A little under three months remain until the start of the 2022-23 NHL regular season, but with the conclusion of the NHL Entry Draft and the first few days of free agency, things feel as though they’re mostly wrapped-up for many teams. At this point, signing some RFA contracts, evaluating what happened at development camp, and making a few more behind-the-scenes hires are all that is left for many organizations. However, as Anaheim Ducks GM Pat Verbeek made clear to Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register, his team is not done with their offseason additions.
Whittier Daily News
General manager Pat Verbeek made it clear Monday that he wasn’t done with his offseason makeover of the Ducks’ roster. He said he would like to sign another free-agent forward and a defenseman, too, and he’s looking for deals that make sense financially as well as culturally.
It’s been more like a free agent snooze-fest for the Ducks over the past few summers. Significant signings have been few and far between, with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s three-year, $11.7 million contract two years ago as the only one that stands out in any way, shape or form.
IRVINE — It was very much like watching two different teams playing two different seasons, as Dallas Eakins noted Monday. There were the Ducks who achieved a modicum of success up until the NHL’s trade deadline on March 21 and then there were the Ducks who had almost none after it.
San Bernardino County Sun
TAMPA, Fla. — Pat Verbeek was as old-school as a player could be while he played 1,424 games in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings. His “Little Ball of Hate” nickname was well-earned between 1992 and 2002.