The Czech-born winger had one goal and one assist in six games before he was a healthy scratch; he was scratched three more times before the season ended and wasn't in the lineup for the Ducks' first two playoff games against the
"It's a really good team. They know what they want to do here," he said of his thoughts on being traded to Anaheim. "Basically, I came like a new guy, and they tried me out. I came here basically for playoffs and for injuries, maybe if somebody gets hurt, like it did happen."
"Fleisch has been unreal for us," defenseman Hampus Lindholm said Friday after the Ducks practiced at
Fleischmann, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, said he enjoyed playing center again.
"It's a little bit harder. You've got to think more in the game than as a winger, but you are still in motion. You don't stop much," he said. "That's what I like. You still move your feet, and you usually get the puck more on your stick."
He also liked being back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
"Florida didn't make the playoffs, so for me, this is a way better situation," he said. "The best atmosphere I had was in Winnipeg. It was pretty impressive. I hadn't had an opportunity to have it like that. I played in Philly with the
It worked out pretty well for the Ducks too.
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Boudreau said he doesn't have a preference for the Ducks' next opponent. And if he did, he said, he wouldn't disclose it. That series won't begin until all first-round series are completed.
"I don't think it really matters who we play," Lindholm said. "You have to beat them all to be the best, and beat the best to be the best yourselves. Maybe someone has family in one of the cities. Otherwise, I don't think anyone really cares."
Thompson, who practiced with the team Friday and said his status remains day to day, said he was too nervous to sit while watching the Ducks play Winnipeg. "I was standing and pacing. I was a nervous wreck. It was fun to watch, but I'd like to be playing," he said. Boudreau said Thompson looked "OK," adding, "I guess we'll see more when it becomes more difficult practices."
Goaltender John Gibson (upper-body injury) didn't practice with the team. Boudreau said he had no information on Wagner (upper-body injury) other than Wagner skated on his own Friday.