Yet, a final piece that could help clinch home-ice advantage through the
Whether it be one more shutdown defenseman, an elite scoring forward or another center, Anaheim owns two first-round and two second-round picks in this year's draft, and a wealth of goaltending depth — such as Viktor Fasth — with young forwards who might also emerge as bargaining chips.
Ducks General Manager
"It's up to Bob to assess, but we match up good with most teams," Ducks forward
"We play a good team game, with good depth from the young guys who've been brought up through the system. Either way, we'll be prepared and push on no matter what happens."
St. Louis fired a shot across the bow earlier Friday by acquiring standout goalie
Although the depth of the Ducks' roster is impressive with many producing career years, another quality player to complement 60-point stars
"It's the start of an exciting five days," Boudreau said.
Tampa Bay wing Martin St. Louis,
Boudreau said he's "excited" about Wednesday morning, when he'll find out whether he has another weapon or whether he's staying the course with the league's best team through the first week of March.
Once in a lifetime
Jeff Tyni was on his way to his part-time job as Ducks clubhouse attendant Friday afternoon when a telephone call came: Could he instead serve as the
Tyni, 30, who played college hockey for Cal State Fullerton at venues such as The Rinks in Anaheim while continuing to play in a recreational league, jumped at the chance set up by
"Best job on earth, right?" Tyni said late Friday after St. Louis starter
"Too bad it never lasts," he said.
Was he dreading the call to play, or pleading inside for the chance?
"You do this because you want to play," Tyni said. "If you're given the opportunity, take it to the next level."
The Ducks awarded tough forward Tim Jackman with a one-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season for $637,500 on Saturday. Jackman, with two goals and an assist, has 89 penalty minutes in 30 games.
"I trust them not to hit me in the face," Beleskey said after further proving his comfort by deflecting at least half of the blasts into the net. "I always try to get in front of the net, especially on the power play."
Beleskey said he's learned the key is "keeping your eye on the puck," and said Perry is the best on the team at it.
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Etc.: By claiming his 300th career win Friday in just 496 games, Boudreau reached the landmark faster than any NHL coach in history, better than Montreal's Toe Blake (525 games), former Ducks coach Mike Babcock (526) and Edmonton's