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If The Ducks Became Sellers

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

Rather than targeting draft picks, Murray would be more likely to seek established players in their early to mid-20s. Certainly, the commodities that might bring the most in return would be former Norris Trophy-winning defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Neither has been nearly as dominant as in seasons past, but might be very attractive to teams looking for the final piece to a potential Stanley Cup puzzle.

Niedermayer, the team captain who stands to become an unrestricted free agent, has given no commitment to playing beyond this season, but could remain extremely valuable as the Ducks attempt to break in a younger group of defensemen. Pronger has one year, at $6.25 million, remaining on his contract.

“I’m certainly aware of it,” Pronger said. “We have to start doing whatever it’s going to take to win hockey games. If we don’t, then we’re forcing their hand and they will be forced to move guys, obviously. They’re not going to just sit there and watch.”

more on the Ducks…

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Chemistry Issue In Anaheim

from J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News,

Ducks general manager Bob Murray will decide sometime over the next month whether to tear his team down for the future, or build it up for one more Stanley Cup run.

With time to reflect at the All-Star break, and just 31days remaining before the March 4 trade deadline, he’s not sure which direction to go. In a telephone interview Sunday from Chicago, Murray said he’s just as confused as anybody about why the team has made the decision so tough.

“Something’s not right in the dressing room,” he said. “Within that group of players, it doesn’t for some reason lend itself to the team coming and playing with enthusiasm. There’s no energy. That could be a chemistry issue.”

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Giguere Thinking Of His Father

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The crowd at the Bell Centre today will roar for one of its own, the hometown kid who made it big in the NHL and brought the Stanley Cup back to Montreal—though only for a visit—in the summer of 2007.

But when the starters are announced for today’s All-Star game and Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s name is called for the West, the Ducks’ goaltender will be looking for someone who is not there, listening for a voice that was silenced too soon.

Giguere’s father, Claude, who bought the second-hand gear that launched his youngest son’s hockey career, died on Dec. 15 after valiantly fighting cancer that began in his colon and spread throughout his body. Claude rallied after J.S. visited him in late November but the disease won out before he could see his son’s All-Star moment.

“But I know he’s going to be there, somewhere, watching,” Giguere said. “He’s no stranger to me being there, too, I think. You’ve got to believe that he’ll be there.”

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Surgery Performed On Huskins

via AnaheimDucks.com,

Ducks defenseman Kent Huskins had a CT scan on Thursday which revealed his fractured right foot was not healing up to the doctor’s expectations. Earlier today, Huskins had surgery to stabilize the fracture by inserting two screws into the ankle. The surgery was performed by Dr. Ken Jung at the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles. Huskins will be out an additional 4-6 weeks.

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Is Carlyle On The Hot Seat?

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

I haven’t heard one peep about whether Randy Carlyle is entering his final days or weeks as the Ducks coach.

Nor do I think he should be the main blame target for this long outbreak of mediocrity. The Ducks have been plagued by vacations, injuries, suspensions and just lackluster play over the past season and a half. In spurts they still remember how they did it in 2007.

But just take a glance at the All-Star break standings.

There are our heroes, in 8th place in the West. They have 51 points (as do sixth-seeded Edmonton and seventh-seeded Vancouver) and are 22 behind San Jose.

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Ducks Need To Worry About The Future

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle sought a “jolt” for the team when he lifted Giguere, but also said both Islanders goals were “stoppable pucks.”

Giguere, who had won his previous four decisions, is 1-5-2 with a 3.68 goals-against average and .876 save percentage since leaving the team a second time and ultimately returning just before Christmas following the death of his father, Claude.

“We didn’t want to go on the break losing that game,” Giguere said. “Personally, I wanted to have a better effort, for sure.”

With only five victories in their past 16 games, the Ducks have fallen into a tie with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks for sixth place in the West, but have played more games than both teams, as well as at least two and as many as four more than all seven clubs below them in the standings.

“We have to use the break, take a step back and not worry too much about what has happened, but worry about what’s coming up,” Giguere said. “It’s going to be a good four days for us to do that. I’m the first one who should do that.”

more on the Ducks and their loss to the Islanders Wednesday night…

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Ducks Must Focus On Winning

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

The Ducks might need a group rate with a top-notch psychologist if they spent much time comparing and contrasting their efforts in Friday’s dreary 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh and Saturday’s snappy 3-0 triumph at Minnesota.

Then again, if they don’t quickly find a way to duplicate more of the latter and minimize the former, the Ducks will be out of their misery come Stanley Cup playoff time.

Tied with Phoenix for fifth place in the NHL’s Western Conference, the Ducks remain in precarious position because of the jumble of clubs bunched closely behind.

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Forget The Penguins, Think About The Ducks

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.

No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.

The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?

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Broken Finger Sidelines Todd Marchant

via the Anaheim Ducks,

Todd Marchant will be out 2 weeks with a fractured finger on his left hand. Doctors tried to place a pin in the hand yesterday, but due to the nature of the injury it was not feasible.

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Hockey Play?

from Greg Wyshynski aka Puck Daddy,

Chris Pronger of the Anaheim Ducks has eight suspensions (and as far as we know, zero NHL-mandated anger management therapy sessions) to his credit. Last night against the New Jersey Devils, Pronger once again had a questionable hit, this time on Zach Parise at the end of the game:

continued with video and I swear I have seen that type of hit before!

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