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From the Bear Essentials at Bruins.com,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that the team has acquired defenseman Shane Hnidy and a sixth round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Brandon Bochenski.
Update 6:08pm ET: Press release here.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On Sunday, the Ducks became the first NHL team to reach the mid-point of the season — and while they were technically in eighth spot in the Western Conference, most of the teams chasing them held three-to-five games in hand. Prorated over the course of a full season, their 43 points in 41 games is unlikely to be enough to get them into the playoffs. So they need to make a surge, and with five of their next six games at home, and with checking centre Sami Pahlsson scheduled to return to the line-up, this would be a good time to start the turnaround.
The identity of the team is still evolving, but it is clear they will be playing in a lot of low-scoring games from here on in, barring the return of Teemu Selanne or a deal at the deadline to add a goal-scorer - given the strength of their defensive corps, from Niedermayer and Chris Pronger to Schneider and Francois Beauchemin and their comparatively limited offensive personnel.
read on... and remember that internet rumor junk that was floating around, “if you knew the real reason why Niedermayer wants to retire, you would understand”?, well, in the article from Eric, Scott says he just wanted to make sure he wanted to play again, no conspiracy theories…
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks will be without their top checking center and best faceoff man for their upcoming three-game road trip.
Samuel Pahlsson will stay in Orange County to rehabilitate an abdominal injury while the team plays Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver in the next four days, Coach Randy Carlyle said.
from the OC Register,
The Ducks are counting on the puck-moving ability of Niedermayer, Pronger, Schneider and Beauchemin, as well as the addition of Weight and Ryan, to boost a group of forwards that has been lacking in offensive balance all season.
Weight, expected to play against the Sharks despite not having arrived from St. Louis in time for Saturday’s practice, is a premier playmaker who had seen diminished ice time this season under Blues coach Andy Murray. The Ducks are hopeful Weight will click with winger Todd Bertuzzi, or perhaps Chris Kunitz, if Carlyle should opt to play Bertuzzi on the top line with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry.
more on the Ducks…
While Burke did manufacture a team that quickly became a Stanley Cup champion, he has almost as quickly allowed it to slip back into mediocrity.
Empty Netters tells you why…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
...the fact that the Ducks opted to trade McDonald, a centre, as opposed to a defenceman such as Sean O’Donnell or Shane Hnidy or Mathieu Schneider, did come as something of a surprise.
Some may look at the trade and decide that the Ducks aren’t as good now with Weight as they were with McDonald.
Fair enough, that is not an illogical face-value assessment, even though McDonald’s numbers are way down this season.
But in the grand scheme of things, this McDonald trade is precisely what the doctor ordered for the Ducks and will help the organization in ways you don’t immediately see.
Now, if you believed Corey Perry was going to be moved, or there was even some talk of him being moved, then you probably should not be reading this. Go back to the drama queen channel, you may find something you like there.
Brian Burke held a little media scrum before the game tonight and says he needs to make one more small move, after the holidays, which will allow the Ducks to look at extending Corey Perry. He mentioned signing Perry is a top priority and hopes to get it done.
Doug Weight is on his way to the West coast as the Blues have traded the playmaker to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy McDonald.
Update 7:43pm ET: (edited at 7:54pm)
From the St. Louis Blues:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired forward Andy McDonald from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Doug Weight, Michal Birner and a 7th round draft choice in 2008.
“We’re excited to add a top caliber forward to our hockey team,” said Davidson. “Doug is a true professional and we would like to thank him and his wife Allison for the time and dedication they have provided to the St. Louis Blues.”
Update 8:01pm ET:
From the Anaheim Ducks,
“Andy McDonald has been a great contributor for us over the last few seasons, and we thank him for the tremendous work ethic and character he brought to our club,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “At the same time, we are pleased to add one of the most dynamic passers in the NHL today with Doug Weight. His production and leadership during his NHL and international career speak for themselves.”
*Credit to a post yesterday by Ericnut at HF Boards, for apparently putting this deal online 24 hours before anyone else. Nice job.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Burke said Friday afternoon he is considering offers from a total four teams for a combination of players, with the most recent team joining the fray Friday morning.
It’s possible the deal could be done within hours, but Burke said there is no urgency to make a deal because Niedermayer likely won’t play tonight.
“We have offers on multiple guys,” Burke told thehockeynews.com. “We’re sorting through offers and we’re trying to do the best thing. I don’t think Scotty is playing tonight so there’s no time sensitivity other than I think it’s affecting our team.”
From Chris Pronger at The Hockey News,
There are those who wondered about Scott’s decision to take time off, but not his teammates. We understood and so did our fans. Anaheim Ducks fans are delighted Scott has decided to play again. They enjoy the way he plays.
Scott has the right to retire or play, regardless of his contract situation. What some people forget is, when we sign with a team, that team has the right to play us, not play us, put us on waivers, send us down or trade us. Teams own your rights; they don’t own your soul.
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