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from the Hockey News,
Is Teemu Selanne coming back to the Anaheim Ducks?
GM Brian Burke will not confirm it, but a source in Anaheim told thehockeynews.com Selanne could be back skating with the team as early as next week.
...here comes the Big Line!
from STATS Blog,
With the young kids putting up the points, no team won more games or picked up more points than the Ducks during their month-long surge.
Team Leaders in Points, Dec. 18-Jan. 18
Team. . . . . . .W-L-OTL. . . Points
Ana. . . . . . . . .12-2-1. . . . . . .25
Pit. . . . . . . . . 10-3-1. . . . . . .21
Det. . . . . . . . .10-4-1. . . . . . .21
Atl. . . . . . . . . .9-6-2. . . . . . .20
The Red Wings come calling Wednesday on a 20-4-2 run dating to Nov. 27. It’s a big test—against a key conference rival—to see if the Ducks have ditched the Stanley Cup hangover and are nearly ready for playoff hockey.
more on the Ducks…
from the Edmonton Journal,
There is no proof to back up NHL star Chris Pronger’s claim that someone in Edmonton burned his furniture, including his child’s crib, after he was traded from the Oilers in July 2006, says a spokesman for the hockey team.
“I think it’s horrible. . . . He offers no proof,” said Allan Watt, the Edmonton Oilers’ vice-president of communications.
The team’s security people, who are trained police officers, checked out the allegation, Watt said Friday.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
After all, those arguers argue, what could be better for the Ducks GM than to see the look on arch-enemy/Oilers counterpart Kevin Lowe’s face as Burke strides to the podium in Montreal this summer and takes a top-five – or better – prospect out of Edmonton’s hands?
Funny thing is, Burke doesn’t feel that way. At all.
“That (No. 1) pick is in play,” Burke told The Hockey News Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t listen to any team that expressed interest in it.”
read on and much more NHL talk…
Stealing and burning furniture, he said, did you hear it correctly?
One big mess regarding Chris Pronger on Jim Rome. Greg at the NHL Fanhouse breaks it all down….
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
But the main difference in the Ducks may be that the core of the team, its blue-line unit, is now even stronger. The trio of Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin that gobbled up all those minutes in 21 post-season matches last spring has an extra partner this season in veteran Mathieu Schneider.
Together, it may be the NHL’s top defence group.
Ottawa has attractive depth, Detroit has Nicklas Lidstrom and the league’s flashiest defensive numbers while Calgary is getting there with Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf.
But the Ducks’ quartet has talent, pedigree and experience, and you could even argue all four are playing as well as they ever have.
That includes the 38-year-old Schneider, added as a free agent from Detroit in July.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
“I think it’s a great idea to have player input, but the competition committee should report to the managers,” he said. “Which players are on the competition committee? Which group do they speak for? Sixty per cent of our league plays a certain kind of hockey, 10 per cent play a certain kind of hockey ... what’s the composition of that group, and what’s their goal? What are they trying to accomplish? Are they trying to do what’s best for their particular group?”
Currently, the players on the committee are Brendan Shanahan, Jarome Iginla, Trevor Linden, Marty Turco and Rob Blake. The GMs are David Poile (Nashville), Don Waddell (Atlanta), Bob Gainey (Montreal) and Burke’s arch-enemy, Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe. Philadelphia chairman Ed Snider rounds out the group.
“Players don’t vote for rule changes in any other sport,” said Burke. “So either we’re revolutionary, and it’s a great idea, or we’ve got it bass-ackwards. And I think we’ve got it bass-ackwards.”
from the OC Register,
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle hails from Sudbury, Ontario, the home province of Toronto, so it is safe to assume he was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan growing up rather than a Montreal Canadiens follower.
“Those were the days when it was French vs. English in northern Ontario,” Carlyle said. “It made for a natural rivalry.”...
“They’re easily the most recognizable hockey franchise,” he said. “Some people might argue Montreal. Having played there a number of years ago, and with the branding that’s taken place in the game, Toronto is front and center.”
from the LA Times,
Teemu Selanne said the only reason he has not retired is because he believes the Ducks have the pieces in place to win a second consecutive Stanley Cup and is trying to decide if he wants to be part of that.
“Every time I come to the games, I get really excited,” he said before attending Monday night’s home game against Nashville. “But when I go home, it’s with mixed feelings.”
Selanne, 37, said he is on a program where he’ll skate up to five days this week with the intention of making a final decision in “about two weeks.”
And if he does return, it will be with the Ducks and no one else.
“I have to know if I’m ready to start pushing it to get back to the level I want to be at,” said Selanne, who had 48 goals last season. “There’s no way I’m coming back at 90 or 95%. It has to be 100%.”
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