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from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks are also waiting to learn the severity of an arm injury to veteran center Doug Weight, who traveled back to Southern California on Sunday and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday. Carlyle guessed after Sunday’s 3-2 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings that Weight might be out of action at least a week. Losing Weight for any lengthy period of time would present a conundrum for General Manager Brian Burke, who might have to be more active in advance of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline.
but first… from the OC Register,
“Sammy Pahlsson hasn’t played in an offensive role, I don’t think, in his career – in the NHL anyway,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’re going to look to him to step up.”...
Carlyle has the flexibility to line up Pahlsson with Selanne and Bertuzzi because of players such as rookie Ryan Carter, Todd Marchant and Brian Sutherby.
update 8:01pm, via Ducks Blog at the OC Register, T
he Ducks received relatively good news Monday afternoon when an MRI exam performed on veteran center Doug Weight revealed only a strained left shoulder.
Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 10.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The NHL is very good at disciplining and suspending its players.
Someday, it would be nice to see them apply some performance standards to their on-ice officials outside of firing the ones they don’t like at the end of the season.
Yesterday afternoon, the Red Wings and Ducks went at it in an humdinger of a hockey game, won 3-2 by Anaheim. The crime, however, was that the Wings clearly scored in the final minute of play on a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point that beat J.S. Giguere but had it incorrectly waved off by veteran official Dan O’Halloran.
You can see a video of the non-goal at A2Y.
Update 1:20pm: More on the refs from Michael Farber in Sports Illustrated today.
from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press,
There is a lot to hate about the Ducks. It starts with defenseman Chris Pronger, who has gotten the best of the Red Wings in their last two playoff departures—last season with the Ducks and during 2006 with the Edmonton Oilers.
This is a turn of events. The Red Wings controlled Pronger when he played for the St. Louis Blues. At 6-foot-6, Pronger is Brian Urlacher on skates. Yet, the Red Wings always took care of him, especially Steve Yzerman’s legendary answer to when Pronger tried to rip off his head with a check—The Captain low-bridged him out of self-defense and tore up Pronger’s knee….
he Red Wings are an Original Six team. The Ducks were founded to promote Disney.
The Red Wings are miles ahead of the Ducks in the current NHL standings, but we learned long ago what that means come playoff time—nothing.
more and some Foppa tossed in too…
I had the pleasure of speaking with NBC studio analyst Mike Milbury this morning, previewing the Ducks/Wings game on NBC this Sunday at 3:30pm. We also discussed a few other topics in the NHL, including the trade deadline.
The KK crew thanks Mike for taking the time to talk about the game and we hope you enjoy the interview.
via the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Ducks center Samuel Pahlsson, who hasn’t played since Dec. 22 because of abdominal inflammation, is “an option” for Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said, but Pahlsson’s return appears more likely to come Friday night against the New Jersey Devils….
Barring a last-minute injury, illness or other unexpected occurrence, Pahlsson is not likely to play against the Rangers. Most likely, Carlyle does not want to put Pahlsson back in the lineup and test him immediately with a back-to-back challenge, given Friday’s assignment across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
from Karen Crouse of the New York Times,
“The challenge of coming back and trying to win the Stanley Cup again appealed to me,” Scott said. Looking back, he said, he simply needed time to recharge. “If Brian had forced my hand,” he said, “I’d still be sitting at home and Rob would still be driving by on his way to practice and wondering what I was doing.”
When they are together, the Niedermayers are like Alphonse and Gaston: they are bracingly polite. That does not mean they do not sometimes needle each other. Rob’s nickname for Scott is Norm, after the George Wendt character on “Cheers.” Scott’s corresponding nickname for Rob is Cliff.
White House Press Release:
[PRESIDENT BUSH]: Welcome to the White House. We’re glad you’re here. Like, have you noticed a lot of security around here? It’s because the Vice President heard there were some Ducks around. (Laughter and applause.)
These Ducks are awfully mighty. It’s such an honor to welcome you. I love welcoming champs to the White House. And these are clearly great champs. You know, the playoffs have got to be tough at that time of year, after you’ve played so long, and your legs are a little tired—except you romped through the playoffs. I don’t know if many Americans understand that, but this team went 16-5 through the first four rounds; became the first West Coast team in the NHL to win the Stanley Cup. And that’s a big deal.
Note: More at the Anaheim Ducks website
From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
It is possible that the Ducks could add either player as they have about $1.8 million available under the cap. In Sundin’s case, they would be responsible for about $1.1 million of his $5.5-million salary this season, but they would also probably have to part with either top prospects Bobby Ryan or Brian Salcido, possibly a roster player and that first-round pick from the Oilers.
Burke would not comment on specific players, but he confirmed that the Ducks are looking to address their lack of secondary scoring. As he put it Sunday, “We’re making goalies look like all-stars right now.”
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from the OC Register,
“The fact that we’ve lost six in a row, there is a temptation to panic, but I don’t panic easily,” General Manager Brian Burke said. “We’ll look at all scenarios, but I’m not a big trade-deadline guy.
“I believe in this group. I’ve seen what this group can do. We’re playing without Mathieu Schneider and Sammy Pahlsson — two pretty good players. Let’s get them back, and get Teemu in, and see what we’ve got.”...
“We might have to add some offense, but at what price?” Burke said.
more on the Ducks…
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