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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.”
Update: link may require registration. thanks to Itlan’s note in the comments for reminding me
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…
Anaheim Ducks’ GM Brian Burke will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.
The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from Alan Adams at AOL Canada,
If it were left to me, I would deal Sundin by the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline, and send him to Anaheim as a matter of fact. Then I wouldn’t bring Sundin back in the fold this summer when the big Swede is an unrestricted free agent.
This is the ONLY course the Leafs should plot regarding Sundin if, as ownership says, it is serious about making things right with the storied Toronto franchise.
Think of it this way: You have to get bad, and bad for a couple of years, before you can get good. And Sundin is the ticket to both destinations.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Samuel Pahlsson is tentatively scheduled to see a specialist this week to try and alleviate a perplexingly stubborn abdominal strain, Coach Randy Carlyle said Tuesday.
Pahlsson will make the upcoming eight-game, 15-day road trip and consult with a specialist on Friday. Carlyle said it is the same specialist who helped Minnesota star forward Marian Gaborik recover from a similarly-nagging groin injury last year, and Pahlsson apparently has positive history with him.
“This doctor has got some technique that made him feel really good,” Carlyle said.
Brian Burke was just on NHL Live and mentioned the Ducks are $1.7M under the cap right now, which will allow them to trade for a $5M player at the trade deadline if need be. They also have the #1 pick from Edmonton they can dangle in trade talks too.
We will try to get the audio and post it if it becomes available.
note: added the Selanne press conference video at the bottom of the post at 8:40pm.
Sources tell TSN the Finnish winger and the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to terms on a contract for the balance of this season and Selanne will be re-joining the team this week.
added 4:18pm, via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that right wing Teemu Selanne has signed a one-year contract and will join the team for the remainder of the 2007-2008 season. Selanne, who was an unrestricted free agent, will practice with the team today and travel on the club’s eight-game, 15-day road trip (team departs Tuesday).
“It took Teemu several months to determine if he had the passion and determination to return to the NHL, and we are thrilled to have him back,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “This is a player who scored 48 goals last year and showed no signs of slowing down.”
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