MOST RECENT STORIES

  • Ducks

    Ducks counting on Corey Perry to bounce back

    ANAHEIM >> It is a scene that plays out more than Corey Perry wants to admit. It’s almost like clockwork, if you’re paying attention to the ice surface before the Ducks engage into that evening’s continuous crusade for the puck. One by one, teammates leave until just a handful are left. And then, as those few start to trickle off, Perry takes one of the many pucks left on the ice and carries it with him in a skate around the left faceoff circle. It is a few...

    By Eric Stephens estephens@scng.com @icemancometh on Twitter|

  • Sports

    Kurtis MacDermid hopes to deliver physical play for LA Kings

    Kurtis MacDermid isn’t hard to find. He stands 6-foot-5 — without skates — and looks every bit of his 239 pounds. Physically, that’s not even where it ends for the Kings defenseman. “Fitness-wise, I’m not sure he can improve any more,” Kings coach John Stevens said. “He’s gone off the charts in terms of what he can control to get better.” MacDermid, 23, is hoping his progress is enough to graduate from...

    Clay Fowler
    |

  • Ducks

    Cam Fowler comfortable taking on more leadership responsibilities for Ducks

    ANAHEIM >> It is the first letter of the Latin alphabet and takes residence throughout our lexicon so its importance is inherent. But the capitalized version is rather simplistic on the surface, two slanting lines meeting at an apex and connected by a horizontal line that forms much of its triangular shape. Affix that to a hockey sweater and it takes on a significance that often commands respect, particularly with a team and its locker room. Cam Fowler wore the...

    By Eric Stephens estephens@scng.com @icemancometh on Twitter|

  • Ducks

    Who is one of the surprises of Ducks training camp? That’s (Giovanni) Fiore

    ANAHEIM >> Many have done so but Giovanni Fiore hadn’t and it might have felt as if he possessed the winning lottery ticket. It was Saturday afternoon when Fiore learned that he would play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the Ducks’ Sunday night exhibition against the Vegas Golden Knights, taking passes from them and trying to do what he can to extend a lengthy stay in the team’s training camp. Ryan Getzlaf. Corey Perry. Nearly 600 goals and more...

    By Eric Stephens estephens@scng.com @icemancometh on Twitter|

  • Ducks

    Ducks roster starts to take form at midpoint of training camp

    ANAHEIM >> Even with many more cuts necessary after an 18-player trim Saturday, the Ducks’ expected opening night roster started to take shape at the midpoint of training camp. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle may be putting some forward lines in place. Two were kept together in Saturday’s practice after their 4-2 exhibition win over the Kings, with Rickard Rakell centering wingers Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg and Antoine Vermette between Nick Ritchie and Ondrej...

    By Eric Stephens estephens@scng.com @icemancometh on Twitter|

  • Sports

    Competition to backup Jonathan Quick only getting more interesting

    EL SEGUNDO >> Peter Budaj demonstrated last season how much it pays to be the Kings’ backup goalie. Just over $2 million, in his case. At the ripe age of 35, Budaj earned a two-year contract from the Tampa Bay Lightning this offseason with an annual value of $1.025 million on the strength of his performance filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick last season. Playing behind the Kings defense certainly didn’t hurt his 2.18 goals-against average that...

    Clay Fowler
    |

  • Sports

    Kings goalie depth apparent, despite loss

    ANAHEIM >> If Friday night was any indication, the Kings’ new front office may have transformed at least one weakness into a strength in its first offseason. With their top goalie acquisition in China backing up starter Jonathan Quick, the next two in line took advantage of their first action in the preseason during a 4-2 loss to the Ducks Friday in front of 15,393 at Honda Center. Jack Campbell, a trade acquisition last summer who spent last season in the...

    Clay Fowler
    |

  • Ducks

    Ondrej Kase plans to bring more than energy in second season with Ducks

    ANAHEIM >> Ondrej Kase’s first act with the Ducks was a bit of a revelation. Now comes the all-important follow-up. The second act for a young player after he has made his breakthrough can be just as revelatory. An upward trajectory might be expected but it is never guaranteed. Terms like the “sophomore slump” exist because there is ample proof of it. This is what Kase looks to avoid as he enters his second year, the first where he’ll be a...

    By Eric Stephens estephens@scng.com @icemancometh on Twitter|

  • Ducks

    Dennis Rasmussen looks to be at center of action with Ducks

    ANAHEIM >> With the absence of the injured Ryan Kesler, center might be the most important position the Ducks need to fill to open the season. And Kesler isn’t the only one missing. When the gritty, often-injured Nate Thompson opted to take a two-year, $3.3 million deal with Ottawa as a free agent, the Ducks found themselves looking for more options that could ultimately become their new fourth-line center. At a bargain-rate cost of $725,000 for this season,...

    By Eric Stephens estephens@scng.com @icemancometh on Twitter|

  • Sports

    Kevin Gravel makes Kings roster decisions difficult

    EL SEGUNDO — What does Kevin Gravel admire most about the Kings’ defenseman who comprise one of the NHL’s stingiest units? “Whether they have a good game or a bad game, they move on and forget about it,” he said. “They always keep an even keel.” The current circumstances for this young Kings defenseman are decidedly uneven. A roller coaster of emotions is likely a more apt description for Gravel’s training camp...

    Clay Fowler
    |

The Daily Breeze: BLOGS