What we learned from the
Even though the Ducks have won five of their last six games, some of their players -- and Coach
"When we're practicing on the ice at 1 o'clock, it will be done and we'll be going, 'Boys, this is our team.' And that's always a relief to everybody," Boudreau said. "You could see the angst in everybody's eyes the last couple days, 'What's going on?' They all know that there's so many deals at the trade deadline and we've obviously made a couple. The sense of relief, I think, is going to be great."
The Ducks have made two trades in the past week, acquiring left wing Jiri Sekac from Montreal and left wing
Beleskey, incidentally, is a pending unrestricted free agent who hasn't come to terms with the Ducks on a new contract and was enjoying a career season with 21 goals before he was hurt. Do the Ducks trade him Monday? Continue their efforts to sign him and risk losing him without compensation this summer?
The Ducks had been looking at defensemen even before
We learned that goaltender John Gibson, who stopped 39 shots Sunday in making his ninth consecutive start, impressed Boudreau quite a bit.
“He looked like he didn’t want to give up the net anytime soon, which is when you have competition, which is what was going on before he got hurt,” Boudreau said of Gibson and
Boudreau did say Gibson's streak likely will end soon because the Ducks must play back-to-back games, at Glendale, Ariz., on Tuesday and at home on Wednesday against Montreal. "I've got to believe each play one and we'll reevaluate everything," Boudreau said.
We learned that Fleischmann doesn't anticipate problems in adjusting to his new team because what he has seen and heard so far resembles Boudreau's approach in Washington, where Fleischmann previously played for him. Fleischmann skated in warmups Sunday but didn't play; he's scheduled to participate in his first full practice with the Ducks on Monday in Arizona.
“I’m just excited to play for him again. I know what he can do. We won the Calder Cup together,” Fleischmann said, referring to the
"He's a good player coach and you always like to play for him. That's one of the reasons."
Fleischmann watched the game closely and saw many familiar bits of strategy.