2004–05 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim season

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2004–05 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Division N/A Pacific
Conference N/A Western
2004–05 record 0–0–0–0
Team information
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Mike Babcock
Captain Steve Rucchin
Arena Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
Team leaders
<2003–04 2005–06>

The 2004–05 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim season would have been the Mighty Ducks' 12th season of play in the NHL, however, the 2004–05 NHL lockout cancelled all of the games for the season.

2004 Offseason[edit]

Along with the rest of the National Hockey League, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim entered the 2004 offseason with many questions. While most of the NHL was concerned with a possible lockout due to negotiations concerning a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Mighty Ducks had even more issues concerning the future ownership of the franchise and the future of the franchise in Orange County. The owners of the Ducks at the time, the Walt Disney Company was looking to sell the team and people in the community were not all too confident that the team would remain in Anaheim. On September 10, just a month before the 2004–05 season was scheduled to start, it was reported in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and the Associated Press that former Hartford Whalers and Pittsburgh Penguins owner Howard Baldwin was interesting in purchasing the Ducks and moving them to Kansas City, Missouri to play in the then-under construction arena now known as Sprint Center.[1] The lockout, however, began just six days later and extended well into what would have been the regular season and eventually causing the cancellation of the season entirely. With the Kansas City rumors circulating and the lockout already harming business at the Arrowhead Pond, Henry Samueli (the owner of Anaheim Arena Management, the operator of the Pond) got into negotiations to purchase the team so the arena would not lose its primary tenant. Samueli eventually bought the team in 2005 and took over day-to-day operations of the club in June 2005.[2]

Regular Season[edit]

See the game log below for the entire season schedule.

The season for the Mighty Ducks were scheduled to begin Wednesday, October 13 with a home game against Calgary. Their first road game was to be on Sunday, October 17 against cross-town rival Los Angeles. Their longest homestand was supposed to be from March 2-March 13 (6 home games), and their longest road trip was to be from January 29–February 10 (7 road games). Their final game of the regular season was scheduled on Sunday, April 10 against Columbus at the Arrowhead Pond.

Schedule[edit]

While the lockout led to the cancellation of the entire season, the Mighty Ducks did indeed have a schedule drawn up in case the season did resume at any time.[3]

Preseason[edit]

2004 Preseason Game Log
Legend
Home Game Away Game

Regular Season[edit]

2004–05 Game Log
Legend
Home Game Away Game

Transactions[edit]

The Mighty Ducks have were involved in the following transactions during the 2004 offseason. No transactions were made during the lockout.

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
June 18, 2004[4] To Carolina Hurricanes
Martin Gerber
To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Tomas Malec
3rd-round pick in 2004
June 26, 2004[5] To Atlanta Thrashers
Niclas Havelid
To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Kurtis Foster
August 16, 2004[6] To Tampa Bay Lightning
Vaclav Prospal
To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
2nd-round pick in 2005