Koivu retired during the off-season as the Ducks reshaped center ice with new additions
“It’s great that Montreal’s doing this,” Ducks Coach
Koivu is tied with the recently passed Canadiens great Jean Beliveau for longest captaincy of the team (10 seasons) and his 2002 return from a cancer battle remains one of hockey's most emotional nights.
“Epitome of world-class guy, world-class player,” Ducks defenseman
"He deserves to have a great night."
Back in town:
But as the days moved toward Thursday night's game against the Canadiens, the Ducks forward admitted there was something special about it.
"I did play 3½ years there," Bourque said.
Bourque was acquired from the Canadiens on Nov. 20 for defenseman
"I was happy to go back up and get another chance with a good team — a lateral move to another good team," Bourque said.
It’s been more than that. He’s been moved into a first-line forward’s spot next to center Ryan Getzlaf since team goals co-leader
"I would've liked to have done better. [I] had great friends; [it's a] great organization to play for," Bourque said, adding that he remains puzzled why he didn't show better with the team.
"If I would've known that, I would've figured it out," he said. "No hard feelings."
With the Ducks, Bourque has one goal and one assist in 12 games. He missed a couple of golden openings in a home game against Edmonton last week.
Canadiens Coach Michel Therrien used to describe Bourque's spotty performance as "mysterious."
A Montreal reporter asked Boudreau if he had seen any sign of that.
"We're always talking to him — we call that 'sleepy,' that sometimes he's great and sometimes he's not — but we haven't seen that as much," Boudreau said.
Perry skating again: Two weeks after he sprained his knee in Minnesota, Perry has returned to skating in Orange County. Boudreau said Perry won’t travel to Canada for this trip and could very well miss Monday’s home game against the
Perry was originally scheduled to be out three to four weeks from the Dec. 5 injury.