By Adam Brady
With the start of his 11th training camp in Anaheim just days away, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf reflected on the disappointment of last spring, the goings-on over the summer and his outlook on this season. Looking back on what happened in Game 7 against Chicago, how soon were you able to turn the page and look ahead to this season?
The initial reaction is to try and put it away real quick. There’s not a whole lot you can do after that day. Throughout the next week or so, there’s a lot of stuff going on. From there, you want to enjoy your teammates and stuff because you never know what group is going to be back the next year. I think it’s about two weeks in before you actually sit back and think about it, go through a lot of different scenarios on how we could have done better and what we could have done differently. Then you try and build off that and learn from it before you put it away again. Are there regrets when you look back on that series?
You try not to use the word “regret” because it’s a game, and we try and play it hard. There are certain things we could have done differently, but systematically I think we were set up pretty well to beat that team. We had them down, and we had two chances to put them away and didn’t do it. Much like with LA the year before, when you’re playing those good teams, you can’t give them that extra life. I wish that in Game 6 we would have come out and taken more control of the game than we did. How much do you communicate with the other guys during the summer?
With text messaging, it’s more of that once-in-awhile communication. I’m not exactly the single party rock star, so there isn’t a whole lot I have going on that the guys really care about. [Laughs]
How much are you involved in the team’s moves during the offseason from a consulting standpoint?
|"I approach every season the same way. I don’t come here trying to do anything but win. That’s the way I was brought up my whole life. There are some parts of it where the mental part is a little different, but for the most part, we’re coming here to win a Stanley Cup, and that starts in training camp." |
I don’t want to take credit for any of that stuff. [Laughs] But no, Murph and I talk. There’s no doubt about it. We’ve always had a good line of communication, because he needs to know whether I’ve heard things, whether I feel someone will be a good fit in the locker room, those kinds of things. Judging talent and all that stuff is really their department. But we talk about what we need in the locker room, what we were missing last year, that kind of stuff. What is your take on the moves that were made?
I think Murph and his team did great. We needed to get a little more experience, I think. We needed to get a little more speed, and bringing in [Carl] Hagelin definitely does that. I think it was just time to have a little bit of a change. That group played well together, but we need to take that next step and we need to do it now. That was kind of the message over the summer, that we were going to compete for the Stanley Cup again. What else went on for you this summer?
We moved, so that was a big part of our summer. We wanted to get all that stuff situated before the season starts, so we wouldn’t have to worry about it. We went back to Regina to see my grandparents and everybody, see a football game [brother Chris plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League]. We went to a couple weddings, including [Corey] Perry’s wedding in Toronto. That was good. She said yes, so that’s always a good thing. We had a blast though. It was fun seeing everybody, the guys from our team and some of the guys from other teams that I know. I don’t see Perry’s family very often, so that was great too. Is the approach any different to this season than it would be normally?
No, I approach every season the same way. I don’t come here trying to do anything but win. That’s the way I was brought up my whole life. There are some parts of it where the mental part is a little different, but for the most part, we’re coming here to win a Stanley Cup, and that starts in training camp. Then we’ll build throughout the season and try to find out where we are. What are your feelings about your 11th training camp in Anaheim?
Training camp is not my favorite, that’s for sure. It’s fun to get back here and get back involved, doing things again with the group. But camp itself is a bit of a grind. It’s all a part of the process though. What is your impression of this team going into this season?
It’s hard to get an impression at this point since we haven’t all been together much. We’re just trying to build. We’re going to get everybody acclimated right away, get together as a group. This season is going to start really quick, and if you can get out of the gates the way we want to, it makes things a lot easier come February or March. We’ll be ready to go.