While the playoffs have been going on, the Ducks have doing a few things other than watching teams that are not themselves playing hockey.
The Ducks signed head coach Bruce Boudreau to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 NHL season. Boudreau was originally under contract with Anaheim through 2012-13.
“Since joining the organization last November, Bruce has done an outstanding job with the team,” said GM Bob Murray. “He’s committed to us and determined to lead us back to the playoffs.”
Boudreau is the eighth coach in Anaheim Ducks history, taking over the bench from Randy Carlyle last November.
“I’m really happy about this,” said Boudreau. “I’m convinced we have a great core of players and a bright future, and I’m excited to be part of it. I just think this team is just starting where we want to go. I look at the playoffs this year. If we had started a little bit earlier, anything could have happened. We competed with all the teams that are in it, touch and nail. It would have been interesting and it will be interesting come next year.”
The Ducks have also signed Swedish goaltender, Viktor Fasth, to a one-year contract through the 2012-13 NHL season worth $1 million.
Fasth, 29, has been named the Swedish Elite League’s Goaltender of the Year in each of the last two seasons, becoming the first goalie to do so since Henrik Lundqvist.
“I’m really happy and looking forward to joining the organization,” said Fasth in a teleconference. “It’s a dream come true for me. I’m really excited. I’m really glad to have this opportunity to come over to the NHL. It’s always been a big dream for me. It’s the world’s best league. I’m really glad to get this chance.”
The Ducks are unlikely to re-sign Dan Ellis, and prospect Iiro Taarki went to the KHL this spring. That leaves Fasth and Jeff Deslauriers fighting for the back up spot on the team at camp.
Murray was pleased with the signing.
“He’s an older, mature goaltender who has experience on the big stage. We just strengthened our goaltending,” the GM commented.
If Fasth earns a spot on the final roster, he will certainly not be your typical “rookie,” with his age and experience.