Ducks look forward to Troy Terry’s return – Orange County Register
Not that the Ducks needed proof that life without Troy Terry in the lineup would be an uphill battle, but the importance of their best player has been emphasized in the last four games, all one-sided losses.
They gave up six goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, seven to the Vegas Golden Knights, seven to the Buffalo Sabers and six more to the Kings at the Honda Center Friday night.
“Another game where we shot ourselves in the foot,” said goaltender John Gibson after the 6-3 loss to the Kings, in which the Ducks conceded three power-play goals.
While it looks like a historically brutal stretch, the Ducks have been down this path before when conceding six or more goals in four straight games.
During the 1995–96 season, they lost four straight games, losing seven goals to the San Jose Sharks and six goals each to the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, and Kings from December 19–27.
(For the record, goalies Mikhail Shtalenkov and Guy Hebert shared the pain in that particular run.)
Terry left the game early in the first period of his first game after the All-Star break — on Feb. 6 in Dallas — joining a list of prominent players who sustained injuries after the break. The Ducks’ second-best scorer was called out week after week with an upper-body injury but skated for the first time on Friday morning and attended practice on Sunday, the Ducks said. They’re headed for a four-game trip that begins Monday at 10 a.m. PT against the Florida Panthers.
After the trip, the Ducks are playing a home-heavy schedule with just seven road games left. The biggest date for them — at least until the NHL Draft Lottery — is March 3, the league’s trade deadline.
While bigger names were traded from Ducks GM Pat Verbeek last season — Rickard Rakell to Pittsburgh, Hampus Lindholm to Boston and Josh Manson to Colorado — three or four others could move this time, depending on market conditions and valuation.
Defensemen John Klingberg, Dmitry Kulikov and Kevin Shattenkirk and goaltender Anthony Stolarz will be unrestricted free agents, and while forward Adam Henrique remains at $5.825 million for a year, there could be a match depending on how much money the Ducks cash would be willing to keep.
Another challenge, according to CapFriendly.com, is its 10-team no-trade clause. Notably, as of January 1, Klingberg has a no-trade clause for 10 teams. Until then, it was a full no-move clause.
Shattenkirk has a 12-team no-trade list, according to CapFriendly.
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