ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rickard Rakell’s whereabouts during training camp was a topic of amusement for Kevin Bieksa and the Anaheim Ducks.
Rakell’s presence since returning to the ice has been no laughing matter for their opponents.
Rakell had two goals and an assist, John Gibson stopped 21 shots and the Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Friday night.
Rakell picked up his second three-point game in three games since agreeing to a new long-term contract Oct. 14, scoring on a 2-on-1 break in the first period and tapping in a misplayed puck in the third.
“He’s fresh. He’s been sitting around doing nothing for two months in Sweden doing who knows what in Stockholm, sitting in a cafe,” Bieksa joked. “We’ve been grinding it out in training camp and skating, so I expect him to be contributing.”
The reality was not quite as humorous. Not only was Rakell waiting to finalize a new deal, he was still recovering from a…