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The New-Look Ducks

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The high-wire act that is running the Anaheim Ducks is a compelling tale.

Imagine Ducks GM Bob Murray with a foot on each side of a creek. One foot says the Ducks still want to win this season, and keeping Pronger (at least for the rest of this season) suggests as much. But the other foot says the Ducks need to begin replenishing the organization with younger assets, a process that got under way with the deals at Wednesday’s deadline.

Call it Murray’s split personality, but he’s worn two hats this season; given the circumstances, which included the need to trade in some expiring contracts for assets, he’s done about as well as he could have so far. And it will continue this summer.

There’s a very slim chance both Pronger and Scott Niedermayer will show up at Ducks camp in September.

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Ducks Still Looking At The Playoffs, Kings Still Waiting

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks’ trades said they want to make the playoffs now. If they miss, which is likely, they have restocked enough talent and promise to rightly feel optimistic. They don’t have to rebuild from the ground up.

The Kings’ trade said fans who have endured four decades without a Cup title will have to wait again.

Wait two weeks to see Williams, twice a 30-goal scorer but a victim of knee, Achilles’ tendon and hand injuries the last two seasons.

Wait until next season for the team’s first playoff berth since 2002.

Wait for a day that never seems in sight.

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Pahlsson to the Blackhawks for Wisniewski

On TSN and elsewhere, it’s being reported that Sami Pahlsson has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for James Wisniewski

Update 4:03pm ET: Details available online now at TSN.

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Anaheim/Atlanta Trade

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We’re told Atlanta has dealt Erik Christenson to Anaheim in exchange for prospect Eric O’Dell—the Ducks’ second pick, 39th overall, last year.

added 3:29pm, TSN confirms.

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Bruins/Anaheim Trade Nokelainen and Montador

Bob McKenzie on TSN states that Boston Bruins have made a trade sending out Petteri Nokelainen to the Anaheim Ducks for Steve Montador.

added 12:56pm, TSN Link available.

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Pronger Off The Market

via Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray informed Chris Pronger and his agent Pat Morris his intention is not to move the all-star defenceman at the deadline, according to Sportsnet sources.

With the uncertainty over whether Scott Niedermayer will retire after this season, it’s believed Murray will hold off making further decisions on Pronger until the draft in Montreal in June.

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Niedermayer & O’Donnell Not Moving

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said Monday he will keep Scott Niedermayer, captain of the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team, and Kings GM Dean Lombardi said he will keep veteran Sean O’Donnell while trying to re-sign him.

Murray also indicated he might not deal prized defenseman Chris Pronger.

“Teams have interest but there has to be something to it that makes sense to us,” Murray said. “He’s playing very well and he and Scotty and [Ryan] Whitney give us a pretty good start on our defense right now.

“You’d listen to anything, but nothing has been thrown at me that’s exciting.”

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Hawks Should Be Looking at Pronger

From the RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune:

But still, this is a deal the Hawks have to press for. San Jose is looking at him, too, yet another reason the Hawks must make this happen.

The Hawks brought up Jack Skille for obvious trade showcasing and they also have some depth at young defensemen that should interest the Ducks, who apparently realized the window’s closed, they got their ring, time to reload.

The Hawks have made it clear that winning the Cup is why they’re here. From Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough on down, the object of the exercise is to win the Cup. NOW.

[Chris] Pronger would get this team closer than anyone might’ve believed. And whoa, look who’s coming into the United Center for a game Tuesday.

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Imagine Pronger & Chara Together

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Whatever fate awaits Pronger, any trade that would send the former Hart Trophy winner to Boston is among the top deals we’d like to see completed.

If you really love the sport, wouldn’t you want to witness the spectacle of Pronger and Zdeno Chara playing together on defence?

Pronger is 6-foot-6. Chara is 6-foot-8. Put them together, and you have 158 inches of the most intimidating defensive pairing the NHL may ever have seen.

Not since Larry Robinson and Gilles Lupien manned the blue line for the Montreal Canadiens would there have been such a towering duo on defence.

Eastern Conference rivals Montreal and Washington play a more finesse game and would find it difficult to deal with the combined muscle provided by Chara and Pronger, especially in a playoff series.

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Eye-Gouge Has Ott Facing Suspension

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Dallas Stars winger Steve Ott received a match penalty in a scrum that occurred immediately after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Anaheim and has been suspended awaiting a review Monday with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian.

Ott will not be able to play today (Sunday) against Pittsburgh.

A match penalty is given for deliberately injuring an opponent. Ott gouged Anaheim’s Travis Moen in the scrum.

“It was an accident. I didn’t mean to do it,” Ott said.

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