So yesterday was pretty crazy, huh? Normally the first day of off-ice training camp is just an endless stream of "We're excited for the season" interviews physicals and pictures. But not when the best/most famous/most beloved player in franchise history comes out with a book and the most inflammatory quotes are released for comment. Unfortunately nobody here at AC could pull themselves away from their real lives/jobs to cover it yesterday, so before we leave the floor open for news and notes from on ice camp today, here are a few of the highlights.
By now, everyone has read the quotes from Teemu Selanne's book that was released in Finland yesterday and his subsequent apology/statement. Daniel will have more on this a little later today, but for me the bottom line is he was just plain wrong and it makes him look a little petty. The fact of the matter is he wasn't playing well enough to earn the kind of minutes he was demanding and he was still pretty damn close to those kind of minutes. As a huge fan of Teemu's it was hard to watch him so far from the top of his game last year and even harder to hear that he really didn't recognize it himself.
Of course there was the usual media availability as well. The Ducks released several videos including:
Ryan Getzlaf discussing Teemu and how the team has grown over the off season
Nate Thompson saying everything you would imagine a third/fourth line center on a new team would say
Kesler claiming to be in the best shape of his career, as well as having the least injuries of any summer for several years and almost having the date of the first game against Vancouver memorized (hew as off by two days)
And Bob Murray addressing (Teemu of course) the competition for roster spots, his process of waiting 15-25 games before making his next move if necessary, and even suggesting that Kesler might play with Corey Perry (which Kesler laughed off).
But that was yesterday. Today camp really gets underway on the ice at The Rinks, Anaheim Ice with two sessions open to the public at 9:45am and 1:15pm (featuring two different sets of players, full roster here). We'll keep this space updated as interesting news/notes come in. So stay tuned here and as always let us know what you think.
Getz and Perry skating with Heatley. Only surprise - no turtleneck or mock turtleneck— Jen Neale (@MsJenNeale_PD) September 19, 2014
INJURY UPDATES: @stheodore17 will miss 4-6 weeks with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain (right elbow) suffered in Sunday's rookie game.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) September 19, 2014
INJURY UPDATE: @kylepalmieri suffered a high ankle sprain during training. He hopes to return for the final preseason game on Oct. 4.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) September 19, 2014
John Gibson playing his own game of hockey with a very small piece of ice. He's a 50 goal scorer! pic.twitter.com/KFDN8VxdUJ— Jen Neale (@MsJenNeale_PD) September 19, 2014
Line combos can always change, but right now Ryan Kesler is centering a line with Patrick Maroon and Jakob Silfverberg.— Kyle Shohara (@kyleshohara) September 19, 2014
BB is across the ice talking to Gp2. Only thing I could really understand was "... F-ing horse[poop]. F-ing do it right. Get the f going."— Jen Neale (@MsJenNeale_PD) September 19, 2014
Guy just walked into Ducks practice wearing "Bring Teemu Back" shirt. Ummmm....— janis carr (@janiscarr) September 19, 2014
One thing I've learned so far in #DucksCamp while asking players personality questions: Hockey players love Sons of Anarchy.— Adam Brady (@AdamJBrady) September 19, 2014
Check out reader Bob Diluchio's observations from this morning's session here. Huge thanks to Bob for picking up the slack for us while the official staff was all tied up with real life.