Khudobin from San Diego of the AHL.
Left wing David Perron has a separated right shoulder and will be lost to the team for between four to six weeks, an MRI revealed. Perron was hurt during the Ducks’ victory March 20 over the Winnipeg Jets. Perron sat out for the sixth game Friday. He has been able to work out in the gym, but hasn’t resumed skating yet.
Center Rickard Rakell underwent an appendectomy and will be sidelined for up to one week. Chris Wagner was recalled from San Diego to fill his spot. Rakell fell ill and couldn’t play Wednesday. It was later determined that he needed an appendectomy. Ryan Getzlaf had a similar procedure earlier this season.
Defenseman Hampus Lindholm was sent home before the morning skate Friday because he was ill.
The Ducks also were without defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Simon Despres because of upper-body injuries.
Los Angeles News Group colleague Abbey Mastracco breaks down the Ducks’ 4-2 victory Thursday over the Kings, with interviews with Ryan Kesler and Hampus Lindholm of the Ducks and the ever-quotable Darryl Sutter of the Kings.
Key play: Ryan Garbutt’s first goal with the Ducks after a trade Jan. 21 from Chicago proved to be the winner in a 3-2 victory Tuesday over the San Jose Sharks at the Honda Center. Garbutt slammed home a rebound of teammate Chris Stewart’s shot at 12:07 of the second period and the Ducks went on to take their fourth consecutive victory and move into third place in the Pacific Division.
Quote, unquote: “It feels good. You always feel like you’re a part of the team after you score a goal like that,” Garbutt said after scoring his third goal of the season. “It turned out to be the game-winner. I couldn’t have asked for a better start.”
Pivotal performer: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf set up defenseman Hampus Lindholm for a shorthanded goal in the second period with an alert pass from behind the Sharks’ net. Getzlaf won control of the puck and then waited for Lindholm to move into striking position before feeding him.
Welcome back: Defenseman Cam Fowler returned to the Ducks’ lineup after sitting out for 13 games because of a sprained right knee. He began Tuesday’s game paired with Kevin Bieksa rather than Simon Despres, who played alongside Sami Vatanen. Fowler played 20:16 in his first game since Dec. 27.
Between the pipes: Frederik Andersen started in goal for the Ducks and made 30 saves after coach Bruce Boudreau decided to give John Gibson an extra day of rest after returning Monday from the All-Star Game on Sunday. Martin Jones made his 41st appearance of the season for the Sharks. Jones had 22 saves.