Ducks Move Past Distractions
|“We have to go out and produce on the ice and the rest of the stuff will take care of itself,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “We have a guy in place that is going to be here and keep things moving forward.”|
By Matt Vevoda
While the last few seasons the Ducks have had a penchant for leading the league in news material, the team has astutely limited those distractions and kept its focus on winning hockey games.
The latest chapter in the
“It wasn’t a complete surprise to me,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, who credits Murray (formerly the team’s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations) as a big reason to him being in
Even as Wednesday’s events unraveled at Honda Center and press conferences were being held in adjacent rooms, the Ducks were back on the ice for the first time since suffering their second straight defeat at the arena last Sunday, a 3-1 loss to Florida. With his team returning from two days off and two days of practice on the docket, Carlyle was pleased the announcement came when it did.
“I think the timing of it was important,” Carlyle said. “We had some time off. It was done on a Wednesday and we practiced yesterday. Today is another day that you move forward.”
The Ducks have grown accustomed to dealing with circumstances beyond their control. Last season, the team endured questions about a Stanley Cup hangover, the trip to
As new inquiries mount this season, the team strives forward once again with the understanding they must remain focused on the game while the other things around them play out.
“We have to go out and produce on the ice and the rest of the stuff will take care of itself,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “We have a guy in place that is going to be here and keep things moving forward.”
“They can’t control what is going on around them,” Carlyle said. “The thing that they can control is how well they play, how much effort they put in and their level of execution and passion. Because of what has transpired off the ice, to me that should have no effect on their ability to bring their ‘A’ game.”
Brad May (right knee) and Brad Larsen (sports hernia) both appear to be heading in the right direction in their returns from injuries. Each Brad participated in practice (the first full one for Larsen) and reported different degrees of progression on Thursday.
“It’s coming along, but there is no timetable set for it with these things,” said Larsen, who has yet to make his Ducks debut since being acquired from
Said May, “I feel better now. I’m not sure what is in store for me tomorrow, but I’m definitely ready to go.”