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Ducks have a 6:30pm PT press conference called. Any ideas?
Update 5:50pm ET: From Adam Brady at Ducks Blog,
Now, let me mix in the biggest development of the day. Word has it there will be a press conference tonight at Honda Center just before the game in which Brian Burke will announce ... something. We will report on that press conference immediately after it’s complete and let you know what the announcement is. Spoiler alert: I’m told Scotty’s’ coming back.
“I’m excited to be rejoining my teammates and getting back on the ice,” said Niedermayer. “I would like to thank the Samuelis, Brian Burke and especially my teammates for their patience while I wrestled with this very difficult decision.”
more at the Ducks website…
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Truth be told, the player the Ducks would most like to ship out is Todd Marchant who earns $2.517 million - too much for what he brings to the table as a fourth-line checking forward. Who would take Marchant, up front, at the figure? No one. That’s why the Ducks might need to get creative to make a deal happen. Someone with salary-cap space might take Marchant off their hands, provided Anaheim sweetened the deal by including their own 2008 first-round choice in the transaction.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Could this be the week Scott Niedermayer ends his retirement and returns to the Anaheim Ducks?
It’s beginning to look that way.
Sources close to Niedermayer suggest he is prepared to return to the NHL team in the near future.
from the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Todd Marchant admitted it was a tough pill to swallow Sunday when he was a healthy scratch for only the second time in his 14-year career.
“As a player, I’m not happy about it, but the only thing I can do is control what I can control,”
Marchant has been moved around the forward spots and played on mulitple lines this season. Coach Randy Carlyle said he would like to see more tenacity from Marchant, a former Olympian who has been known as one of the faster skaters in the NHL.
“Todd Marchant’s a skating hockey player, and he’s got to be on the puck all the time,” Carlyle said. “My expectations for our whole group are that we have to more of a skating group.”
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Burke has always been a blunderbuss - Don Cherry with a law degree.
In the wake of Anaheim’s Stanley Cup win last spring, he’s morphed into a blowhard who believes he’s a genius - but a genius who doesn’t look half as smart without Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne.
more and some Wings/Canadiens talk too…
The Anaheim Ducks assigned center Mark Mowers to SC Bern of the Swiss National League prior to Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Acquired from the Boston Bruins via trade in September, the 33-year-old scored one goal in 17 games with Anaheim this season.
from the Vancouver Province,
All the guy does is play 28 minutes a night until the playoffs. Then he really gets to work and he kicks it up a notch. He always gets better as the season goes along and his team, no matter what team he plays for, always has a chance to do something in the post-season. He’s so good and has been for so long, he’s just expected to be great every night, every year with no fanfare, unless it’s provided by the opposing crowd.
“He’s been terrific this year again,” says Ducks GM Brian Burke of the defenceman he landed from Edmonton 18 months ago to make a Cup in Anaheim last year a reality. “He’s stepped into the leadership void left by (Scott Niedermayer’s) loss and filled it nicely. He’s always steady, great every night ... just terrific.”
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
After a few skating drills at the end, Carlyle called everyone together for a lengthy on-ice discussion.
“It was their practice,” Carlyle said. “My speech was more about how they’re going to be judged on how we perform tomorrow. We can’t change what we did last night. It wasn’t enough. We understand that. Now we’re moving to prepare for tomorrow. We felt giving them ownership of practice today was one of the methods that can lighten the day because we’re pretty down in the mouth about what happened last night.”
from the LA Times,
Ducks General Manager Brian Burke took the time Tuesday morning to address speculation out of Toronto about a job that, at least for the moment, isn’t even open….
“You guys know my view on some members of the media,” Burke said. “Some of the stuff they write is just . . . I’ve said it a million times and it’s true. It can only be ascribed to a drug-induced fantasy.”...
“I can’t say it any more clearly,” he said. “We want to stay in Anaheim. My wife and I want to stay there.”
more (reg. req.)
From Don McGowan at CanWest News,
The 27-year-old Russian, who had played his entire NHL_career with the Ducks, was touched when the Anaheim crowd applauded him as his career highlights were displayed on the Honda Center video screen.
“The crowd stood up and gave me cheering,” said Bryzgalov, who was named Tuesday as the NHL’s No. 2 star of the week ending Nov. 25. “This was a great moment. I started a bit of crying because I don’t expect 17,000 people to stand up and start cheering. It was a great moment.”
That’s where the sentimentality ended. Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots and two more in overtime as the Coyotes beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 4-3.
“We are all professionals,” Bryzgalov said. “We came to (Anaheim) to win this game. Right now, I play for the Coyotes, so no friends on the ice. We have to beat this team. We need the points. No sharing.”
more… *highlights from Bryzgalov’s NHL press conference call today
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