Conditioning and hard work the main focus

first_img Teemu Selanne, one of the Ducks’ most popular players ever, rejoined the team last month and — like Giguere — was soaked with sweat but still smiling after the brisk workout. “I think the first day is always tough. Everybody’s going 100 miles per hour and everybody’s really excited,” Selanne said. ANAHEIM — Grueling drills, a lively scrimmage, then lots of laps. The players still smiled, happy just to be back on the ice. “We’ve been doing this since we were kids, so it’s great to be able to get out there and go to work again,” Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, sweat still pouring down his face, said Tuesday after the Mighty Ducks held their first workout in nearly a year and a half. Carlyle, who took the Anaheim job after Mike Babcock’s contract expired and he became the Detroit Red Wings’ coach, said the Ducks’ veterans seemed to be in good physical condition despite missing last season, which was canceled by the NHL lockout. “It’s amazing. We did a testing of our rookie camp, then there was a testing done of all the veterans,” Carlyle said. “The level of conditioning was almost identical, which was a pleasant surprise. “For some of these players who haven’t played for some 16 months, it shows that there’s a commitment to preparation and that’s always a positive.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Said Ruslan Salei: “It was really nice to finally be back out there with the team. Although I played in Russia last season, this is very different.” New coach Randy Carlyle, who promises the Ducks will play an upbeat style, ran them through a full-scale practice and scrimmage as a crowd of several hundred fans sat in the stands at the team’s practice facility. “Our expectations are that we’re going to try to play an up-tempo game, and our players seem to have responded positively to that,” Carlyle said. The workout certainly was up tempo. “Training camp’s not fun, especially the first day. It’s not supposed to be fun,” Carlyle said. “It’s about work. We understand that the players are getting a first opportunity to be put through their paces, and our work ethic and our commitment to conditioning will be very, very hard.” last_img read more

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