Ducks Sign Stoner to Four-Year Contract
The Ducks have signed defenseman Clayton Stoner to a four-year contract through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stoner, 29 (2/19/85), has scored 4-27=31 points with a +3 rating and 296 penalty minutes (PIM) in 227 career NHL games with Minnesota. He led team defensemen in hits (99) and led the club overall in PIM (84) last season, while collecting 1-4=5 points in 63 games.
He played all 13 postseason games with Minnesota, picking up a career-high 1-2=3 points with a +2 rating and 26 PIM. Selected by Minnesota in the third round (79th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Stoner averaged a career-best 18:12 time-on-ice (TOI) and established a career high in assists (10) in 2012-13. That season, he set a franchise record for defensemen with a +5 rating on Mar. 25, 2013 at Dallas. The 6-4, 216-pound defenseman has appeared in 14 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, earning 1-3=4 points with a +3 rating and 26 PIM. Stoner held a conference call with reporters shortly after being signed by the Ducks.
Below are his comments: On the negotiating process "Anaheim made it known they were looking for more size. They like physical defensemen on the backend. My agent was pushing for Anaheim, too. When they were talking terms, it was either three or four years. I wanted four years, and they were willing. That was a big part of my decision. What the club has done in the past few years was something I was really looking forward to and trying to help."
On his impressions of Anaheim "As a player on a different team, you always look at Anaheim as being a beautiful place to live. But at the same time, it’s amazing what they’ve done as an organization. A lot of times, the warmer climates aren’t big hockey meccas, and sometimes the teams aren’t as good, but Anaheim goes completely against that.
They won a Cup fairly recently and had a chance here in the past few years. My goal is to come in play a physical style and try to be a steady, stay-at-home defenseman who can be reliable and be counted on in key situations. "You’ll probably see me drop the gloves a few times to stick up for my teammates. I’ll just try to be a steady guy. Nothing too flashy, but contribute in all areas if I can."
Ducks Acquire Thompson from Tampa Bay in
Exchange for Fourth-Round and
Seventh-Round Selections in the 2015 NHL Draft
The Ducks have acquired center Nate Thompson from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a fourth-round and seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Thompson, 29 (10/5/84), has scored 39-46=85 points with 199 penalty minutes (PIM) in 391 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, New York Islanders and Boston. Thompson owns a career faceoff percentage of 51.7 (2002-for-3869) and has won over half of his faceoff attempts in five of the last six seasons.
The 6-0, 212-pound center has also appeared in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning, collecting 1-3=4 points with a +2 rating and 4 PIM. Selected by Boston in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Thompson set career highs in short-handed goals (2), appearances (81) and plus/minus (+3) last season.
His nine goals fell one shy of matching his 2010-11 career high and his 16 points represented the second-best mark of his career. An alternate captain with Tampa Bay, Thompson ranked second among team leaders in faceoff percentage (50.9) and third among forwards in overall short-handed time-on-ice (162:13) and average short-handed time-on-ice (2:00).
Ducks Make Four Selections in Rounds 2-7 of 2014 NHL Draft
The Ducks selected four additional players in Rounds 2-7 of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft today at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to yesterday’s first-round pick (10th overall) of Nick Ritchie (Peterborough, Ontario Hockey League), the club selected defenseman Marcus Pettersson (second round, 38th overall), defenseman Brandon Montour (second round, 55th overall), defenseman Matthew Berkovitz (fifth round, 123rd overall) and left wing Ondrej Kase (seventh round, 205th overall). “Our philosophy is to take the best player available,” said Ducks Director of Amateur Scouting Martin Madden.
“From that perspective, we accomplished our task in this weekend’s draft. We got players our staff is passionate about and who fit the Ducks’ identity.” Pettersson, 18 (5/8/96), played 10 games with Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League last season, going scoreless with two penalty minutes (PIM). Pettersson played most of the season with Skelleftea’s junior team, collecting 4-14=18 points with 38 PIM in 38 games. The 6-4, 170-pound blueliner has represented Sweden in several international tournaments, including the 2014 Under-18 World Championship and the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he won gold. Montour, 20 (4/11/94), scored 14-48=62 points with a +35 rating and 36 PIM in 60 games with Waterloo of the United States Hockey League (USHL) last season.
The 6-0, 172-pound defenseman was named the USHL’s Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year after leading all USHL defensemen and ranking ninth overall in scoring. A USHL First Team All-Star, Montour helped Waterloo to the top record in the regular season and went on to lead the USHL in postseason scoring with 6-10=16 points in 12 Clark Cup Playoff games. He is slated to attend the University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2014. Berkovitz, 18 (2/16/96), represented Team Wisconsin of the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League last season, collecting 3-10=13 points in 21 games. Berkovitz attended Ashwaubenon High School (WI), where he was one of the school’s top scorers in three of his four seasons.
The 6-1, 180-pound blueliner was the lone defenseman out of eight finalists for the 2013-14 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year Award after scoring 11-26=37 points with a +16 rating in 24 games. Berkovitz, who helped the team to the Section 5 championship game with a team-best four points (0-4=4) in three playoff games, will attend the University of Wisconsin this fall. Kase, 18 (11/8/95), recorded 1-2=3 points in five games with the Czech Republic at the 2014 World Junior Championship, including the game-winning tally against Slovakia that clinched a spot in the quarterfinals.
Kase spent the majority of 2013-14 with Chomutov in the top league in the Czech Republic where he registered 4-3=7 points in 37 games. He also skated for Chomutov’s junior team for seven games, picking up 5-10=15 points. At the 2013 Under-18 World Championship, the 6-0, 165-pound winger was named one of his country’s top three players after collecting 1-2=3 points in five games.
Ducks Name Yawney Assistant Coach
The Ducks have named Trent Yawney assistant coach. Yawney brings 13 seasons of coaching experience between the NHL and American Hockey League (AHL), including his most recent position as head coach of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. Yawney will join Bruce Boudreau’s coaching staff with fellow assistant coaches Brad Lauer and Scott Niedermayer, and video coordinator Joe Piscotty.
During the 2013-14 season, Yawney led the Norfolk Admirals to a 40-26-3-7 record and a berth in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. Norfolk upset the top-seeded Manchester Monarchs to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before falling to the St. John’s IceCaps in six games.
In 2011-12, Yawney joined the Ducks’ then-affiliate in Syracuse as associate head coach. He guided the team to a 37-29-5-5 record, including a 15-3-1-1 record over the team's last 20 games to jump from 14th place to seventh place in the Eastern Conference and earn a berth in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. Yawney began the 2011-12 season as a pro scout for the Ducks, a position he also held in 2007-08. A native of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Yawney has six years of NHL coaching experience.
Most recently, Yawney served as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks from 2008-09 through 2010-11. During his tenure in San Jose, the team made two Western Conference Final appearances (2010, 2011) and won the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the NHL's best regular season record in 2008-09.
Prior to San Jose, Yawney served as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks from 2005-06 and was an assistant coach in 1999-00. Drafted by Chicago in the third round (45th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Yawney scored 27-102=129 points with 783 penalty minutes (PIM) in 593 NHL games with Chicago, Calgary and St. Louis. Additionally, Yawney played 60 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping the Blackhawks to the Western Conference Finals in 1989 and 1990.
After breaking his arm in January 1999, Yawney began assisting Chicago’s coaching staff and later transitioned from playing to coaching full-time in 1999-00.