Today was the final time the 2011-12 Anaheim Ducks would assemble as a group at Honda Center. As is the custom for the first business day following the end of the season for the team, they meet individually with Coach Bruce Boudreau and General Manager Bob Murray to assess their performance this season and their future with the organization. This is also the time that the players get their exit-physicals and we find out about unknown ailments bothering certain players.
Across everything I've read today, here's a rundown of the news coming out of the final day. Big thanks to the Anaheim Ducks website, Eric Stephens & Jeff Miller of The OC Register, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times and Curtis Zupke of NHL.com for reporting all this. This is all their news - not mine. I just put it in one place. (I'm working on the media credential for next season.) If there are any additional updates, I'll add them at the top of the bullet points.
- In addition to HNIC, Bruce will be in the in-studio analyst on Wednesday for Sportscenter from LA.
- Full Q&A with Bruce. This guy is great. I'd love to have a beer with him and just listen to his stories. I will probably be very intoxicated by the end.
- Bruce Boudreau called Ryan Getzlaf the best captain he's had in the NHL. Woah. And suck it Ovechkin!
- Coach Boudreau will be added to the Hockey Night in Canada panel. No one will put Gabby in the corner.
- Francois Beauchemin has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder for the past few weeks. He will be having surgery on Thursday to repair it. He expects to be out 3 to 4 months; however, he believes he'll be ready to go when camp rolls around. This surgery won't be as invasive as the one that kept Toni Lydman and Mat Beleskey out of the lineup to start the season. Beauch said that this injury caused him to be less physical towards the end of the season. Instead of looking to deliver the big hits, he was looking to protect his shoulder instead.
- In addition to his late season 'upper-body injury' (still not revealed), Toni Lydman was playing with a severe meniscus tear in his knee. No timetable for surgery or recovery time mentioned.
- Bobby Ryan, Cam Fowler, and Nick Bonino are expected to play for the USA in May's World Championships. Bonino was a little bit of a surprise for me.
- Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are likely going to suit up for Team Canada at Worlds.
- Lubomir Visnovsky will not be playing for Slovakia in Worlds. Says he's 'retired' from national team play. Oh Lubo.
- Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu are undecided as to if they want to play for Finland in Worlds. The tournament will be held in Finland and Sweden.
- Jonas Hiller will not be playing for Switzerland in Worlds. He played a ton this season and needs some time off to recover. Although it wasn't confirmed, it's likely that Luca Sbisa will suit up for the Swiss.
- Boudreau wants Andrew Cogliano at LW full time next year. He expects Cogs to score 15-20 goals being at that position for an entire season. Wooohooo! Cogliano is not a good center.
- Cam Fowler wants to bounce back after a rough sophomore season. He's focusing this off-season on getting stronger and his shot.
- Saku Koivu wants to be back in Anaheim (personal note: yaaaay!) next season, and has no reason to believe that he won't be. He has no plans to talk to other teams because he believes that a deal with be reached with the Ducks.
- Earlier this season, Lubo admitted that he was considering retirement, instead of finishing out his last year on his contract. He said his confidence was so low that it made him not want to play. Now he feels better and is excited for next year. When asked if he thought he'd be back, he said, "I wish".
- Bobby Ryan had to field questions again about the possibility of him not being a Duck next season. He said he was under the impression that he would be and had no reason to think otherwise. I have to agree with BR on this one. Unless the Ducks pull off a SMART and monumental trade that would involve him, it's safe to say he'll be back next year.
- As predicted by everyone, Teemu Selanne was the most popular interview of the day. He basically reiterrated everything he's said before: he can still play well, wants to retire on his own terms, July 1st will be his deadline, yadda yadda yadda. Midsummer is when he usually feels the need to get ready to play, and if he feels it, that's a good sign. Selanne said it is tough to miss the playoffs, but the one person taking it tougher than him is Boudreau. Poor guy.