Reinforcements have arrived.
Today marked the official return of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who joined their Ducks teammates this afternoon for practice at Honda Center. The tandem recently competed in the World Cup of Hockey Tournament in Toronto and took home the title with a 2-0 series victory over Team Europe last week.
They've been at or near full speed since the beginning of September, so Getzlaf expects their transition to the Ducks to be seamless.
"I have a week to get into the flow of things and get comfortable with this team, and push us where we need to go," Getzlaf said today. "We got to play some high-level talent, and hopefully we can carry that into this locker room and push this team where we need to be. I have to feel the room out now. Us not being here for the systems part of it, we're going to have to learn that stuff. Fortunately, me and Pears have been with Randy [Carlyle] before, so we know what he expects. We'll just have to find a way to fit in the way we want to."
To further integrate them and get the two up to speed, Carlyle said Getzlaf and Perry will play in two of the three remaining preseason games, which continues tomorrow night in Edmonton, though it seems more likely they'll play on Wednesday night in San Jose and again on Sunday against the Sharks at Honda Center.
Perry says he's ready to get right back into game action. "If I don't, it'll be almost two weeks before I play a game," he said. "It's a matter of getting ready again and building the intensity back up. It's about being ready for the first game of the season. We'll get a couple of games under our belt before we get going again."
It's not too often you see a back-to-back that begins in Edmonton and ends in San Jose, but the Ducks will depart for Alberta's capital province tomorrow morning in advance of the game. But Carlyle says the full camp roster won't make the trip to Edmonton. Instead, some of the players scheduled to skate in San Jose will depart for the Bay Area on Wednesday morning.
Max Jones was among four players assigned and/or released from Anaheim's training camp roster today. The 18-year-old will report to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League where he collected 52 points (28g/24) in 63 games as a rookie last season. Jones appeared in one preseason game for the Ducks in the club's preseason debut, finishing with one shot on goal in 9:07 TOI.
David Booth and David Jones were released from their professional tryouts, and Antoine Laganiere was released from his PTO and assigned to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. An updated roster can be found here.