It was the second day of training camp for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
During the scrimmage, the Black squad defeated the White squad by a score of 9-4. Joffrey Lupul and Rob Niedermayer scored twice to pace the Black squad attack. Jonathan Hedstrom, Corey Perry, Petr Sykora, Geoff Peters and Nathan Saunders tallied the other goals. Saunders goal was scored on a penalty shot.
Trevor Gilles, Chris Kunitz, Sergei Fedorov and Dustin Penner scored goals for the White squad.
Following the scrimmage, Ducks right winger Pierre Parenteau was taken for an x-ray of his right forearm. He was injured in a collision during the scrimmage.
Mighty Ducks coach Randy Carlyle had these thoughts about the second day of training camp.
“When you put teams together, you try and develop some chemistry within the team,” said Carlyle. “You can some of those things developing. As far as today is concerned, I thought our effort was better. There were a few more smiles as the tension has been removed. We have more familiarity with people. Those are always good things. I think people are able to perform at a high level because they don’t feel the tension like they did in the first day. “I think you saw the evidence of that in the scrimmage where the team that dominated yesterday, lost today,” added Carlyle.
It was evident that some players were getting after it, trying to impress the top brass.
“Competition for a position will do that,” says Carlyle. “You can recognize that there are people here that have jobs. On the other hand, there are openings for people. It’s an opportunity for some people to make a strong first impression.”
The question of handling the goaltending situation during the pre-season games was brought up by the media during the visit with the first year Head Coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
“We’ve had a little bit of a discussion on that,” said Carlyle. “I’ve historically liked the goaltender to play the entire game. I think that’s the realistic way for a goalie to get himself into game shape, game mindset and prepare for it like he would a regular season game. Not twenty minutes, thirty minutes or forty minutes, but the whole game.”
Certainly J.S. Giguere will get his share of the workload in the pre-season, but what about the other goaltenders”
“The evaluation process is day-to-day,” said Carlyle. “If we think one is deserving over another, so be it. That’s the coach’s prerogative. And that’s something we will assess on a day-to-day basis. It’s competition for the position. And it just so happens that there only two positions in the goaltending area. And we have six goaltenders in camp.”
Ilya Bryzgalov, Steve Shields, Gabriel Bouthillette, J.P Levasseur (sent back to junior Wednesday), Michael Wall and Nathan Marsters join Giguere in camp. With Giguere manning the number one spot in the net, the battle for backup spot has been very competitive so far.
“It’s a situation where we have three guys who would be considered veterans.” says Carlyle. “We have Giguere, Bryzgalov and Shields. Then you have a couple of young kids. We are always looking for people to separate themselves. I guess that would be the best way to determine that.”
Teemu Selanne compares Randy Carlyle as head coach to that of his career as a player.
“He is exactly like when he was a player,” said Selanne. “My first year in Winnipeg was his last year. Whatever he does, he does one hundred percent. The key thing about having a coach who has played at the highest level, a Norris Trophy winner, is that every time he says something, everybody listens. I think this is a great opportunity for him.”
From defenseman Scott Niedermayer, on the first two days of training camp in Anaheim.
“I think it’s gone well. The scrimmages have been pretty high tempo. It seems like we have a good mix, some older guys, some really skilled guys, and obviously in net, you know what we have there. I’m excited to come here and have a new opportunity. I have a chance to meet all these guys and get used to playing with them. And be a part of this team.”