By Kyle Shohara
|"I think that shows you we're super confident with the group we have. We've got what we need here." -- Sheldon Souray, on a quiet deadline day.
Update: The Ducks have acquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for left wing Brandon McMillan.
Fresh off a four-game road trip, the Ducks were on the ice at Honda Center this morning in preparation for tonight’s rematch with the Dallas Stars. It’s the second of a three-game miniseries with the Stars, which opened in Dallas with a resounding 4-0 victory.
Viktor Fasth was the first goaltender off the ice and is anticipated to start tonight’s game. Fasth is coming off a 26-save shutout over the Stars in Dallas two nights ago.
Rookie Emerson Etem, who played his most physical game of the season in Columbus on March 31, was slotted on the second line with Andrew Cogliano and Teemu Selanne.
David Steckel did not participate in the morning skate due to illness, said head coach Bruce Boudreau.
‘WE’VE GOT WHAT WE NEED HERE’
It’s been a quiet Trade Deadline Day for the Ducks, and defenseman Sheldon Souray said he’s not surprised.
“This is a little unique for me, in the sense that this is probably the first year where guys haven’t really even talked about the deadline, haven’t talked about trades,” Souray said. “I know last year we had a deadline party at my house. We were all just sitting there looking at my TV.”
On a quiet trade deadline day for the Ducks: “I think that just shows you we’re super confident with the group we have. I’m not the GM, but I’d imagine that if there isn’t a significant upgrade up there from what we’ve got, it’s probably just not worth it. We’ve got a good team in here. We believe that we have a team that can be successful in the long run. I’m not surprised at all and not disappointed in it either. We’ve got what we need here.
“When you talk about Cup runs, you’ve got to talk about depth. And we have depth. We have two goalies who are No. 1 goalies. We have seven [defensemen] who can play at any time and we’ve proven that, and are fresh and ready. We have five lines now that can go out and play and not hurt you. We’ve had call-ups throughout the year come in and fill in perfectly. I think we’re in no way feeling like we’re missing something.
“We’ve made a couple good moves. We got [Radek] Dvorak, [David] Steckel, and [Ben] Lovejoy. Those are moves that are going to help us in the long run.”
On the current Ducks roster: “We’re a close-knit group. I like our team. I like the way our guys act around the dressing room. I like the way they’ve rebounded after a bad week. There’s nothing to say we can’t continue being competitive with anybody.”
“I think the biggest move we made all year was the growth of our team, from nobody expecting us to be any good at all to all of a sudden a team that’s starting to believe in themselves. We’ve got good depth and everybody is happy with each other. All of those things are real positive notes. Whatever happens, happens. But we’re happy the way we’re at."
On the emergence of rookie Emerson Etem: “Youthful energy is tremendous especially in the dog days, and the dog days are usually about a week or two before the trading deadline whether it’s a full season or half season as we’re going through now. Emerson, especially the game in Columbus, when he started hitting everybody in the second period, turned the whole game around. Then he scored a goal from that, and I think [Columbus] only had five shots in the last two periods. That’s what you need."
Boudreau: “He’s feeling much better, but we don’t want to rush anything or put any pressure on him. He doesn’t have the numbers people look at as a real important cog to the team, but he’s a real important cog to the team. He plays power play, kills penalties, can be out there in the last minute, he’s got a great set of hands. We’re looking forward to him in probably the next two weeks.
“He’s still not skating. We’re hoping he starts skating next week.”
Perry – Getzlaf – Ryan
Etem – Cogliano – Selanne
Dvorak – Koivu – Winnik
Beleskey – Holland – Palmieri
Souray – Beauchemin
Sbisa – Lovejoy
Allen – Fowler