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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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Evening Line

“Well without beating around the bush i will get straight ot the point.  There have been many, many trade rumors regarding my name over the past month or so.  Let’s get something straight i have not asked for a trade nor will i ask for a trade.  In my opinion i believe the rumors are part of an overzealous group of reporters who are putting the Ducks in the “sellers” category at the trade deadline and trying to drum up fan interest in there stories and TV shows.<..."

-Chris Pronger.  More at ChrisPronger.com

Randy Youngman has more at the OC Register and thanks to Ducks Blog for the pointers….

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Bobby Ryan Talks Kyle Turris

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I’ve played against Kyle numerous times and I’ve seen him play, he’s going to have a heck of a career,” Anaheim Ducks rookie Bobby Ryan told ESPN.com. “Depending on how long he’s down there, he’s going to be able to learn to be a pro in a less stressful environment and that’s certainly going to do nothing but good things for him.”

Ryan, who has exploded with a huge rookie season since his mid-November call-up from the AHL, understands how Turris may be feeling right now, given the high expectations. Turris went third overall in the 2007 NHL draft, while Ryan went second overall in 2005. Be patient, Ryan’s advice was to Turris.

“I think it’s a very important step to take, to spend some time in the minor leagues,” continued Ryan, who turns 22 next month. “You learn a little bit about yourself and you learn a little bit about yourself as a player. There’s ups and downs with that. It’s emotional. You want to play at the highest level, but there is a time frame that you spend down there [in the AHL] and you get to breathe a little easier and certainly progress.”

read on

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Ebbett Talks About The Phaneuf Hit

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

After taking part in a loose practice session during the club’s annual “First Flight” field trip for elementary-school students Thursday at Honda Center, Ducks rookie center Andrew Ebbett talked about the hit to the head he took from Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf the night before.

Sporting a broken nose, courtesy of the shot delivered by Phaneuf late in the second period of the Ducks’ 3-2, overtime victory, Ebbett considered himself fortunate he didn’t incur further damage.

“It doesn’t feel that good this morning,” Ebbett said. “Luckily, it didn’t give me a concussion or anything — I hope. The nose is just kind of throbbing.”

Ebbett related his recollection of the play near the Calgary blue line.

“I saw him coming, dumped it (the puck) by him,” Ebbett said. “I thought I had the inside track on him, to get on the inside. The last thing I saw was his arm kind of coming up. Watching the replay, it looks more like an elbow than a shoulder to me.”

continued and the only video of the hit I could find can be seen below…

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Bobby Ryan Enjoying The Season In Anaheim

from Bobby Ryan at AnaheimDucks.com,

I’m having a blast. Outside of the success I’ve had this year, you still get to come to the rink every day and play hockey. You’re playing a game every day. That’s pretty incredible.

I’ve gotten a little bit of everything from the fans since I’ve been here. There have been phone numbers handed to me at events. I’ve had fans wait at the hotel for me after games, because they know all the rookies are staying there. One girl wrote me a poem that she made me read out loud back to her. It’s flattering and it’s nice to be noticed. It’s been fun spending time with our fans and they’re second to none.

continued

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Selanne Trying To Put The Power Back In His Play

from Curtis Zupke at Ducks Blog,

Teemu Selanne has had enough injuries in his career that he knows it takes time to re-gain what has been lost.

In his case, he is trying to build up his quadiceps muscle after he missed five weeks with a laceration to the leg.

“Obviously the strength is not back,” Selanne said. “It’s funny how much muscle you lose when you don’t use it in 2-3 weeks.”

Selanne has played six games since his return from the injury and has yet to score a power play goal. He had an NHL-leading 13 power play goals in his first 27 games but has none in his past 12.

His drought is a microcosm of the Ducks, who are 0-for-9 on the power play over their past three games - the first time they have gone three games without a power play goal since an 0-11 span in mid-December.

continued

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Brian Burke On Chris Pronger

Brian Burke appeared on Fan590 about an hour ago.  Burke talked Leafs and then was asked about the Pronger to Toronto rumors.  His response, “He is not coming here, not a chance.”

Burke then went on to say the package Anaheim GM Bob Murray would get for Pronger is a “#1 pick and a kid.”  I found it a bit interesting Burke did not say if he is traded, but instead just said this is the type of package Anaheim will get for Pronger.

You can listen here and the Pronger topic starts at the 7:20 mark..

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Pahlsson Out With Viral Infection

via the Anaheim Ducks,

Ducks center Samuel Pahlsson has been diagnosed with a minor viral infection and will be a out minimum of two weeks.

Pahlsson was scratched from Anaheim’s 3-2 victory over Buffalo at Honda Center on Monday night after complaining of an illness. It was the first game he had missed all season. He was examined Tuesday morning and did not accompany the team to Minnesota for the start of its three-game road trip.

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Ducks Giving Giguere Time To Find His Game

from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“What we’re trying to do is give Giguere an opportunity to do what he has to do to get his game back,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Monday night. “The guy is going through a huge loss in his life. He lost his father. We feel we have to give him the time and space, try to create an environment around him that allows him some time. That’s the most important thing. We think this is the best route to take in this situation, and we’re going to live with it….”

more

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Ducks Sign Parros to 3 Year Extension

From the Anaheim Ducks:

The Ducks announced today that they have signed right wing George Parros to a three-year contract extension. The new contract will keep Parros with Anaheim through the end of the 2011-12 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

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