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Why All The Trade Talk?

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

They could expand the Pronger trade talks to ask for a higher-paid veteran. Or they could be a major free agent customer in the summer.

Defensemen Jay Bouwmeester (Florida), Jordan Leopold (Colorado) and Mike Komisarek (Montreal) will be out there, as well as some interesting forwards like Brian Gionta (New Jersey), Daniel and Henrik Sedin (Vancouver). Or Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa (Detroit).

In anticipation of economic woes and perhaps a lost season, the Ducks are freezing prices on everything, including parking and concessions, for ‘09-‘10.

But isn’t it still Feb. 24? Aren’t there 21 games left?

Sure, the Ducks have a games-in-hand problem and a general lethargy problem, but they are only five points out of the No. 5 seed in the West.

Why give up totally on a team that has so many playoff merit badges, so much perceived star power?

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Ducks GM Thinking Of Next Season

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“No matter what, I have to listen, to anything that gives us a chance to be a better team next year,” Murray said. “I’m not about just getting in the playoffs and then losing in the first round. It’s about getting in and being capable of winning.”

Even if the Ducks were to sneak into the playoffs, they would appear likely to be seeded seventh or eighth and face a daunting opening-round challenge against a powerhouse foe such as the defending champion Detroit Red Wings or San Jose Sharks. The idea of making a deep post-season run, then, appears dubious at best.

“I’m losing thoughts of that,” Murray said. ” I thought some spark might come, some passion, some chemistry. It hasn’t happened. It hasn’t happened yet.”

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Dream Comes True For Salcido

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

On the same night Brian Salcido of Hermosa Beach made his NHL debut as a member of the Ducks’ defense corps, veteran defenseman Chris Pronger played his 1,000th NHL game.

Salcido, promoted from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday, was teased by teammates about being 999 games behind Pronger on the longevity list. Salcido, a fifth-round choice by the Ducks in the 2005 entry draft, didn’t mind the jokes.

“A thousand seems like so many games,” he said by telephone from Detroit after the Ducks’ 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.

“This is my first one here. I’m just hoping for my second one right now.”...

“This has been a dream of mine,” said Salcido, who left home at 15 to play at Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school and played three years at Colorado College.

“I was definitely thinking of my dad and my mom taking me to the rink when I was young. This was special for us as a family.”

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Wonder How This Will Play Out?

from Adam Brady at AnaheimDucks.com,

Meanwhile, from the Incredibly Awkward Department, Chris Pronger will be playing his 1,000th game tonight and may become the first player in NHL history to be soundly booed when the achievement is recognized tonight. The Red Wings have indicated they will pay tribute to the milestone during the first TV timeout.

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Crucial Road Trip For Ducks

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

They begin a six-game road trip Friday night in Detroit, a critical juncture in their season that will very much determine what Ducks GM Bob Murray does before the trade deadline.

“Obviously, we haven’t had the success that we were anticipating, or that’s required,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle told ESPN.com on Thursday night from Detroit. “It’s as simple as that. For whatever reason, we’re in the situation we’re in. “This road trip is basically going to determine whether we are buyers or sellers.”

When Murray replaced the Toronto-bound Brian Burke as Ducks GM in November, he addressed the players and told them their performance would dictate what would happen going forward in terms of contract extensions or trades. Their inconsistent play and ultimate dip in the standings is pushing Murray perilously close to the latter.

The road trip, which also stops in Columbus, Buffalo, Boston, Dallas and Chicago (all playoff teams), concludes March 3, the eve of the trade deadline. By the time the Ducks next play at home on March 6, who knows what the team will look like.

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Kings, Ducks Going In Opposite Directions

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Even though the Kings were 4-3 winners over the Ducks on Wednesday at a far-from-sold out Honda Center, showing pluck and patience after they squandered a 2-0 lead, they have too many shootout losses and not enough wins to think they can leap several spots in the tight West playoff scramble.

The Kings likely will finish a few points out of the top eight and that’s not a bad fate. They’re playing pressure games for the first time as a team—many players for the first time in their NHL careers—and they can only get better for it.

“It was probably one of the more important games in our franchise history the last five, six years,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, who gave the Kings a 2-0 lead at 9 minutes 18 seconds of the first period.

These teams have passed while moving in opposite directions, the Ducks disintegrating more quickly than the Kings are maturing.

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Ducks Need Points

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“We’re in a situation where if we don’t get points, it’s a grim outlook,” Coach Randy Carlyle said.

With the NHL trade deadline looming March 4, it is by no means a stretch to think a number of Ducks might have played their final home game at Honda Center. Having seen the club go from Stanley Cup champions to potentially missing the post-season in only two years, General Manager Bob Murray is undoubtedly considering dramatic personnel moves in an effort to re-tool the team sooner rather than later.

“That’s really not up to us,” Niedermayer said. “Our job is to go out there and compete and focus on being a good hockey club here, and I think that’s what we’ll do. So I don’t expect anything.”

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Pahlsson Out With Mononucleosis

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Center Sammy Pahlsson, out of the Ducks’ lineup since Feb. 2, has mononucleosis and is week to week, a club spokesman said after the team’s game-day skate in advance of tonight’s game against the Kings at the Honda Center.

The Ducks had previously said only that he had a viral infection.

Pahlsson, a valuable two-way player who has centered the Ducks’ stopper line with Travis Moen and Rob Niedermayer the last few seasons, will be examined again next Tuesday. He can’t skate again until he’s cleared medically, and after that would need another week or so to get in shape.

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Ducks Talk After Loss To Atlanta

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“Everything that you don’t want to happen happened,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, who finished minus-4. “It’s a frustrating night to be a part of. I know I made my share of mistakes. Where it has to start is I have to be better, and we’ll go from there.”

Marchant and Pronger, whose name has been the subject of much potential-trade speculation, agreed that the pre-game, locker-room mood was seemingly no different than before recent games the Ducks have won. And yet …

“Now we’re back to the same old adage — up and down like a yo-yo with our inconsistent play,” Pronger said. “We have to be more desperate. We have to be a team that is more determined. We have to act like it’s do-or-die, and we’re just not doing that.”

And if the players had no rational explanation for the most ugly loss of the season at a most inopportune time, neither did Coach Randy Carlyle.

“You bang your head against the wall and try to figure out how we could perform to the level we performed,” he said.

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added 8:45am, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks began this season thinking this core group had one more sustained playoff run left in it.

There’s little reason to believe that anymore. First, they’d have to make the playoffs—and at this rate, it’s not going to happen.

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Morning Line

Just so I have this straight, NHL: A Corey Perry elbow to the head gets four games, biting another player gets two, uttering the phrase “sloppy seconds” to reporters gets six and an elbow to the face that breaks another player’s nose gets ignored. Okay, got it.

I can’t help but think if the same hit had been delivered by a guy wearing a Ducks uniform (more to the point, wearing a Ducks uniform with the number 25 on the back), that he would have gotten docked at least four games. But maybe that’s just me.

Then again, it’s probably not just me.

-Adam Brady of Duck Blog at AnaheimDucks.com where you can read more on the Ducks.

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