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At Least No Cracks In The Ice

The Staples Center in LA rocked a little last night.  LA Kings broadcasting team of Jim Fox and Bob Miller talk about it.

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Bobby Ryan Finally Settling In

from Chuck Gormley at NHL.com,

When Bobby Ryan was taken by the Anaheim Ducks with the second pick of the 2005 Entry Draft, he never dreamed he’d spend the next three years splitting time between Anaheim, Portland, Iowa and Bakersfield.

He never dreamed he’d be living in a hotel room while his truck was parked in a driveway hundreds of miles away.

He never dreamed he’d ask the team that drafted him to find a roster spot for him or find another team that would.

“It’s been a roller coaster, to say the least,” said Ryan, a talented 21-year-old forward who is finally realizing his potential after switching from right wing to left wing.

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Report- Brad May To The Leafs

Fan590 reporting Brad May will be a Leaf.  Toronto giving up a conditional pick.

added 12:36pm
, Confirmed by TSN.

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Ducks Plan To Play ‘Smart’ In 2nd Half

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Carlyle came away from a series of one-on-one meetings with players the past week with his own midseason assessment of where the team stands. Among the harsh realities are a November knee injury that knocked defenseman Francois Beauchemin out for the season, current injuries sidelining right wing Teemu Selanne and defenseman Kent Huskins, and a second-half schedule that is heavy on road games.

The Ducks have also been hurt by a maddening tendency to blow leads, particularly of late, and their continued propensity to take penalties. The Ducks have been short-handed 216 times, compared to their own power-play total of only 155, which accounts for by far the largest discrepancy in the league.

“We’ve found ways to give points away, and that cannot continue,” Carlyle said. “You have to be smart, and we have not been smart enough. That’s a criticism that’s pretty easy to make when you take the number of penalties that we take.”

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Corey Perry Suspended Four Games

NEW YORK (Jan. 3, 2009)—Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry has been suspended for four games, without pay, for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux during the third period of NHL Game #564 Friday night, the National Hockey League announced.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Perry will forfeit $114,516.12. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Perry will miss Anaheim’s game against Phoenix Jan. 4, the home-and-home series against Los Angeles Jan. 6 and 8, and versus Tampa Bay Jan. 9. He will be eligible to return Jan. 11 against New Jersey.

added 7:10pm, via Ducks Blog,

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Perry said. “That’s what the league came down with and you have to live with it. I came up with the elbow. I didn’t mean to hurt him … It’s a tough situation. The league is trying to crack down on hits (like that).”


I happened to see the elbox on the NHL Network today, and it was one of those useless elbows.  Perry caught Giroux by surprise, met him just inside the blueline away from the play, and delivered the elbow.  The camera from behind the net caught it since it was not near the play going on.

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It’s A Blackhawks/Ducks All-Star Game

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Three Blackhawks are set to be Western Conference starters Jan. 25 in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.

When fan voting closed at 7:59 p.m. Friday, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were leading the voting among forwards and Brian Campbell topped defensemen. The official announcement with final totals will be made Saturday….

The Anaheim Ducks would have the other three starters with Ryan Getzlaf third among forwards, Scott Niedermayer second among defensemen and Jean-Sebastien Giguere leading goaltenders.

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Huskins Out With Broken Foot

Ducks defenseman Kent Huskins will be out 2-3 weeks with a broken bone in his right foot, the Ducks announced today. Huskins played the entire game in a 2-0 loss Wednesday night to Columbus at Honda Center. But an MRI taken after the game revealed the injury

As a result, the Ducks recalled defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

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Bobby Ryan Making An Impression

from Matt Vevoda of AnaheimDucks.com,

Thrust onto the Finnish Flash’s spot on the second forward line and on the first power play unit, Ryan was given the burden of trying to emulate Selanne, who at the time of his injury was the team leader in goals and league leader in power play tallies.

The 21-year-old rookie has not disappointed. In the five games without Selanne (including the game against the Oilers, in which Selanne skated only one shift), Ryan has been on the scoresheet in each contest while netting two goals (both with the man advantage) and eight points. His current five-game point streak is the longest yet of his promising career. Also with his recent surge, Ryan has vaulted into a tie for sixth place among rookie scorers in the league despite playing at least 10 games fewer than anybody else in the top 10.

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This from the Stat Wizards at the Elias Sports Bureau…

Rookie Bobby Ryan assisted on the tying goal in the third period and scored the winning goal for the Ducks in their 4-3 victory in St. Louis last night. Ryan, who played 23 games for Anaheim last season but did not play his first game this season until Nov. 16, has scored 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 19 games) since being recalled from the American Hockey League—the highest point total over that span among all NHL rookies. Chicago’s Kris Versteeg is second with 16 points.

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Mediocre Ducks

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The now-completed pre-Christmas portion of the NHL schedule, usually a pretty good indicator of the league’s relative strength, reveals that the Ducks are far more pretenders than Stanley Cup contenders.

Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome supplied yet another damning piece of evidence that the Ducks, as currently constructed, are a middle-of-the-pack playoff team at best, one highly unlikely to make any significant noise come post-season play….

“Penalties (Monday) night and just some mistakes tonight,” Ducks right wing Rob Niedermayer said. “Everyone in here is playing real hard. It just seems to be that one mistake that’s killing us.

“We’re frustrated, especially losing the last two heading into the (Christmas) break — close games and against (conference) opponents. It’s tough. We have to find a way to make the other team make that mistake.”

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Can Better Hockey Socks Help Prevent Injuries?

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

It has taken a self-inflicted wound to keep Teemu Selanne from inflicting more pain on the Vancouver Canucks tonight at GM Place. It has also reopened debate within the NHL Players Association whether players are properly protected from razor-sharp blades penetrating ultra-thin uniforms….

“You think about the socks and how much that plays a role in it and how thin they are these days,” Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa said Sunday. “I know I’ve spoken about it to a few people on the NHLPA and hopefully it’s something they address.”

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