Mighty Ducks Begin Training Camp
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ With Conn Smythe winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere in goal, the defending Western Conference champion Anaheim Mighty Ducks began training camp Thursday.
Giguere agreed to terms of a four-year, $19.5 million contract Wednesday to end the prospect of a potential holdout, and joined free agent acquisition Sergei Fedorov as the Ducks opened camp after the most successful season in franchise history.
It was also the first time the team skated without former captain Paul Kariya, who signed as a free agent with the Colorado Avalanche in July.
Despite being seeded seventh in the Western Conference, the Ducks reached the Stanley Cup finals by beating Detroit, Dallas and Minnesota before losing to the New Jersey Devils in the seven-game Stanley Cup finals.
Giguere was awarded the Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP.
Fedorov, who played 13 seasons in Detroit before signing a five-year, $40 million contract with the Ducks in July, wore a white practice jersey with his traditional No. 91 and skated with the first of two practice groups.
``It was exciting, a little different practice _ the drills, the pace, the speed,″ he said.
Also on the ice was center Andy McDonald, who missed the final 29 games of last season and all the playoffs after suffering a concussion in January at Colorado.
``It felt really good, I’ve been out so long,″ said McDonald who had 10 goals and 11 assists in 46 games. ``The hardest thing was not knowing if I would recover.
The lone holdout for Anaheim is forward Petr Sykora, who led the Ducks with 34 goals last season.