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. 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.
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.