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The offseason has arrived for at least seven teams that were not invited to take part in the Qualifying Round that has now started. With that in mind, our Offseason Keys series is underway for the teams that are on the outside looking in. Next up is a look at Anaheim. © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Working on an extension for Getzlaf should be on the Ducks' offseason to-do list.
This season was supposed to be somewhat of a transition year for the Ducks. More roster spots were earmarked for younger players, while Dallas Eakins, their AHL coach, was brought in behind the bench. In that sense, the end result (a sixth place finish in the Pacific Division) wasn’t too surprising. General manager Bob Murray has some work to do to reshape this roster but there are some challenges that lie ahead. Here is a look at what they’ll be looking to accomplish this offseason.
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Add scoring help
Let’s dive right into their biggest problem in recent years. The Ducks simply have a hard time getting pucks in the net. While there’s some hope that youngsters like Troy Terry, Sam Steel, Max Jones and Max Comtois will be able to be reliable producers, they combined for 23 goals in 200 games this season. They have hopes for the recently extended Sonny Milano and in-season pickup Danton Heinen,, but both of them have been hit or miss offensively over their young careers as well. There is some upside out of this group, but none of them are really going to be able to shoulder the load; they’re more complementary players.
The problem for the Ducks is that their veterans can also be placed in that category. Adam Henrique, Rickard Rakell, Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg were their top four scorers this season, but the highest point total out of that group was 43. Granted, the early shutdown makes that number look a little worse than it otherwise would have been, but Henrique didn’t crack the top 100 in points leaguewide. It’s hard to have success when your top players are producing at a second line rate at best.
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Murray needs to be on the lookout for scoring help and could stand to add multiple upgrades to his top six. Unfortunately, accomplishing that feat is going to be quite tricky. The Ducks already have nearly $79M in commitments to 18 players for next season with Corey Perry’s buyout costing them a whopping $6.625M on the books. With a flat $81.5M salary cap, that doesn’t give them much room to work with. Yes, Ryan Kesler’s $6.875M will be heading for LTIR, which gives them some wiggle room, but they’ll be dipping into that simply to fill out their roster let alone add any upgrades. They’re not in as dire straits as some teams are when it comes to the cap, but finding a way to add an impact threat is going to be a challenge, but it’s one that needs to be met.
Getzlaf extension talks
Teams are now allowed to work on extensions for players whose deals are expiring in 2021, and Anaheim has a prominent one of those in Getzlaf. His agent Gerry Johansson acknowledged last month that his focus at this point is working on extensions over deals for players on expiring contracts. With Getzlaf stating before the trade deadline that he had no desire to chase a Stanley Cup elsewhere, this would seem like a perfect opportunity to try to get a new contract done.
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The question will be what the right deal will be. In his prime, Getzlaf was living up to his $8.25M cap hit but his numbers have dipped the past two years. His days of being an ideal No. 1 center are over so a notable dip in pay is forthcoming, one that is exacerbated with the Upper Limit of the salary not expected to move up much over the next few years.
Considering Getzlaf will be 36 when his new deal begins, term will also be a big factor. It’s reasonable to think that he’ll want this to be his last contract, so he’ll be looking for a multiyear pact. Deals for players over 35 years old carry some extra risk (unless they’re structured equally in terms of salary each year, a new CBA wrinkle), so that’s something that the Ducks will be keeping in the back of their mind as well.
Getting a deal with their captain done sooner than later would also give them some more certainty when it comes to their future spending and remove any possible distraction around Getzlaf getting asked about the possibility of moving on. It certainly appears as if there’s going to be mutual interest in getting something done, so with there being another three months before they’ll have a shot at game action again, this seems like a good time to try to hammer out a deal.
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Find a backup goalie
Regardless of what they try to do to upgrade up front, Murray will have to leave some money set aside for a backup goalie, as veteran Ryan Miller is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in October. At the age of 40, it’s far from a guarantee that he’ll want to return, and with the year he had (his .907 save percentage was the lowest of his career over a full season) the Ducks may want to turn their focus elsewhere. Internally, Anthony Stolarz is an option, but he is probably best served as a third-string option at this stage of his career.
There’s also the Seattle expansion consideration. Right now, the only goalie under contract who is eligible for exposure is John Gibson, and it’s safe to say that they’re going to want to protect him.
Accordingly, they may be among the teams that look to sign a goalie to a two-year (or longer) deal in order to satisfy the mandatory exposure requirement, which likely takes Miller out of consideration. That’s not a great market to be in, however, as quite a few teams are in that situation. It stands to reason that Anaheim won’t want to spend much money on a No. 2 option given that Gibson is its surefire starter and that its cap space is limited. After having Gibson and Miller as a tandem for the last three years, a change to that is probably on the horizon.
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The most intimidating player for every NHL team
What makes an NHL player intimidating? Is it physical play? Fighting? Size? A skill that is so good that even when you know it is coming you still cannot stop it? Pure domination? It can be any of those attributes but is probably a healthy combination of all of the above. We take all of that into consideration here as we look at the most intimidating player for every NHL team.
Anaheim Ducks: John Gibson
Gibson is a top-shelf goalie in the NHL and one who can steal any game on any night. That alone makes him intimidating in the Ducks' goal crease. He also has a bit of a temper and protects his area as viciously as any goalie in the league.
Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
The Coyotes don't really have anyone who fits any true definition of "intimidating" at this point. Taylor Hall and Phil Kessel are big name offensive players, but Kessel has rapidly regressed and Hall isn't quite at the MVP level he was a couple of years ago. Neither one is putting the fear of God into opposing teams at this point. They also have no overly physical players or heavyweights. But they do have one of the league's best all-around defenseman in Ekman-Larsson, who blends goal-scoring and top-pairing defense play into a complete package on their blue line.
Buffalo Sabres: Wayne Simmonds
A late edition to the roster at the trade deadline, Simmonds going to the Sabres raised some eyebrows, as they were acquiring a rental player when the playoffs were an extreme long shot. But they wanted to give their players a sense of playing meaningful games while also adding toughness. Few players in the league are tougher than Simmonds. He doesn't drop the gloves a ton, but when he does, look out, because there are few players in the league who can take him. He may not be the impact player he was earlier in his career with the Flyers, but he can still inflict some pain on people.
Calgary Flames: Matthew Tkachuk
Unless you play for the Calgary Flames or are a fan of the Calgary Flames there is a close to 100 percent chance that you loathe this guy. He is going to play a chippy game, he is going to rattle a few cages, he is going to be a pest, and when he is not doing that he is going to beat you on the scoreboard because he is a bona fide first-line NHL talent. He is the Western Conference version of Brad Marchand.
Carolina Hurricanes: Andrei Svechnikov
There needs to be a little projection and a little imagination with this one, but Svechnikov is quickly blossoming into a superstar and has a chance to be a special player in the NHL. He already kind of is. He still has not turned 20 years old, can score from literally anywhere in the offensive zone (he has two lacrosse-style goals this year) and is an advanced player defensively for his age. With all apologies to Sebastian Aho, Dougie Hamilton, Teuvo Teravainen, and Jaccob Slavin, this is the guy who is going to be the Hurricanes' best player for the long haul.
Chicago Blackhawks: Duncan Keith
You could argue that Patrick Kane would take this spot because of his offensive ability, but I always thought Keith was the underrated superstar and more important core piece of the Blackhawks dynasty. Given his workload, fantastic all-around play and extensive trophy case (multiple Norris Trophies, multiple Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy), he has a Hall of Fame resume at one of the league's most important positions — with a lot of those peak years coming on one of the league's best teams.
Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon
The No. 1 overall pick in 2013, MacKinnon took a few years to become a true impact player. Once he did, he became one of the league's most unstoppable forces. You can count the number of players in the league who are faster than him on one hand (and still have fingers left over) while he has become a yearly MVP front-runner. He is the type of player you are immediately aware of every time he steps on the ice.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Seth Jones
When Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky left as free agents this past summer, it made Jones the new face of the franchise in Columbus. It is a title he is more than worthy of carrying. It seems like he has been around forever (already in his seventh NHL season) but he is still only 25 years old and seems to get better every year. There is no aspect of the game he does not excel in. Defenders like him are hard to come by and when he is on his game he can take over from the back end.
Detroit Red Wings: Anthony Mantha
Because he is stuck on a rebuilding team that was on track for one of the worst seasons in NHL history, it is easy to overlook Mantha. But you shouldn't. He is an absolutely tank of a human being (6-foot-5, 234 pounds) with skill on top of that. The only thing that has held him back the past couple of years is injury. When he is healthy, he is a 30-goal scorer and a legit top-line power forward.
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid
McDavid is, quite simply, a monster of a hockey player. His vision, playmaking and goal-scoring make him an absolute force offensively, but by far his most intimidating attribute is his blinding speed. There is not a player in the league who can explode through the neutral zone with the puck the way McDavid can, and at least one time per game he is going to make NHL players look like they are skating in slow motion.
Florida Panthers: Aleksander Barkov
There is nothing about Barkov that is not great for the Panthers. He is their most talented overall player, he is dominant offensively, is a fantastic defensive player who never takes penalties despite drawing the toughest assignments, and at 6-foot-3, 215 points he is huge physically. As an added bonus, he is a steal against the salary cap. His overall talent and two-way play makes him the one player on the Panthers you never want to see on the ice.
Los Angeles Kings: Jonathan Quick
Quick may not be one of the league's top goalies anymore, but he is the modern-day Ron Hextall or Billy Smith in the sense that he is not going to take any nonsense from anyone. He will fight back, he will hit you and he will be in your face. It is a minor miracle he has not been involved in more goalie fights given how intense of a competitor he is.
Minnesota Wild: Marcus Foligno
Listed at 6-foot-3 and close to 230 pounds, Foligno is one of the Wild's biggest players and is by far their most physical. If he is on the ice, you are probably going to get hit by him at some point. But he is not just some random body out there throwing checks for the sake of hitting people. He is also a strong defensive player and can chip in enough offense to be an outstanding depth player.
Nashville Predators: Roman Josi
One of the league's best overall defenseman, Josi is everything you want in a top-pairing blue-liner. He will play physical, he can score, he can defend and he is always going to be on the ice. The Predators have been a factory for top defensemen over the past 15 years, and Josi is one of their best homegrown players.
New Jersey Devils: Miles Wood
With Taylor Hall, Blake Coleman and Wayne Simmonds all traded away, there are not a lot options left in New Jersey for this category. But Wood is a solid choice given his combination of size, speed and physical play to go with with the fact he can also be a 15-20 goal scorer in the league. He is also a willing fighter who has been involved in some pretty intense scraps during his brief career.
New York Islanders: Anders Lee
He may not be the Islanders' best player, or even their most physical, but he is an ideal combination of talent and physicality to be the perfect net-front presence. He will take a beating around the goal crease and is going to cause havoc for opposing goalies every night.
New York Rangers: Artemi Panarin
Panarin has proved to be worth every penny the Rangers paid him in free agency. What makes him so intimidating? Simply put, he is one of the biggest game-changing players in the league and is almost single-handedly keeping the team in the playoff race this season. He will be the key piece of this rebuild.
Ottawa Senators: Brady Tkachuk
He might be more of a pest than intimidating, but there is an argument to be made that he is both. He will do everything he can to get under your skin while also play a top-line level. He and his brother (Matthew in Calgary) are going to be tormenting teams around the league for years to come.
Philadelphia Flyers: Sean Couturier
The days of the "Broad Street Bullies" are long gone. Intimidating in Philadelphia right now is about just being darn good at what you do. When Couturier first entered the league, he was known for his defensive play as a shutdown center. He still is that and is actually one of the best in the league as a defensive forward. But his game has also evolved to include top-line offensive production, making him one of the NHL's fiercest two-way centers.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby
I mean, come on. Who else is it going to be? Crosby is one of the game's legends and still on the (very) short list of the league's best players. He may not be a 120-point player like he was earlier in his career, but he is a force all over the ice and at any moment on any shift he can make the best defenders in the league look ridiculous.
San Jose Sharks: Brent Burns
Burns is a defenseman who scores like a top-line forward and can completely run you over. Then there is the whole appearance element that emerges when he lets the beard and hair grow. How could you NOT be intimidated by him flying at you or winding up to blast a slap shot that no one in the league wants to jump in front of?
St. Louis Blues: Ryan O'Reilly
One of the best two-way players in the league, O'Reilly plays huge minutes — shutdown minutes — against some of the leagues best players, plays them physically and does so without taking penalties. He is the reigning Conn Smythe (playoff MVP) and Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) winner and was the missing piece in the Blues' championship puzzle.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Hedman
Could have gone a lot of different directions here. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are among the league's elite offensively. Once you get through their insane forward and defense depth you have to deal with one of the league's best goalies in Andrei Vasilevskiy. But I went with Hedman because he is the total package as a defenseman with the size, strength, skating and complete all-around game that allows him to excel in all three zones. Truly one of the league's best and complete players.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews
He is already one of the league's most dominant goal scorers and is well on his way to being one of the most prolific goalscorers in Maple Leafs history. The only thing that has stopped him from scoring 40 goals every year of his career is injury. The only thing that can keep him from 50 goals now is the suspension of the NHL season.
Vancouver Canucks: Elias Pettersson
In terms of physical play Pettersson is probably the least intimidating player on this list because, well, that is just simply not his game. If anything he probably takes too much of a beating. But again, intimidating to play against isn't just about physical play. It is also about skill, and Pettersson is capable of making even the NHL's best and toughest players look absolutely helpless when they try to slow him down.
Vegas Golden Knights: Ryan Reaves
There are not many fighters remaining in the NHL these days, but Reaves is at the top of the list. He is not just an enforcer either. He can play a little and has been a big part of the Golden Knights' fourth-line since arriving in Vegas two years ago.
Washington Capitals: Alex Ovechkin
The greatest sign of dominance in sports is when the other team knows exactly what you are going to do, and it still cannot stop you. That is Ovechkin on the Capitals power play when he takes up residence in his offense on the left circle and buries one-timer after one-timer into the back of the net. Oh, and when he is not doing that? He is going to crush you physically.
Winnipeg Jets: Patrik Laine
In previous years this answer would have easily been Dustin Byfuglien, a combination of physical strength and offensive dominance. But with his time with the team all but finished, it shifts over to Laine, the team's most dangerous goalscorer with the most dangerous shot. He is still only 21 years old and is closing in on 150 career goals. When he scores *only* 30 in a season, we view it as a down year.
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Revisiting the biggest storylines from the 2019-20 NHL season
After a four-month hiatus, the 2019-20 NHL season is set to resume for some summer hockey. There will be 24 teams in the playoffs, two hub cities and a lot of uncertainty, but we are still hopeful to see the Stanley Cup awarded this season with the return to play on Aug. 1. To help get you ready, let us take a look back at some of the top storylines from the 2019-20 NHL season.
The NHL goes on pause and needs a new playoff format this season
The NHL has played shortened seasons in recent years, but it was almost always because a lockout delayed the start (1994-95 and 2012-13 seasons). This time it was a global pandemic that halted the season after teams had played between 68 and 72 games. The result of that is a restart (beginning in August) that will see 24 teams in the playoffs and a best-of-five play-in round, with all games played in two hub cities. There will be a lot of questions as to how the league will successfully pull this off.
Akim Aliu speaks out against Bill Peters
In late November, on a random night of regular-season hockey, former NHL forward Akim Aliu revealed to the hockey world that his former AHL coach (and at the time Calgary Flames head coach), Bill Peters, had referred to him as a racial slur on several occasions. Not long after that, another of Peters' former players (Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan) revealed he was the target of physical abuse from the coach. The Flames immediately removed Peters from behind the bench, resulting in him resigning.
David Ayres beats the Toronto Maple Leafs
Forget the 2019-20 season: This might be one of the most improbable NHL stories of the decade. On Feb. 22 the Carolina Hurricanes had to turn to 42-year-old emergency goalie David Ayres — a Zamboni driver by day — to play goalie in their game against the Maple Leafs. With James Reimer and Petr Mrazek both injured during the game, Ayres played the final 28 minutes of the game and stopped eight out of 10 shots to claim his first NHL victory in a 6-3 Hurricanes win.
A draft lottery without a winner ... yet
Before the 2019-20 resumed, the NHL conducted its draft lottery for the 2020 class in early July. The winner? To be determined by a second lottery! Because the NHL typically has 15 teams in its draft lottery, and because only seven teams were not taking part in the restart, they wanted to keep the same lottery odds as previous years, meaning that they had to put eight "placeholder" teams into the lottery. If one of those placeholder spots won, a second lottery would be held involving the losing teams in the play-in round (each having a 12.5 percent chance of winning). That means, in theory, the top overall pick this year could go to a team like Pittsburgh, Toronto, Edmonton, Chicago, Nashville, New York or some other team that would have otherwise had almost no chance of winning.
Another milestone for Alex Ovechkin: 700 goals
The greatest goal scorer to ever play in the NHL (yes, it is true) rocketed up the all-time goal leaderboard this season, climbing to eighth on the all-time list. He scored his 700th career goal and inched closer to Wayne Gretzky's all-time record (894). Had it not been for the season pause he would have moved up a couple of more spots and claimed his ninth 50-goal season. By the end of next season he could find himself as high as fourth on the list. With 48 goals this season he claimed at least a share (he tied David Pastrnak) of the single-season goal scoring crown for the ninth time in his career and the third year in a row.
The collapse of the San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks have been a model of consistency for more than a decade now, always in the playoffs and always in the mix as a Stanley Cup contender. Just last year they were in the Western Conference Final, two games away from what could have been their second Stanley Cup Final appearance in four years. Even with the free agency departures of Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi they were still returning a team that — on paper — should have been a contender. Instead, they ended up being the worst team in the Western Conference and completely fell apart out of nowhere. Goaltending was an issue, they struggled to replace the offense they lost with Pavelski and Donskoi and some young players internally did not take a step forward. Making matters worse, their first round draft pick belonged to the Ottawa Senators as a result of the Erik Karlsson trade. A miserable year across the board.
The Mike Babcock era ends in Toronto
It was something that probably needed to happen. After a string of first round playoff exits and a brutal start to the regular season (where missing the playoffs seemed possible) the Maple Leafs made the decision to part ways with Babcock. It just seemed to be a bad fit as Babcock seemed determine to take one of the most talented rosters in the league and asked the players to try and win every game 1-0. At this point Babcock's reputation exceeds the actual results his teams have achieved for more than a decade. His Toronto tenure ended with the team never getting beyond the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Minnesota makes sweeping changes
In the span of one year, the Minnesota Wild completely overhauled their hockey operations department. Just before the start of the season they fired general manager Paul Fenton after just one year on the job (and after he had already overseen the draft and free agency) and replaced him with Bill Guerin. During the season, they fired coach Bruce Boudreau. A new GM making a coaching change is hardly strange, but what made the Boudreau firing a bit of an eye opener is that he is one of the most successful coaches in the league and it came at a time when the Wild were starting to get on a roll and turn their season around.
Taylor Hall goes to Arizona
With his contract coming to a close at the end of this season, it was a given that the New Jersey Devils had a big decision to make regarding Hall. When the team turned out to be a massive disappointment on the ice, the decision seemed to be an easy one: trade him. What was surprising was the fact it was the Arizona Coyotes that ended up being the landing spot. He will get a chance to play in the postseason with the Coyotes given the modified playoff format for this season, but it remains to be seen what his future holds. This is his last chance at a big pay day in free agency, and after spending almost his entire career on non-playoff teams, the opportunity to find a legitimate contender has to be enticing.
Leon Draisaitl emerges as MVP contender
After years of disappointment, the Edmonton Oilers finally exceeded expectations this season and played their way into a playoff position. Leading that charge was the two-headed monster of Connor McDavid and Draisaitl. Before the season pause, Draisaitl was running away with the scoring title (110 points) and held a 13-point lead over the next closest player. The way he carried his own line (away from McDavid) and carried the offense when McDavid was sidelined due to injury made him one of the top MVP contenders in the league.
The Devils disappointment
The New Jersey Devils were one of the champions of the offseason thanks to their moves to land P.K. Subban, Nikita Gusev, Wayne Simmonds, the No. 1 overall pick (Jack Hughes) and the return of a healthy Taylor Hall. Expectations were through the roof at the start of the season. As it turns out, expectations were a little too high. The team never addressed the goaltending issue, and everything else seemed to fall apart around that as New Jersey was never able to get on the right track. The Devils blew several big leads early in the season got into an early hole they were never able to get out of. The result: a new general manager, a new head coach and Hall being traded to Arizona.
King Henrik's reign comes to an end
Henrik Lundqvist has been the face of the New York Rangers organization for more than a decade. He is one of the best goalies of his era, has constantly elevated the Rangers into a contender and has been a rock in their crease. But his age, combined with the emergence of two young goalies in New York (Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev) helped make him an afterthought toward the end of the 2019-20 season. He rarely played after the new years holiday and was consistently the odd man out in a three-headed goalie rotation. He still has a year left on his contract, but his future is very much in doubt.
Peter Laviolette out in Nashville
The NHL coaching carousel was in full swing this season and it made a stop in Nashville, where the Predators replaced Peter Laviolette with John Hynes. The Predators did not meet expectations this season due to goaltending issues and poor special teams play, and it was Laviolette who ended up paying the price. With steady goaltending, it is still a team that could make some noise in the playoffs.
Columbus doesn't fade away
After the free agency departures of Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky and Matt Duchene there was an expectation that the Columbus Blue Jackets were going to be in for a brutal season — especially with no clear cut solution in net. Then once the season started they were absolutely hammered by injuries all year. None of that prevented them from falling out of the playoff race, and thanks to some surprisingly great goaltending from the duo of Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins, they remained in the playoff hunt right up until the season went on pause.
Another collapse in Buffalo leads to more changes
The Sabres need a rebuild from their rebuild. Despite having one of the league's best players in Jack Eichel, the Sabres have completely failed to build anything resembling a contending roster around him and remain one of the Eastern Conference's bottom feeders. What makes the 2019-20 season so disappointing is that even after winning nine of their first 12 games, and even with a 24-team playoff format, they were still not good enough to snap their now nine-year postseason drought. It all resulted in the firing of general manager Jason Botterill. The general manager keeps changing. The coaches keep changing. The only thing that remains the same is the ownership. Might be time to look there.
It is a great time to be a Bruins fan. After coming within just a single game of winning the Stanley Cup a year ago, the Bruins came back this season even stronger and completely dominated the NHL regular season, running away with the Eastern Conference and Presidents' Trophy races. They compiled a 44-14-12 record in 70 games, boasted one of the league's most dominant lines (David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron) and continued to have one of the best goaltending situations in the league with Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak.
Calder Trophy race
It turned out to be the year of the defensemen in the Calder Trophy race, as Colorado's Cale Makar, Vancouver's Quinn Hughes, New York's Adam Fox and Pittsburgh's John Marino all excelled this season. Makar and Hughes are the two clear front-runners, and there does not seem to be a right or wrong selection when it comes to the two of them. They have both been impact players and have superstardom in their future. Chicago's Dominik Kubalik is the top rookie forward, but he may not have done enough to top the young blue liners.
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