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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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Selanne Out 4-6 Weeks

via a press release from the Anaheim Ducks,

Teemu Selanne underwent an MRI this evening that revealed a cut in his left quad muscle (injury occurred last night @ EDM). It did not damage any tendons or other connective tissue, and no surgery will be required. He is expected to return to the Ducks lineup in 4-6 weeks.

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Advice For Sundin

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Sundin is expected to make his debut with the Vancouver Canucks any time after New Year’s Day. He is 37, two-and-a-half years older than Niedermayer, with nearly 200 more NHL games played than the Anaheim defenceman.

“You’re stepping into a season [that is already] underway, where the team has got things going. Strategy-wise, personnel-wise … they’re already set with their D-partners, powerplay, penalty kill,” Niedermayer said. “And physically, there is a lot going on, obviously. Your legs, your hands…”...

“He has to have patience. His expectations will have to be a bit lower, at first,” Selanne warned Sundin. “It took me three weeks.”...

“It depends on how much intensity there has been in his workouts. You can’t know,” Carlyle said. “If it’s a sore hip, a sore groin, a sore back… Without the benefit of training camp, that’s one thing you have to be wary of. In essence, this is his training camp now.”

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A Look At George Parros

from the NHLPA,

“We’ve kept things really basic,” said Parros, who was drafted 222nd overall in 1999 by the Kings. “Bobby is really creative with the puck and is very reliable. Ryan is the one who can dig and fight the puck.”

And as for Parros?

“I just want to crash the net and create some chances if they are there,” said the native of Randolph, New Jersey. “It’s all about being able to contribute in some way, shape or form.”

Parros admits confidence has played a huge part in his game this season.

“Confidence is such an unknown factor in what it can do for you,” said the winger, who graduated with an Ivy League education, after attending Princeton. “I’m just hoping to build on what we’ve done so far.”

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The Family Behind the NHL Player

From Helene Elliott in the LA Times blog, The Fabulous Forum:

Claude Giguere, father of Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, died Monday in Montreal of an undisclosed illness. A former school bus driver, corrections officer and stoker on a navy ship, he bought J.S.—his youngest child—the boy’s first goaltending equipment.

In this 2003 story, published before the Ducks opened the Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils, you can get a sense of how down-to-earth Claude Giguere was and understand how J.S. has turned out to be the classy and upstanding person that he is.

For some reason, Elliott’s blog post only provides a link to the .doc file of her 2003 story (which you can download here) so I took the liberty of reprinting it below. If someone informs me of a web link available later, I’ll remove this printing and link to the Times source.

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Giguere’s Father Passes Away

via Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is scheduled to back up Jonas Hiller in Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers at Honda Center and then leave the team to attend memorial services for his father, Claude, who passed away Monday morning in Montreal.

Giguere will likely miss Friday night’s opener of a three-game road swing against the Edmonton Oilers and rejoin the Ducks in time for a Monday game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Giguere left the Ducks for five days late last month to visit his father in Montreal.

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Carlyle Looking For Leadership From Top Players

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle only needed to see one misstep in practice Monday to give his team one of his not-so-subtle messages.

After watching his players do a drill incorrectly, Carlyle stopped practice and excoriated the group with a reminder that “We’re playing the New York Rangers!”

There is no room for contentment among the Ducks, who have fought inconsistency most of the season but turned a corner with five straight victories at home. Tuesday night can represent either six straight or a step back when they take on the New York Rangers, the Eastern Conference’s No.2 team.

“There’s no easy ones, and this one won’t be easy by any means,” Carlyle said.

Carlyle called out his top forwards to lead the way - which means continued strong play from the Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry-Chris Kunitz line.

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