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Ducks Play Their Game

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“When you play a team as good as San Jose, you have to be very aware that you can’t spend the night in the penalty box, and tonight we got away with it,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We have to play a little bit on the edge. We have to play nasty, but we can’t continue to take penalties. The hook on the hands and those stick-in-the-midsection penalties are something that has to be eliminated. We’ve talked about it, talked about it, talked about it, but it has to be eliminated.”

The Ducks have talked about it for years, and they haven’t eliminated it yet, so it’s foolish to think that will ever happen. Still, they need to find a way to walk the fine line between effective aggressiveness and outright lack of discipline.

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The Ducks were on the right side of the fine line last night and must not cross that line in order to be considered one of the top teams in the West.

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No Major Changes Planned To Ducks Lineup

from Dan Wood of the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

As tempting as it might be, what with the club sporting an ugly 0-4 record and struggling to produce offense, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle is not planning any major shake-ups in line combinations.

“We’re going to stay the course with our groupings at forward,” Carlyle said after Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. “I think they’ve earned an opportunity to get back together. Players don’t want to be changed on a day-to-day basis. They’d like some continuity, and we’re going to try to provide that right now.”

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Just An Extended Hangover

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Can a hangover last two years?

It certainly looks that way in Anaheim where the Ducks, one season removed from being Stanley Cup champions, have stumbled out of the gate with three consecutive losses.

But before you write off the once-mighty Ducks after a week of action, take a deep breath and relax. This team will rebound.

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Ducks Prospect Attacked By Michigan Football Player

from Dan Arritt of the LA Times,

Steve Kampfer, a fourth-round pick of the Ducks in 2007, remains hospitalized in Ann Arbor, Mich., after he was attacked by a University of Michigan football player early Sunday morning.

Kampfer, 20-year-old defenseman on Michigan’s hockey team, was thrown head first onto the sidewalk after he and a friend were confronted by a group of young men, university police said. A Ducks spokesman said that Kampfer suffered a fractured skull.

more Kings and Ducks talk

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Morning Line

“I’m sure the mandate on other teams, what they’re saying is, ‘Just move your feet, get inside and they’ll take penalties.  I don’t think we’re working anywhere near hard enough. We’re not working in the tough areas to get enough done.

“I can’t point to one area where I’d say we’ve been satisfied, but I know these guys have it in them. We’ve worked hard before, and that’ll be a staple of our hockey club. We’ll outwork teams.”

-Ducks coach Randy Carlyle after losing to the Kings last night.  More on the game from Dan Wood of the OC Register…

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Getting The Rinkside View

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The “Rinkside View” game format combines the best of traditional hockey television expertise with more ice access thanks to low angle camera positions and a voyeuristic, as-if-you-were-there look and feel to the telecast. A total of 20 NHL games, including all six “Freeway Faceoff” contests with the Kings, will be seen by the “Rinkside View”.

“We are revolutionizing hockey on television with ‘Rinkside View’.  The low camera angles and evolved camera direction will allow the viewers to hear more crunch, watch more of the ice, and - instead of being told how the play develops – see the play unfold for themselves,” said Tom Feuer, executive producer, Fox Sports WEST and PRIME TICKET.

read on

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Giguere Speaks Out On Ducks Play

from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

“We like to play on the edge,” Giguere said. “That’s great. I love that we play that way, but at the same time, we need to keep our mouths shut. We need to stop yapping at the referees. We need to stop blaming everybody else. We have to look in the mirror. We’re the ones taking the penalties. It’s not always a bad call. A lot of times, it’s a call that we would complain about if the referee wouldn’t call it against the other team.

“We have to take it upon ourselves to be more disciplined.”

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Ducks Hoping Morrison Adds Offense

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

One of only four teams to have reached the conference finals twice in the past four seasons, the Ducks took a significant step toward addressing last season’s biggest weakness – goal-scoring – with the summer signing of unrestricted free-agent center Brendan Morrison. While he is coming off April knee surgery and eased into training camp, the former Vancouver stalwart looked strong in the final three exhibition games, recording a goal and four assists.

Morrison is being counted on to team on one scoring line with Selanne, who missed most of last season while on his own hockey sabbatical. Selanne looked nothing like his age, 38, during a scintillating exhibition performance in which he put up five goals and six points in four games.

more on the Ducks…

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Scott Niedermayer Named Ducks Captain

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named four-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Niedermayer team captain. Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf have been named alternate captains for the 2008-09 season. In addition, Rob Niedermayer will serve as an additional alternate captain when necessary.

“Scotty is a tremendous leader and has been for his entire career,” said Head Coach Randy Carlyle. “We have several experienced leaders on this team, and we will need them to work as a group in order for us to have success.”

“It’s an honor to be named team captain,” said Niedermayer. “We have several great leaders in this locker room and I’m just happy to be part of that.”

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You Need The Players To Be Like Detroit

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Brian Burke has some words of warning for NHL opponents trying to ape the success of the Detroit Red Wings, the team that followed his Anaheim Ducks as Stanley Cup champions on a steamy night in Pittsburgh last June.

“To me, if you want to play Detroit’s style, you better have some players that can do it,” said Burke, the Ducks’ garrulous general manager. “A lot of teams don’t.

“That’s why I think it’s easier to fix the snarl on your team than it is to fix the skill. If you put players in your lineup like [Henrik] Zetterberg, [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Nicklas] Lidstrom, then, yeah, you can play Detroit’s way. But those guys are hard to find.”

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