Photo credit: David Zalubowski

Three days after he was traded by the Washington Capitals, Mathieu Perreault made his debut for the Anaheim Ducks. He centered Anaheim’s second line and skated with young stud Jakob Silfverberg and future hall-of-famer Teemu Selanne, so maybe no more feeling sorry for him.

Perreault’s performance was about as good as it could be in a lopsided 6-1 loss in which your papa bear head coach got assaulted by a pane of glass.

In 15:14 of ice time, the tiny French-Canadian won 13 of 16 face-offs (81%), had one hit, and created a bunch of chances. He wore #22 (looks so weird) and got a hair cut.

Anaheim fans were impressed with his play.


Judging by the below video, they are absolutely right.

Way to go, Perry.

Here are a few more pics from the game. And reminder: I wanna see some Perry Celly cut-outs tonight during warm-ups.


Photo credit: Chris Humphreys


Photo credit: Michael Martin

  • Hendybobendy26

    I’m glad that they love him! Because I’ll miss him a lot in Washington! But centering a second line with Slanni is killer! (Also I am not changing my name!)

  • JH

    Glad he’s fitting in already. Maybe I’m missing something, but nothing in those video clips made have seller’s remorse.

  • Marky Narc

    Yeah, but just wait until they have to deal with the Former Cap Factor(tm) in the playoffs!

  • David Rothman

    13/16 draws eh? Erat is pissed off because he’s playing on the the 4th line and the stuck him at center in the preseason. But yeah, fuck Matty P right? Who needs centermen anyway.

    On a less bitter note, thanks for posting this. I intend to follow 85/22’s season as much as I can.

  • I’m glad he’s with a team that so clearly appreciates his talent … that wouldn’t have been the case here in Washington.

  • Benjamin Scarbro

    No Varly love. Sad face.

  • brian!

    Well nuts, looks like I’ll be investing in a MP22 Ducks Shirtsey.

  • I haven’t forgotten about Varly! Au contraire! (Via )

  • jennrubenstein

    while i’m still sad, i’m happy for him that his new team’s fans are already appreciating his tiny awesomeness, and i’m comforted that if he’s wearing the # 22, he’ll only ever be our perreaultchocinco. aww, i miss my favorite pocket-sized center. i’m also pretty stoked that if he can’t be here, he’s on my new favorite west team – i was already partial to the ducks because of stecks and gabby, and now that my actual favorite west team is, well, in our division…

  • jennrubenstein

    oh my damn, stecks wasn’t re-signed by anaheim when he became a free agent? and minnesota just released him after the pre-season?! WHAT. i’m so behind. and now i’m extra sad. and apparently i need to set up a google alert.


  • Margaret McGuire

    hm “creates great chances” “line has great potential” “has great energy”….. sounds like nothing has changed, just a streaky player that looks like he’ll do something but never really does. Erat will get over it if he’s a pro and if not buh bye. Perreault had plenty of chances to show his stuff and never provided anything more then a third liner potential here in DC, and Fehr is so much better suited with Chimera and Ward then Perreault could be.

    still am the few and proud that am not crying over this trade, move along.

  • Derek Eklund

    I hope he has a great tenure with the Ducks. Really liked the guy on our team and was sad to see him go.

  • Derek Eklund

    LOL this is exactly what I thought when I read that line.

  • MissMattyP

    In your best Prince voice, sing it with me: “Come Back Baby Come Back.”