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Posts Tagged Thomas Vanek
- Elliotte Friedman: Evander Kane’s recent benching doesn’t mean he’ll be traded by the Jets. There would be plenty of teams interested if they decide to trade him. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff may quietly test the trade market for Kane. The Jets could look to trade a defenseman for a forward to increase their options.
Friedman thinks the Predators may take a run at Thomas Vanek.
For the Canucks: “the Aquilini family’s gone quiet, letting the season play out before announcing any decisions. One owner said last week he thinks they are looking at the financial implications of a “clean sweep,” starting all over again. It’s a big number, because you also have to factor in the replacements and how much that will affect your on-ice business. Do you want to buy out anyone? What do you want to add? Mike Gillis was telling the truth last week when he said he didn’t know if he’d be back. I don’t think anyone there knows yet what ownership will do.”
Friedman could see the Panthers having interest in Dave Bolland.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) Hurricanes Eric Staal could be made available, but the cost would be huge. If the Oilers were interested, the Hurricanes would likely be looking for something other than Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov. They would be interested in getting a high end defenseman back. Staal has a cap hit of $8.25 million cap hit with salaries of $9.25 million and $9.5 million. The Hurricanes may be more interested in moving Cam Ward. If Paul Maurice remains with the Jets, Matheson could see them taking a run at Ward. The Jets would then need to find a taker for Ondrej Pavelec.
- The Fourth Period: The Hurricanes are expected to move goalie Cam Ward this offseason. Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner’s name has been in the rumor mill. The Leafs were among the teams that inquired about Skinner earlier this season. The Canes had spoken with a few teams about Ward, who holds a no-trade clause.
- The Fourth Period: Nikolai Kulemin doesn’t appear to be in the Leafs future. They did have him on the trade market earlier in the season, but decided to hold on to him. It has been rumored that the Penguins could have interest in the pending UFA. James Reimer and Nazem Kadri are expected to be traded this summer.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues have let Ryan Miller’s agent, Mike Liut, know they’d like to re-sign him. Miller will wait until after the season to talk. Miller’s wife is an actress in LA. He has been linked to the Ducks, but they have Frederik Andersen, John Gibson and pending UFA Jonas Hiller.
The Senators are planning on talking to Ales Hemsky about a contract extension. The money would need to be right for the Sens.
Thomas Vanek is still planning on testing the free agent market.
- TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger: The Bruins have reached out to Jarome Iginla’s agent last week. There hasn’t been any back-and-forth talk. The Bruins don’t have the tag room to do a deal in-season.
Bob McKenzie: Ryan Miller may want to wait until July 1st to see if there is any interest from the Ducks. Talk is the Ducks talked to the Sabres earlier this year about Miller, but weren’t able to get a deal done.
The Flyers, Wild, Lightning and Oilers are among the front-runners for college UFA Christian Folin. Folin is still playing and hasn’t fully committed to a decision just yet.
- Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If Reimer closes out Boston they don’t trade for Bernier. I don’t think Randy has ever gotten over those ten minutes in Boston” … ”Randy is credited, and rightly so, for being a defensive minded coach. When you see the mistakes this team makes it’s unbelievable” … ”Absolutely, without question Randy will be under review this summer”
- Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”The Oilers don’t have enough guys who understand that the right thing is to get out of their own zone. They cheat too much” …. ”Nobody wants to say it, but they [Edmonton] have had the same guy in charge for 8 years in a row while they missed the playoffs” … ”If I was in charge of a team that missed the playoffs 8 years in a row I would have been fired after 4” … ”You can’t have big players that can’t skate and small players that try to trick the puck into the net”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Carlyle is fired. I’m not saying his neck is on the chopping black”
- Hope Smoke: “Ferraro thinks the Leafs are a top centre, a #1 defenseman, a really good bottom 6 F & a depth D away from being a contender. Is that all?”
Morning Rumors: GMs on the Hotseat, Senators, Goalie Market, Expansion, Leafs, Canes and Hotstove Video
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.
The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.
If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.
Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.
If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.
The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.
It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.
The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.
You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.
Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.
The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.
“Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”
“There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”
- Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson has heard the 70-year old Glen Sather could be considering retiring as the Rangers GM.Trading Derrick Pouliot in a package for Ryan Kesler always seemed like a reach. Simon Despres made more sense. His confidence is shaken in Pittsburgh.
Joe Nieuwendyk isn’t sure if he wants to move his young family from Dallas to Calgary to take the GM post.
Matheson thinks the Lightning will buy out Ryan Malone after the season. He has a $2.5 million salary and $4.5 million cap hit.
Blue Jackets Ryan Murray tore his meniscus, which would keep him out for five weeks. He could return during a first round series.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders what the Oilers will do with Nail Yakupov. Do they see what they can get for Yakupov at the draft? Would the Sabres consider moving their first or possibly the Islanders first?
- John Hoven: Farhan Lalji of TSN said that Ryan Kesler had only five teams that he was willing to go to.
- John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on deciding not to re-sign with the Sabres: ”I just asked what direction this team was going in. No one really had an answer.”
- John Vogl: Canadiens Thomas Vanek on playing for three teams this year: ”It was different, exciting, weird, all at the same time.”
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Markus Naslund resigned from his GM post with MODO. Canucks GM Mike Gillis said on the Team 1040 that he would reach out to Naslund, but Naslund said not to jump to conclusions.
“This has nothing to do with anything in North America,” he said. “This is a decision made here a little over a month ago, that I was not going to sign another deal. I’m ready to do something different.
“I can see why there is speculation. But there is nothing to the rumours.”
On if he’d be interested if Gillis called about joining the Canucks front office.
“I don’t know at this point,” he said. “I had a couple of inquiries a year ago or so, but it made no sense for me or us as a family. I’m going to take some time…and see what I’d like to do. I’m not ruling out anything. I didn’t take the job with MoDo with the NHL in mind. That was to help out an organization that was in rough shape.”
- Eliotte Friedman of CBC: On the Canucks rumors:
“Canuck rumour I: That the Aquilini family forced Tortorella on Gillis. Verdict: Skeptical.”
“Canuck rumour II: That ownership blocked Gillis from trading Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Verdict: Don’t believe it.”
“Canuck rumour III: That ownership is courting Trevor Linden. Verdict: God only knows.”
The six teams that are believed to be in Ryan Kesler’s list: Ducks, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Red Wings, Penguins and Lightning. Only the Ducks and Penguins were really into trading for him at the draft.
The Islanders will have to let the Sabres know by June first if they will be sending them their first round pick this year as part of the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson trade.
The Islanders had targeted Sebastien Colberg with their 34th pick in 2012 but the Canadiens took him at 33. Could be one of the reasons the Islanders took the Canadiens offer over the Wild and Maple Leafs offers.
A former teammate on Steve Yzerman regarding the Martin St. Louis situation: ”I’ve seen him angry before… but never that angry.”
Rumor that the Oilers were looking hard at Sabres Tyler Myers. Getting shot down. Name may have come up, but it was determined quickly that there was not a match.
Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis “took a hatchet” to trade rumors involving the Panthers and Nikolai Kulemin.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is getting a contract extension.
Quote from trade deadline: ”Want to make Bob Murray laugh? Ask him if John Gibson is available.”
Teams called the Senators about defenseman Jared Cowen.
“I believe this guy is going to be a really good player for a long time,” Murray said. “He’s lost his confidence. We’re going to send him home in the summer and start fresh next year with a new outlook. That’s all it is.”
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens Thomas Vanek doesn’t want to talk about his pending UFA status.
“My focus is on helping the Canadiens win,” Vanek said after joining the team in Phoenix. “That’s all I’m thinking about now.”
- Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avs are confident they will be able to re-sign pending UFA Reto Berra to a multi-year deal.
“We’re presently working on signing him,” Roy said, adding that he and vice president Joe Sakic would not have given up a second-round draft pick if they expected Berra would test free agency.
Avs J.S. Giguere could be leaning towards retirement.
“Not 100 percent sure, but definitely leaning that way,” he said of retirement.”You have to be honest with yourself, and (the end of the season) might be the time. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. It’s not the time or place.”
- The Fourth Period: The Canadiens have upped their offer to Andrei Markov from one year up to two years, worth around the same as he’s making this season, $5.75 million. It is thought that Markov has been asking for a three or four year deal. Negotiations will continue, but the Canadiens may be holding firm on just two years.
- Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Odd dynamic in Van. Talked to a scout yesterday who said the Canucks D group is a puck moving core & they’re playing a chip & chase”
- Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”Canucks told everyone that other than the twins everyone else was available? Why not trade the twins too?” … ”If you’re going to rebuild, why not sit down with the Sedins and blow it up completely?” … ”The twins have not been good since the day they signed their extension, Garrisson and Edler have been brutal. Burrows can’t score” … ”All these players are having career worst seasons. Is this just a coincidence? It goes back to talking about Tortorella”
Morning Rumors: Canucks, Penguins, Bruins, Devils, Lightning, Ducks, Oilers, Wings, Jackets and Coyotes
- Josh Rimer: Hearing that the Canucks will have a fire sale at the draft with Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa likely to go. What does this mean to the Sedins? Will ownership let GM Mike Gillis do the rebuild? What about coach John Tortorella?
- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: After seeing how successful it was to have three quality centers in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal during the playoff runs from 2007 to 2009, it was one of the reasons GM Ray Shero was targeting Ryan Kesler. With not a lot of salary cap room left and lots of injuries, the Penguins had some holes to fill at the deadline: top-line winger, third line scoring and defensive depth. The Penguins could still look to add Kesler. If they are able to land Kesler, their top three centers would take up $23.3 million in cap space, about 34.3 percent.
- James Murphy of XN Sports: There is speculation within NHL management and scouting that Canucks ownership may have nixed two potential trades at the deadline. The Canucks were close to trading Ryan Kesler to the Penguins for a package that included Brandon Sutter, Derrick Pouliot and a draft pick. Ownership still thinks they are a playoff team, and may have told GM Mike Gillis to take him off the trade market. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reported last week that the Canucks may have had a deal in place to send Alex Eder to the Bruins for a package that included Matt Barkowski and Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev. The deal may have been pulled as the Kesler trade did not happen.The Devils tried to get Brian Gionta from the Canadiens at the deadline. Sources saying that the Devils offered a prospect and a second round pick, but where told he wasn’t available.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Recently acquired Thomas Vanek may not re-sign with the Canadiens as signs pointing to him signing with Minnesota. Nobody should be surprised if the Lightning were able to re-sign Ryan Callahan to a five year deal at $25 million. There is no state income tax in Florida, great weather and less pressure.
“Ryan can take a test-drive there and vice versa,” said his agent Steve Bartlett, who says Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman is taking it low-key. “There’s no gun to anybody’s head. I love that attitude.” Bartlett concedes that the lack of state income tax is a carrot. “You can take 10-per-cent less in Florida than New York and have it be the same amount of money.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson can see the Ducks going after Ryan Kesler after the season. The Ducks could offer a combination of Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly or Emerson Etem, Sami Vatanen or Luca Sbisa and a first round pick.Matheson thinks the Oilers should try to sign Kings pending UFA Matt Greene this summer.
The Red Wings want to re-sign newly acquired David Legwand.
Matheson can see the Blue Jackets looking to add Matt Moulson this offseason to replace Marian Gaborik.
The Coyotes looked at added Ales Hemsky at the deadline to play with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata. Hemsky could re-sign with the Senators, but the Coyotes will likely be interested in him as well.
- Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Pat LaFontaine talks a little, but didn’t speak about his exit from the team 3 1/2 months after he was brought in. There are questions if he was fired, if he resigned or a combination of both. He wouldn’t even acknowledge if he signed a confidentiality agreement with the team.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Teams are putting more value on draft picks than in the past.
“Teams aren’t like they used to be. They want to get value for draft picks,” said a league executive after the deadline. “We found that teams put a much heavier emphasis on picks. They don’t want to just give them away anymore.
“Teams have put a high value on them. That’s the case and that’s why teams want to pay for the first- round picks for them.”
Both the Penguins and Blackhawks were working right to the deadline on a potential Ryan Kesler deal.
The Senators and Maple Leafs were talking to the Islanders about Thomas Vanek.
A couple of teams asked the Rangers about Derek Dorsett.
The Flames would have traded Dennis Wideman, but no team wanted his contract.
Teams were calling the Senators about Curtis Lazar.
Talk is that Flames GM Brian Burke was demanding a first round pick for Mike Cammalleri right up to the deadline and wasn’t backing down from it.
The Ducks were in on Thomas Vanek and moved Dustin Penner as they thought they had a good shot. They also may have thought the asking price for Cammalleri was too high.
The Rangers and Ryan Callahan weren’t far apart when they made the Martin St. Louis trade. The Rangers wouldn’t include a no-trade clause and were in a foul mood. When talks started with Callahan, he reportedly asked for seven years and $56 million, $8 million a season.
The Blues were willing to trade Derek Roy, but couldn’t find a fit.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils Martin Brodeur said he wants to play next year, and he doesn’t have to be a No. 1 goalie.
“No, just to play more and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. Be in the playoffs,” Brodeur said Friday. “Those were some of the requirements I had, not just being outside looking in. I didn’t want to come back to a situation like this.”
- Darren Dreger: Sabres Rostislav Klesla: ”With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season. It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams. I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe. I would like to thank my fans and all the people that have helped me. I am grateful for the career I have had in the NHL and all the people that I have met along the way who have supported me and my family.”
- Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove:
- Pat Leonard: Rangers GM Glen Sather confirms that contract talks stalled with Ryan Callahan because Callahan wanted a no-trade clause.
- Erik Erlendsson: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik: ”We are pleased to add Ryan Callahan to our team and we hope to sign him for the long term”
- John Boruk: The Flyers could be looking to sign newly acquired Andrew MacDonald to a contract extension in the $4 to $5 million per season range. Dave Isaac: There have been talks yet, but MacDonald’s agent is “not afraid of a long-term deal.”
- John Vogl: The Sabres ended up trading Thomas Vanek (retaining some of his salary) and Cody McCormick for a first round pick in either 2014 or 2015, three second round picks in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Torrey Mitchell.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”The Leafs were relatively quiet, but the Leafs more than kicked tires on Vanek. They were big players on that” … ”The Leafs were one of three teams, maybe more, that pretty much brought it down right down to the wire on Vanek”
- Chris Nichols: Islanders GM Garth Snow said they didn’t get an offer for Thomas Vanek until after noon on trade deadline day.
- Steve Mears: Isles GM Snow on the difficulty of trading Vanek: ”There was a player (Kesler) in play, which delayed the process around the league.”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: ”Nonis made it abundantly clear that he wasn’t going to give up assets unless it was for a hockey deal, not a rental”
- Wes Gilbertson: The Flames received some calls on defenseman Chris Butler. There have been some talks between the Flames and Butler about a contract extension.
- David Pagnotta: Flames GM Brian Burke admitted that a three-team deal fell through that would have seen them take on salary in exchange for a draft pick.
- Adrian Dater: Dater thinks the Avalanche will re-sign Paul Stastny.
- The Fourth Period: The Ducks and Canucks had serious trade discussions about Ryan Kesler. Sources say that the Ducks offered Sami Vatenen, a first round pick and another player.
“We entertained multiple offers in multiple situations and none of them fit with our long-term vision,” Gillis told the media after the deadline. “When you’re under-performing like we are, you get calls from lots of teams about lots of players.”
The Penguins were also after Kesler. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Penguins were not convinced that Canucks ownership was willing to have Kesler traded a day after Roberto Luongo was traded. Talks with the Ducks could continue after the season. Canucks GM Mike Gillis is believed to be interested in Kyle Palmieri and Emerson Etem.
- The Fourth Period: The Blue Jackets, Bruins, Devils, Ducks and Penguins showed interest in Flames Mike Cammalleri, but they didn’t go higher than a third round pick.
“I’d rather take a chance on keeping him here and signing him than giving him away on a terrible deal,” Burke said in his post-deadline press conference.
- Sam Carchidi: The Predators got some calls on Shea Weber. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that he didn’t call the Predators about Weber. Weber is due a $13 million bonus on June 30th.
- Chad Graff: “For those asking why Vanek only required one second rounder and Wild gave two for Moulson, the Wild didn’t have to give up a prospect.”
- Chad Graff: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher on if Matt Moulson is just a rental: ”You never know. … But this is a move to win now.”
- Wes Gilbertson: The Flames have already reached out to Mike Cammalleri’s agent about continuing contract negotiations.
- Adam Vingan: There were five teams that were interested in Martin Erat, but the Coyotes offer was the most serious.
- Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on TSN Radio: ”I’m not against adding guys at the deadline. I feel the best time to improve your team is in June”
The New York Islanders have traded Thomas Vanek and a conditional 2014 5th round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for a conditaional 2014 2nd round pick and and Sebastien Collberg.
The condition on the picks is that if the Canadiens miss the playoffs, no picks are sent to the Islanders.
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- Rob Rossi: “I have not heard #pens have acquired Kesler. They were pushing hard in final hour, but had been hearing word of stand-off btwn Shero/Gillis”
- David Pagnotta: “Kesler has not yet been traded, that I know of, but told something is getting close. 10 minutes ’til deadline.”
- Chris Botta: “Appears Penguins are waiting on Kesler but will go for Vanek if a deal with VAN can’t be worked out and TV is still available.”
- David Pagnotta: “With Moulson close to being moved, hearing same thing on Vanek. Sounds like deal is very close there too.”
- Nick Kypreos: “Moulson talks for #Sabres remain with #Sharks #Ducks and #Wild”
- Harvey Fialkov: “Panthers are getting a goalie back from Stars and still working on another deal.”
- Pierre LeBrun: “Sources involved in talks say Buffalo and Minnesota very much heavy in Moulson talks…”
- Rob Rossi: “Told a minute ago #pens are pushing hard to end #KeslerWatch. “Ray’s going at it” was the text.”
- Sam Carchidi: “If #Flyers can’t trade Mez, it wouldn’t be the worst thing. He gives them great depth in case there’s an injury.”
- Mike Zeisberger: “Callahan: “I wanted to get a deal done (with NYR).”"
Evening Rumors I: Sabres, Canucks, Leafs, Islanders, Flyers, Wild, Kings, Jets, Sharks, Avs and Ducks
- Craig Custance: Sounding like the Sabres may prefer prospects to draft picks in a Christian Ehrhoff deal.
- Darren Dreger: A year ago the Maple Leafs offered Ben Scrivens and a draft pick for Roberto Luongo, with the Canucks retaining a $1 million per year.
- Nick Kypreos: The Maple Leafs are making calls about Dave Bolland. He is still looking for a long-term deal at over $5 million.
- Elliotte Friedman: Thomas Vanek could be held out of the Islanders lineup tonight.
- Darren Dreger: A one point, the Panthers and Canucks had at least three different trade scenarios. Luongo may have knew yesterday.
- Nick Kypreos: After the Flyers addition of Andrew MacDonald, look for them to trade someone, with Andrej Meszaros and Luke Schenn having their names out there.
- Michael Russo: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher indicated that he was talking with other teams about goalies, but wasn’t willing to give up the young assets or draft picks to acquire them. James Mirtle: It was sounding like the Wild kicked tires on every goalie that could have been available. Mirtle wonders where Jaroslav Halak’s fit is now.
- Chris Stevenson: Doesn’t sound like the Kings and Andre Markov are a possibility at this point.
- Bob McKenzie: The Jets and Sharks have talked about Devin Setoguchi.
- Adrian Dater: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s agent were expected to talk today.
- Jimmy Murphy: The Ducks are in on Thomas Vanek.
- Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie has been told that if Vanek is traded, it won’t be to the Ducks.