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Time is now for Getzlaf as Ducks' new captain

Ryan Getzlaf didn’t need to have the captain’s C sewn on his uniform to be considered a leader on the Ducks.
His voice has been audible for a while in their locker room and he wore the “A” of an alternate captain last season. But with the retirement of future Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Niedermayer, the moment was right for the de facto leader of the next generation to become the official leader.
Getzlaf on Sunday became the eighth player to be chosen captain in the Ducks’ history — Niedermayer had two separate stints — as the result of a vote by players. The 25-year-old native of Regina, Canada, beat out Saku Koivu, who served nine seasons as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, and Teemu Selanne, another certain Hall of Fame pick. They will serve as alternates, with Todd Marchant and Corey Perry designated to act as alternates when necessary.
Being chosen a team captain is a huge honor in any sport but is especially coveted in hockey, which values the team over the individual. Getzlaf said Sunday he welcomes the honor but knows he’s not the only leader in a room that houses Koivu, Selanne and other veterans.
“We’ve got enough leaders here that things are easy,” he said.
Selanne said he expects Getzlaf to be a different captain than the soft-spoken Niedermayer.
“They’re two different personalities. Getzy’s going to be way more vocal than Scotty,” Selanne said. “Scotty was leading by example, by doing all the right things all the time. Everybody’s different but to be captain that’s a sign that your teammates respect you so much. It was a tight vote and that’s how it should be.”
Getzlaf, who led the Ducks in preseason scoring with two goals and nine points in five games, said he feels no need to change his personality.
 “You don’t become the captain and then change what you’re doing. It’s like become the president and change everything that you campaigned about,” he said. “It’s a thing you grow into and I was lucky enough to be honored with it today.”
The timing was right, Selanne said, because the Ducks have increasingly turned to younger players to fill key roles.
“Obviously Saku doesn’t need the C and we have good leaders here. You don’t necessarily need a letter to be that kind of guy,” Selanne said. “It’s a good challenge for Getzy and obviously he has seen good leaders around him before. He’s going to do a great job, I know.
“Getzy has all the tools to fill the spot perfectly. I know that he’s going to take even more responsibility. We do our jobs around him and support Getzy. It’s his time.”
Getzlaf said he’s ready to lead the Ducks through what looms as an uncertain season, one that will test their defense and resolve.
“I don’t think it raises expectations,” said Getzlaf, a key member of Canada’s Olympic champion hockey team at the Vancouver Games. “It comes with a certain responsibility. I’m willing to accept that and look forward to it. I’m up for that challenge and that leadership group that we’re in right now.”

-- Helene Elliott
 

Teemu Selanne confirms he is returning to Ducks in one-year-deal

Teemu Selanne confirmed on the Ducks website this morning that he is indeed returning to the team this coming season.

Fabforum He is expected to sign a contract today for $3.25 million plus bonuses for one season, according to a source close to the negotiations who does not yet have permission to talk about the details publicly.

Selanne, who turned 40 on July 3, is coming off a season in which he had 27 goals and 21 assists despite multiple injuries, including a broken jaw and a broken left hand. Although those injuries limited him to 54 games, he was able to collect his 600th goal, becoming only the third European-born player to do so, and the 18th player in the NHL to hit that mark.He finished the season with 606.

On Friday, he was quoted in a Finnish magazine that he was close to signing a deal with Anaheim.

We'll have all the details later on latimes.com/sports.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Teemu Selanne. Credit: Alex Gallardo, AP.


Teemu Selanne may be close to re-signing with the Ducks

Selanne_300 Teemu Selanne, who has 606 career goals, is quoted in the Finnish magazine Sports Journal that he wants to play another year and is close to re-signing with the Ducks.

The Times' Chris Foster reports that Selanne is close to a final decision, quoting Ducks spokesman Alex Gilchrist.

Selanne turned 40 on July 3 but is coming off a season in which he still had 27 goals and 21 assists despite multiple injuries, including a broken jaw and a broken left hand. While those injuries limited him to 54 games, he was able to collect his 600th goal, becoming only the third European-born player to do so, and the 18th player in the NHL to hit that mark.

"I made the decision to continue my career," he told the magazine. "In fact, it has been clear for a long time. Negotiations are now ready to begin."

Selanne, who usually spends his off-season in his native Finland, also said he had contacted former teammate Paul Kariya about playing together again in Anaheim. Kariya and Selanne were a high-scoring duo with the Ducks from late in the 1995-96 season until 2001.

Stay tuned.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Teemu Selanne. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Saku Koivu says he chose Ducks over other teams' offers

Some Ducks notes while waiting through the Kings' silence on the state of their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk:

Ducks-logo Center Saku Koivu, who tested the free-agent market but decided to stay in Anaheim and agreed to a two-year, $5-million contract Thursday afternoon, said by phone from Finland Friday that he got "some" offers from other teams but nothing good enough to persuade him to move. He wouldn't identify the teams that had contacted him.

"The package and everything that Anaheim had to offer was by far the best," said Koivu, who struggled during the first half of the season but hit his stride later to finish with 19 goals and 52 points in 71 games.

"Financially, it wasn't the best offer, but for us, it was the best fit."

He also said he had spoken at least once a day during the last week or so with fellow Finn Teemu Selanne and said Selanne "was happy" to hear Koivu had re-signed with the Ducks. As for Selanne's NHL future, Koivu said he had little certainty but a lot of hope that Selanne, who turns 40 on Saturday, will return for at least one more season.

Koivu said that the Ducks' signing of another Finn, defenseman Toni Lydman, couldn't hurt. "I hope it has a positive effect and we'll see him back," Koivu said. "All I know is if we get Teemu back it's going to make the team stronger."

The Ducks' first-round picks in last weekend's NHL entry draft, Long Beach native Emerson Etem and promising defenseman Cam Fowler, are scheduled to participate in the team's prospect summer conditioning camp starting Monday at Anaheim Ice.

A total of 31 prospects are due to take part in on-ice and off-ice workouts. The three open scrimmages, to be held on Tuesday, Thursday and July 10 at 6 p.m., are open to the public.

Here's a list of the prospects scheduled to attend the conditioning camp:   

Player        Position    How Acquired

Bonino, Nick     C        From San Jose

Bordson, Rob    LW    Signed as free agent

Brittain, Josh     RW     2008 Entry Draft

Clark, Mat          D    2009  Entry Draft

Cousineau, Marco  G    2008 Entry Draft

Da Costa, Stephane   C   Free agent

Deschamps, Nicolas   C   2008 Entry Draft

Etem, Emerson     RW    2010 Entry Draft

Fowler, Cam D    2010 Entry Draft

Gardiner, Jake     D    2008 Entry Draft

Heed, Tim     D    2010 Entry Draft

Hegarty, Ryan D    2008 Entry Draft

Holland, Peter C    2009 Entry Draft

Lebler, Brian   RW  Signed as free agent

Lind, Kevin     D    2010 Entry Draft

Macenauer, Maxime   C    2007 Entry Draft

McCue, Matt     LW    Signed as free agent

McMillan, Brandon   C    2008 Entry Draft   

Mitera, Mark     D    2006 Entry Draft

Newton, Jake     D    Signed as free agent

Palmieri, Kyle    RW    2009 Entry Draft

Perlini, Brett     RW    2010 Entry Draft

Pielmeier, Timo   G    From San Jose

Schultz, Justin   D    2008 Entry Draft

Sexton, Dan     RW    Signed as free agent

Sharp, MacGregor    C    Signed as free agent

Smith-Pelly, Devante   RW    2010 Entry Draft

Stephens, Evan     D    Free agent

Vaive, Justin LW    2007 Entry Draft

Valentine, Scott    D    2009 Entry Draft

Wagner, Chris    RW    2010 Entry Draft

-- Helene Elliott

   

Ducks happy to grab Toni Lydman, re-sign Saku Koivu ... but stalled on Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray, speaking on a conference call with reporters, said he had hoped to wait before signing free agent Toni Lydman on Thursday but saw the market for defensemen escalating and decided to lock up the former Buffalo Sabres defenseman for three years at $3 million a year.

"I saw where the numbers were going and I said if we're going to get a quality defenseman like Toni, we'd better go now," he said.

The Finnish defenseman, who was offered only two years by the Sabres, is "a three-four defenseman that eats up minutes ... [and] does everything well. He's a real solid, two-way defenseman, which we needed desperately," Murray said.

He said he thought he had lost Saku Koivu to another team because centers were a rare and precious commodity on the free-agent market, but the team reached agreement on a two-year deal at $2.5 million per year.

He wasn't as lucky dealing with restricted free agent winter Bobby Ryan. Murray said he raised his offer to $5 million a year for five years after Ryan had rejected a shorter and less lucrative deal, but Ryan didn't bite. Ryan's production -- 66 goals and 121 points in 145 games over the past two seasons -- merits big numbers, but Murray can't pay him more than the more experienced Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who will each earn $5.325 million next season.

"Basically the situation is nowhere," Murray said, adding that he's "done for a while" in negotiating with Ryan.

Other teams can sign Ryan to an offer sheet and the Ducks would have the right to match it, but that generally is frowned upon because it drives salaries up.

Murray said he expects to go to salary arbitration with defenseman James Wisniewski, also a restricted free agent.

The logical question after the Ducks re-signed Koivu was whether that will sway right wing Teemu Selanne into returning, but Selanne apparently is still contemplating whether to retire. Murray said he would like to get something firm from Selanne soon and might call him Friday.

"We're going to see what Teemu does and if the numbers come into line a little better, get another defenseman," Murray said.

More later....

-- Helene Elliott

Ducks re-sign Saku Koivu for $5 million over two years

Center Saku Koivu has agreed to return to the Ducks for two years and $5 million. Can Teemu Selanne be far behind?

We'll try and get an answer to that question a little later, when General Manager Bob Murray speaks to reporters on a conference call, but this much we know: Koivu is in the fold.

The 35-year-old Finn, who left Montreal to sign a one-year deal with the Ducks last summer, had 19 goals and 52 points in 71 games last season and had a team-leading plus-14 rating. He also won a bronze medal with Finland's Olympic team, his fourth Olympic medal. He had two other bronze medals and a silver medal.

The Ducks' other free-agent addition Thursday was another Finn, defenseman Toni Lydman ... but there's room for Selanne, too.

More later at www.latimes.com/sports

-- Helene Elliott

Ducks agree with defenseman Toni Lydman on three-year, $9-million deal

Defenseman Toni Lydman, who has spent the last five seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, has agreed to a three-year, $9-million contract with the defense-challenged Ducks. They haven't confirmed it yet but are expected to announce it soon.

Lydman, who will be 33 in September, is a two-time Finnish Olympian who won a silver medal in 2006 and bronze in February at Vancouver. Among his teammates were  Ducks forwards Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, who became unrestricted free agents Thursday.

Are the Ducks hoping that having Lydman on the team will help persuade Selanne and Koivu to return?

Lydman is a defense-oriented defenseman, steady but not spectacular. That would still be an upgrade for the Ducks, who were thin on defense last season and lost Scott Niedermayer to retirement.

Lydman had four goals and 20 points last season and for his 660-game NHL career has 33 goals and 198 points to go with 451 penalty minutes.

More later...

-- Helene Elliott

Teemu Selanne nominated for Masterton Trophy

Tee_240 The Anaheim chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Assn. has nominated Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy is presented annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner will be selected at the end of the regular season by the 30 chapters of the PHWA.

“Teemu’s dedication to the game and efforts both on and off the ice make him a top candidate for the Bill Masterton Trophy,” Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray said in a statement released by the club. “Congratulations to Teemu for this well-deserved nomination.”


Selanne, 39, has been limited by injuries to 53 games this season. He has 26 goals and 47 points with a plus-3 rating and 16 penalty minutes. On March 21 he became the 18th player in NHL history to score 600 goals and surpassed childhood idol Jari Kurri for possession of 17th on the all-time goals list with his 602nd and 603rd goals on April 2.

Selanne became one of only three Europeans to score 600 goals and one of only seven right wingers to accomplish the feat. His two power-play goals on April 2 were the 217th and 218th of his career, moving him past Mike Gartner to rank ninth in career power-play goals. A recipient of the 2006  Masterton Trophy, Selanne has rebounded from several injuries this season, including fractures of his hand (15 games) and jaw (eight games).

In 1,185 career NHL games, Selanne has scored 605 goals and 1,259 points, ranking 35th in points, 56th in assists and ninth in power-play goals (219).

With 378 goals and 790 points in 697 games in an Anaheim uniform (1996-2001 and 2005-10), Selanne is the Ducks’ franchise leader in goals, assists, points, power-play goals (146), power-play points (332), game-winning goals (65), plus/minus (plus-117) and games played. He won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 in his 14th NHL season. He has won three Olympic medals (bronze in 1998, silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010) and is the all-time Olympic men’s hockey scorer with 20 goals and 37 points in 31 career games.

Selanne is an active member of the Ducks’ community-relations efforts. In addition to visiting  Children’s Hospital of Orange County on numerous occasions each season he is involved with a variety of Southern California charities.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles chapter of the PHWA selected Brad Richardson as its Masterton nominee.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo:  Teemu Selanne. Credit: David Zalubowski / Associated Press.

Ducks are done and the Kings have some work to do

A few leftover thoughts from the Kings’ 5-4 shootout victory over the Ducks Tuesday at the Honda Center:

The Ducks had been officially eliminated from playoff contention a few minutes before their game ended in Anaheim, when Colorado beat Vancouver in a shootout.

Colorado’s victory also eliminated Calgary: the Avalanche and Flames can finish tied in points but Calgary can’t equal Colorado’s 43 wins and wins is the first tiebreaker. So the West entrants are set though the placements aren’t.

The Ducks’ poor start this season and their 0-4-1 slump after the Olympic break did them in and ended a streak of four consecutive playoff appearances that included a Stanley Cup championship in 2007. They went through a lot of changes this season and took a huge step back on defense — yet they were only two points out entering the Olympic hiatus.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’ll analyze the season in segments. I can tell you right now that the first two segments of the first 20 games is really what you look back on and a huge part of the reason we’re in the position we’re in.

“Coming out of the Olympic break we didn’t give ourselves a chance. Those are things that come back and stick in your mind. We’ll deal with it and move forward.”

They’ll have a lot to deal with, including whether free agents Teemu Selanne, 39, and Scott Niedermayer, 36, will return next season. Selanne has seemed only to get stronger as the season progressed: He has five goals in his last four games and by scoring twice Tuesday recorded his 13th season of 25 of more goals. His 26 goals in 53 games projects to a 40-goal pace over 82 games, a mark he won’t reach because of a freaky assortment of injuries he suffered this season.

Those injuries don’t compare with the hurt the Ducks are feeling now.

“We missed the playoffs. It’s not good and not fun,” winger Corey Perry said. “You play this game to win championships and this year we don’t get to be a part of that process.”

Niedermayer said Tuesday’s game “was very similar to many that we played this year. It was disappointing to let it get away. It’s been a tough year. We’re disappointed that we’re in this situation. We’re not happy at all.”

The Kings will get to participate in the postseason tournament but their chances of getting anywhere seem smaller with each goal that gets past Jonathan Quick.

On Tuesday he struck out on his sixth try at his 40th win. Since his last win, against Colorado on March 22, he has lost three games in regulation, one in a shootout and has been yanked twice, getting no decision on those occasions.

In those six games he has given up 17 goals on 128 shots, a .867 save percentage.

Gulp.

It figures. The Kings had finally seemed to have solved their age-old goal-tending problem but it reared its ugly head again. Quick got them this far and Coach Terry Murray indicated he will go back to Quick for the Kings’ next game, against Phoenix on Thursday at Staples Center, but do you feel confident starting him in the first playoff game?

And do you really feel confident with Randy Jones’ matador defense? Not that the Kings’ immediate alternatives are much better. Davis Drewiske hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury and Peter Harrold is too small to play the “heavy” game that Murray likes.

The Kings have three more chances to get their goal-tending and overall game in order. They can still finish fourth, if they win all of their games and the Coyotes lose all three of theirs.

One more Ducks note: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky sustained an apparently significant hand injury late in the game and will undergo tests to determine the extent of the damage.

-- Helene Elliott
 

George Parros: It's an honor to be on the same team with Teemu Selanne

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This last week or so has certainly proved eventful. In my last entry, I implored everyone to jump on our bandwagon and help steer it toward a playoff spot. I suppose I should have never mentioned playoffs because as hockey players, we are by nature superstitious and I may very well have jinxed us.
 
This is a very difficult pill to swallow. We are never going to give up but we know the odds are against us. There is nothing more miserable than failing to qualify for a playoff spot because there is nothing better in sports than NHL playoff hockey.
 
The bright side to our current situation is being able to play with a living legend as he attempts to make history. On March 21 against his old team (Colorado), Teemu Selanne scored his 600th NHL goal, making him only the 18th player in history to reach that milestone. He is now two goals away from passing his good buddy and fellow countryman Jari Kurri.
 
It was really cool to be a part of that game and take the ice with him in celebration. He is one of the classiest guys that I have ever played with. It was very reminiscent of a game I played in a few years ago when I wore the purple and black and got to celebrate Luc Robitaille's record-setting franchise goal. There are a lot of similarities between these two legends. They are two of the nicest and most positive guys that I have met. After the game against Colorado, we gave him a big ovation in the locker room and showed our respect for one of the true greats. These are the days that make this job one of the most rewarding jobs out there.

The Times is pleased to have Ducks enforcer George Parros blogging for us on the ups and downs of the NHL season.

Photo: Teemu Selanne of the Ducks poses with the puck and teammates who assisted his 600th career goal, Scott Niedermayer, left, and Corey Perry, that he made during the game against the Colorado Avalanche on March 21. Credit:  Debora Robinson/Getty Images. 

 
 

 

Teemu Selanne is considering retirement again -- or maybe not

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The Ducks' Teemu Selanne says he's still debating whether this will be his final year in the NHL, partly because he knows he can still play at almost 40.

"That's why I'm still here. I'm healthy. I feel good, and I'm just having so much fun," Selanne said after practice Sunday. "I can have passion for the game. I know I can play and compete with guys."

Selanne says some days he tells himself, "That's it. It's too hard to get ready and prepare. Next day, I feel, 'Why I should retire? This is so much fun.'

"That's why I try not to think about it too much during the season," said the Ducks star, who predicted he would take at least a couple of weeks to make a decision after the end of the season April 11.

The Ducks will honor Selanne's 600th goal with a pre-game ceremony Monday before the Ducks play Dallas. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Honda Center.  Jari Kurri, Selanne's friend and boyhood idol, will be on hand for the tribute.

Kurri has 601 career goals -- a mark Selanne will be trying to match or surpass with Kurri in attendance.

-- Robyn Norwood

Photo: Ducks winger Teemu Selanne is all smiles during a win in which he scored his 600th career goal. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press

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