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Exit Interviews: Kesler Considers Surgery
By Michael Walters
Today was the first time in a while since the Ducks held exit interviews without making the playoffs. The last time Anaheim missed the postseason was in 2012 when the team went 34-36-12 posting a similar record to this season.
One of the biggest question marks for this offseason is the status of Ryan Kesler.
He didn’t make any retirement announcement today, but instead is going look at his medical options, which includes hip replacement surgery. He is doing his homework and reaching out to various surgeons to get their feedback. He said, “This year, the hip got worse. That’s why we need to find some options not just for hockey, but for my life. Simple things, like putting on socks in the morning, is tough.”
Despite the pain, discouragement, and routine just to get game ready, he was still able to play in his 1000th game this season. It wasn’t easy for him to get there and he explained the process in the Sports Illustrated “Journey of a Warrior” article.
Only time will tell if Kesler will return next season or retire.
For more comments visit: Kesler Exit Interview
Murray Looks Toward Next Season
General Manager will begin the search for a new coach and plans to reach out to certain people after the playoffs. As for the team itself, Murray expressed a few concerns. He would like to see the special teams play improve and the overall puck movement throughout the game. He stated the team had issues playing a 60-minute game. He also expressed concern about the culture of accepting losing by some of the players in the locker room. He didn’t name anyone specifically but stated that was never the case with the team before and shouldn’t be going forward.
For more comments visit: Murray Exit Interview
The Ducks did send Max Jones, Sam Steel, Jacob Larsson, and Jaycob Megna down to the San Diego Gulls. Troy Terry(lower-body) and Brendan Guhle(lower-body) are both injured but could join them as well.
NHL Draft Lottery:
The Ducks have the 8th best odds(6% chance) at winning the lottery. They have a 19% chance of being in the top three. The lottery will be held this Tuesday, April 9th.
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April 7th, 2019