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All Chris Pronger

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Q: There’s a blog entry on your Web site where you wrote, “We have been written off for dead by many members of the media and fans throughout the league.” Why would you think that people would write this team off?

A: It’s more who’s the hot team in the league. Everybody’s talking about Detroit. San Jose’s made all these moves. For us, it’s going to be pretty good. We were media darlings a couple of years ago. Last year with everything surrounding Teemu (Selanne) and Scotty (Niedermayer) we were kind of in the limelight again…To come in under the radar, I think’s going to be pretty good for us. We’ve had 4-5 months to get our heads screwed on straight after a disappointing end to last year.

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Ducks Could Still Have Trouble Signing Selanne

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

What appears clear is that unless the Ducks are fortunate and another club claims Schneider, or they go an entirely different direction and trade another player or group of players, it is going to be very difficult to clear enough cap space to sign Selanne. It could come down to the Ducks being able to offer Selanne little more than the NHL’s minimum salary, say $500,000, which might prove once and for all Selanne’s long-held contention that money is nowhere near the top of his priority list.


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Schneider On Waivers

via Kevin Allen at Mucking & Grinding,

The Anaheim Ducks, needing to trim payroll, have placed defenseman Mathieu Schneider on waivers with the expectation that a team will claim him and $5.75 million salary for this season.

Once they move Schneider off the books, the Ducks are expected to re-sign Teemu Selanne.

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No Decision For Ducks Captain

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Scott Niedermayer or Chris Pronger?

Those seem to be the obvious candidates to serve as Ducks captain this season, but Coach Randy Carlyle wasn’t ready to make that call Saturday while watching a collection of the organization’s top prospects practice at Honda Center.

“That’s something that I will discuss further with our management, with Brian Burke, with Bob Murray, and I will make a decision on that probably just before the season starts,” Carlyle said. “It’s open to a certain amount of discussion.”

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Kings/Ducks Deal Makes Sense

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Ducks General Manager Brian Burke said Friday from his Anaheim office that he and his King counterpart, Dean Lombardi, have discussed a trade “but nothing lines up yet.”

Lombardi, reached at the Kings’ training base in El Segundo, wouldn’t confirm he had talked to the Ducks. Speaking generally, he said he’s still looking for an experienced defenseman and has been getting a lot of phone calls from fellow GMs.

“I’m a fairly popular guy because I have all this space and a lot of teams are pushing the cap,” he said.

“I’ve always said there are three levels of deals—kick the tires, matching needs and the finer strokes. We have a number of things at level B but we’re still not quite there. Something can always come up during camp. We’re OK right now.”


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The Franchise

from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

Burke calls him the “big dog” and expects him to one day succeed Chris Pronger as captain. Many players have taken to calling Getzlaf, “The Franchise.”

There are those who believe that Getzlaf, with his size and vast array of skills, can join Crosby and Ovechkin in the ranks of superstardom. Both Burke and coach Randy Carlyle have said that Getzlaf “can be as good as he wants to be.”

“In the NHL, the challenge is to be able to play to that level day in and day out,” Carlyle said. “To practice to that high level day in and day out.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked. We’ve had very, very few valleys with Ryan Getzlaf. We’ve had some peaks and maybe he’s taken a step back every once in a while. All in all, you’ve got to be very satisfied and very happy with his progress.”


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Pleading Doesn’t Work for Samueli

From Reuters,

A California judge on Monday rejected a proposed plea agreement sentence of probation and a fine for Broadcom Corp co-founder Henry Samueli as too lenient, and postponed the sentencing until later this month.

Samueli, 53, pleaded guilty in June to a charge of making a materially false statement to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigators, following the company’s restatement last year of $2 billion in compensation expenses.


A story by the Associated Press further states that the judge’s written ruling expressed concern that to allow this deal would erode the public’s trust in the judicial system. 

The original deal had “recommended that Samueli get five years probation and pay at least $12 million in penalties.”  But today’s ruling means that that Samueli—owner of the Anaheim Ducks—may in fact “warrant a significant prison sentence,” according to the Reuters report.

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Ducks Need Cap Relief To Sign Selanne

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“There has been no change in our situation,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said Tuesday. “We’re still evaluating different options. We’re not in position to do anything with Teemu at this point in time. That may change. We’ll see.”

The issues are no different than they have been for nearly two months, with the Ducks more than $2 million over the NHL’s $56.7 million salary cap. Until they find a way to clear that hurdle, the Ducks can’t sign Selanne.


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Shanahan May Have Other Options

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“My priority remains signing with the Rangers and finishing the job I came here to do two years ago. I’ve spoken with Tom [Renney] and have told him that I’m willing to accept whatever role he thinks is best for the team.

“I want to stay in New York because I believe I can contribute, but if that door closes, I’ll have some other interesting options to consider.”

The most interesting of which might be the opportunity for the 39-year-old winger to move west and join the Ducks. It is believed that Anaheim general manager Brian Burke reached out last week to Shanahan, the Rangers’ third-leading goal-scorer with 23 last season behind 25-goal-scoring co-leaders Jaromir Jagr and Chris Drury.

more on Shanahan…

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Morrison Happy With Knee Progress

from the OC Register,

(Brendan) Morrison spoke via cell phone near the Canadian border as he and his family prepared to move from Vancouver to Orange County to start a new phase of his career with a surgically repaired right knee.

The 11-year veteran has begun a skating program and said he should be ready for the start of training camp Sept.20. Actually, Morrison knows he won’t truly be ready until he gets that first taste of contact.

But he is pleased with his recovery from season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL on April 7.

“I’m in as good a shape as I can be with my knee,” he said. “I’ve got a little ways to go — I’m not going to fool anybody. But my doctor did as good a job as possible to get me ready.”

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