Although the morning skate was optional, most of the Ducks were on the ice in preparation for tonight’s contest against the San Jose Sharks. The two teams will close out the season series two days from now in San Jose.
Radek Dvorak, who was signed to a one-year contract yesterday, cleared waivers and was on the ice wearing number 18, though currently non-roster status as he still needs to go through the immigration process. Dvorak arrived in Orange County late last night.
Viktor Fasth was the first goaltender off the ice this morning.
“It’s nice to be back in the NHL. It was tough for me to leave after 17 years in the league, but that’s how it is. That’s life. But it’s nice to be back with a team like Anaheim, one of the best teams in the league. I’m very happy.
“I went over to Switzerland to finish the season there, and deep in my mind, in my soul, I was hoping to come back and it happened. My priority, when I went to Switzerland, was to be there and play my best to help the team win, but we lost in the first round. I was there on my own. My family stayed in Florida so I didn’t see them for seven weeks. I had to go back as soon as possible. As soon as I get back I get a nice call from Anaheim and I couldn’t believe it. It was a nice surprise. I’m very glad everything is over and I can join a team.”
‘HE’S GOING TO BLEND IN PERFECTLY’
Sheldon Souray and Dvorak were teammates on the Dallas Stars last season and Souray had nothing but good things to say about the guy known as “Devo.”
“He’s got a lot of experience. I really enjoyed playing with him last year. He plays really hard and he’s a positive and upbeat guy. So I think with that kind of presence, he’s going to blend in perfectly.
“He’s a good player. I was surprised he didn’t get a contract at the end of [last season] going into this year, because he had a pretty good year in Dallas. He was one of the guys who was really consistent. And again, his attitude was great last year.
“He’s just a really good guy. He plays hard. He’s an honest player. He’s going to be a depth guy where he can fill in anywhere and play well. His attitude and consistency is as good as anybody.
“He’s played a lot of games and has a lot of experience. For the amount of time left in the season and in the playoffs, he’s a perfect guy to have.”
Bruce Boudreau, on Dvorak: “He can still skate, he can still play. He’s a good penalty killer which is something I think we can never have enough of. He’s going to help our team.
“He can play either the right or left side. He’ll play one of them. I don’t know if he’s going to play every game, but, as needed, we’ll see how he’s going. He’s non-rostered right now. We’ll have to get him a couple practices in before he plays. But on a good note, he just finished a seven-game series last weekend so he hasn’t been off skates like forever, so he should be fine.”
TIME TO BOUNCE BACK
With a game tonight, the Ducks can quickly erase the thoughts of last night’s 2-1 loss to Detroit, and Peter Holland says that works in their favor.
“It’s nice to be able to come back the next night after playing a good 40 minutes. Not getting the result you wanted, but being able to rebound the very next day is something that works in our favor.
“The biggest thing is just making sure we’re playing our game. We think if we play our game, we’re a pretty tough team to beat, so we don’t make too many adjustments based on who we’re playing. Just a matter of tightening down on the things that we do well.”
Below are the Ducks who took part in the optional skate