Anaheim Ducks forward Ondrej Kase will be out indefinitely due to a concussion, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Coppinger.
Kase suffered the concussion during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings that took place on Saturday, and his loss will further complicate things for a wounded Anaheim team that has lost winger Corey Perry for five months due to a knee injury, and with center Ryan Kesler’s return still up in the air as he continues to recover from hip surgery.
Kase collected 20 goals and 18 assists last season for Anaheim.
Ray Emery Drowns While Swimming In Hometown
Former NHL goalie Ray Emery, 35, drowned while swimming in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday.
Emery was reported missing just after 6 a.m. Sunday in Hamilton Harbour, according to the Hamilton Police Department. Emery’s body was recovered in proximity to where he was last seen later in the afternoon.
“They went out for a swim, and unfortunately, he did not emerge after diving in,” Hamilton police Inspector Marty Schulenberg told The Hamilton Spectator. “We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results.”
Emery last played in the NHL in 2014-15 for the Philadelphia Flyers, but spent time throughout his career with the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, Flyers, and Chicago Blackhawks posting a career NHL record of 145-86-28 with 16 shutouts and a 2.70 goals-against average.
“On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. “Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best, he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones.”
“Ray was an outstanding teammate and an extremely gifted goaltender,” The Flyers said in an official statement (h/t ESPN). “He had an exceptional athleticism, was a fierce competitor and battled in every game he played with the Flyers. His performances throughout the 2009-10 season were a very big part of the team’s success in making the playoffs and reaching the Stanley Cup Final.”
“The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion,” the team said in a statement.
Ducks Sign AHL Coach Dallas Eakins To Multi-Year Contract Extension
The Anaheim Ducks have signed their AHL head coach, Dallas Eakins, to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Eakins had coached the San Diego Gulls for the past 3 seasons, finishing 2nd in the Pacific Division in his first 2 seasons before posting a 36-28-3-1 record this season, a drop in their success.
Eakins assistant coach Marty Wilford has been promoted, per a separate team announcement.
Ducks’ John Gibson Ready To Turn Series Around
The Ducks currently trail the series 2-0 but their goalie, John Gibson has been impressive during the team’s two losses, giving them hope that they can turn the series around in their favor.
“I don’t think it’s ever a spot [being down 0-2] you want to be in,” Gibson said (h/t NHL.com). “But I think a lot of guys here have been around, been in situations before. We’ve got to fall back on that.”
“He’s given us a chance,” Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle said. “Again, it’s our job to do a better job of defending people that are in the open spaces and boxing people out. Don’t give them that second (chance) and backdoor tap-ins. You can’t fault our goaltending because he’s made a bunch of 10-bell saves in the series, in the first two games.”
Gibson has been a pillar of consistency for the Ducks all season, going 31-18-7 in 60 games with a 2.43 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage, highlighted by 4 shutouts.
“He obviously is a pretty calm guy, unwavering, nonchalant,” Manson said. “You picked up on the sense he was going to take over.
“It’s something you feel about him” Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said.
“He wants to be in the game. Not saying he didn’t want to be before, he definitely did. You can tell now. He’s showing everybody, ‘I’m here and I’m a key part and I’m going to play like this for a while.”
While Gibson has been solid, he hasn’t been shy to let his teammates know that he wasn’t happy with their play, during the game.
“There are different times you say something here or there,” Gibson said. “I like to go out there and let my playing do the talking. We have so many guys that have been around and leadership on the team. People do things in different ways. I try to just go out there and make sure I ready myself to play and bring it night in and night out.”
Gibson is known for being lad back, so his emotional showing may have caught people by surprise.
“It’s just how I’ve always been since I was younger — I’ve always been kind of laid back,” he said. “I think at first some people might think that you don’t care.
“Now people understand who I am and everything like that. It’s just how I am. I never get too high or too low. Stuff’s going to happen, nobody’s perfect. At the end of the day, I think, we’re fortunate enough to play this game.”
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