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From Derek Van Diest at the Edmonton Sun,
“I don’t remember much, I just remember falling back,” Cogliano said. “My visor was up obviously and I think he was just jumping over me and his skate came up and caught me. It was pretty scary I didn’t want to open my eye, I just wanted to hold my hand over it.”
Cogliano was sporting a pair of small cuts on his cheekbone.
[Rob] Blake was stepping over Cogliano when his back skate came up and caught him just under the eye. Cogliano was back in the lineup yesterday against the Anaheim Ducks.
“There wasn’t a lot of blood, but for the most part it was a pretty scary incident,” Cogliano said. “My head was tilted backwards and that’s why his skate was able to get under my visor.”
From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
The juicy subplot to Sunday’s game between the Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers seemed certain to come to a head.
But there was no shouting match or chance public encounter between the Ducks’ Brian Burke and the Oilers’ Kevin Lowe, the teams’ bickering general managers who avoided each other even as the NHL dispatched extra security because of the tension between the two.
And the subject of the controversial offer sheet at the heart of that tension, Dustin Penner, did little in his first appearance at Honda Center since he skated around the ice with the Stanley Cup in June.
(*the NHL sent extra security for those guys?! Wow)
from the LA Times,
All 30 teams are recognizing one home game in October as Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night and the Ducks are doing their part tonight to raise money to benefit the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
But 23-year-old (Drew) Miller already has a long history with his work in that area. During his sophomore and junior seasons at Michigan State, the winger started a program called Spartan Buddies, in which many of the school’s student-athletes made visits to children in the hospital.
The program has continued after Miller left school to turn pro.
read on (reg. req.)
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
While it’s too early to say the Ducks are on the same path as the Canes were last year in following up their Cup victory by missing the post-season tournament, there are some similarities, and falling from 52 to 40 wins was enough for Carolina to accomplish that dubious feat.
Interestingly, the Ducks – who may get Bertuzzi and Schneider back next week – are off to a slightly worse start than were the Hurricanes a year ago after the same number of games, and because Randy Carlyle’s team plays in a much tougher division, the slow start could be equally deadly.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, hasn’t won a playoff series since it won it all in 2004. These days, with the salary cap and free agency a tough challenge for all quality teams, being the NHL champ seems to be a precursor to tough times.
from the OC Register,
So what is likely to happen if Burke and Lowe cross paths Sunday in the press box?
“I assume we will,” Burke said. “His booth is right next to mine. I sit down. He sits down. And the puck drops.”
By his account, Burke “always” stops by the visiting general manager’s quarters to at least exchange pleasantries.
“Not a chance,” he said.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks are optimistic that Getzlaf, Rob Niedermayer and even Bertuzzi and Schneider will be back in the lineup relatively soon. Still, there are significant issues, especially with the shortage of offensive-minded forwards. It seems that the best-case scenario for the Ducks is to just try to hang in there, nail down a playoff berth, which is by no means a sure thing, and hope they can get things together in time for a post-season run.
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
The Ducks will be without injured forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Rob Niedermayer for tonight’s home game against the Phoenix Coyotes as the team tries to end a two-game losing streak.
Both will miss their first game of the season and they remain questionable for Sunday’s home game against Edmonton. Getzlaf is listed with a strained forearm; Niedermayer has a groin injury.
Chris Pronger appeared on “Rome is Burning” yesterday.
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from the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
While not denying that the apparent concussion suffered by newly acquired winger Todd Bertuzzi in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the visiting Minnesota Wild “puts pressure on other people,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle chose to look at the club’s latest problem another way. With a matchup against the powerful Detroit Red Wings on tap Monday night at Honda Center, Carlyle challenged his players to each raise their game by “10 percent.” Certainly, the Ducks are hurting. They are short a winger legitimately capable of playing on the first or second line, and will be short two as long as Bertuzzi is sidelined.
From the LA Times,
One of the unique spoils of winning the NHL’s Stanley Cup is that each player on the championship team gets to take the trophy anywhere he wants. [...]
This summer, Los Angeles Times photographer Robert Gauthier traveled across the U.S. and to Sweden, Finland and Canada with the Ducks players to document the cup’s journey. As a lifelong hockey player, the shot of fan-favorite Teemu Selanne hoisting the cup before a Helsinki crowd of 10,000 made me misty-eyed.
You can view Gauthier’s audio slideshow here.*
*that link should pop up. If not, the direct page link is here. It also provides numerous, additional audio slideshows.
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