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Anaheim Signs Bret Hedican

From Sportsnet.ca,

Sportsnet has learned Bret Hedican has signed a one-year, $870,000 deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

The veteran defenceman spent the last six seasons in Carolina and has also spent time in Vancouver, Florida and St. Louis during his 16-year career. Hedican has appeared in 988 career games recording 288 points.

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added 4:52pm, More on the signing at Ducks Blog.

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Burke Wants Out

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...He wants out.

The Ducks wouldn’t release him as he asked last spring, or at least give him permission to talk to other clubs. But soon that won’t be their call any longer.

That, of course, will put the Ducks and team president Michael Schulman in a dicey predicament. When Burke tells them during the holiday season that he won’t be agreeing to a new contract – only a major change of circumstances would change that now – Schulman will be left with the problem of having a lame duck GM heading towards the trade deadline and, after that, the draft and free agency.

read on

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Ducks Win, So Why Not Play Some Pool

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Instead of following through with a scheduled practice session Wednesday afternoon at Carleton College in Ottawa, the Ducks plan to seek improvement in a different manner.

“We have a team-bonding event — a little bit of a pool tournament,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’re going to play billiards, and have pizzas and chicken wings — all that good grease.”

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Big Road Trip For The Ducks

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

The upcoming road swing, which also includes stops in Ottawa, Montreal and Columbus, could not only play a huge role in determining the course of this season but also future campaigns.

“I think the players need to worry about playing the game and not worry about the other (stuff) that can go on outside the game of hockey,” Pronger said. “We have to get into the dirty areas. We think we have, and we haven’t. We have no traffic in front of the net. We’re off to the sides. We’re not gritty. Until we realize that we have to be a dirty team, this (losing) is going to be a regular occurrence – and it’s getting old.”

more on the Ducks plus Burke says he will have made a decision on his contract with the Ducks by Christmas…

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Burke In TO, Media Frenzy About To Begin

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It promises to be an interesting week for the Leafs.

Up first is a home game tomorrow night against Anaheim, and much of the talk will be about Ducks GM Brian Burke and his signing with Toronto when his contract expires in July.

“It will be an opportunity for you guys (the media) to get things going,” Fletcher said. “We have to focus on what we have to do – try to beat Anaheim in a hockey game.”

While the Leafs work on their hockey skills, Fletcher will be putting his managing skills to the test. The league’s GMs meet at the end of the week in Chicago, and Trader Cliff anticipates the seeds of future deals will be planted.

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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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