And so, hockey season begins.
With 60 people on the roster, the Ducks began training camp by splitting everyone up into three manageable groups.
Despite the large number of bodies getting a look (however brief or long that may be), there was no question on who the front runners were. Coach Bruce Boudreau wasted no time in setting up line combinations that might be what you see on ice when the regular season begins.
Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Penner were reunited. Penner left the Ducks organization as a restricted free agent after winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. After stints with Edmonton and Los Angeles, Penner has returned home and is still wearing his familiar #17.
“It was a lot of fun to be out there with those guys again,” Penner said. “It’s déjà vu. I keep noticing things like that over and over again. The guys, the atmosphere, and just being here at Anaheim Ice. We were even looking at pictures from eight or nine years ago from the guys who...