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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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Ducks Send Ryan Down & Lindstrom Claimed By Chicago

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has made the following roster move:

Assigned to Iowa Chops (AHL) Training Camp:  Bobby Ryan – Right Wing

In addition, the Ducks announced that left wing Joakim Lindstrom has been claimed on waivers by Chicago.

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Cap Comes Into Play For Ducks Roster Spots

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

Aspiring NHL players Bobby Ryan and Brett Festerling, whose training-camp performances have put them in solid contention to be on the Ducks’ opening-night roster, are at opposite ends of a curious twist in the league’s salary-cap system.

Ryan, a winger chosen second overall in the 2005 entry draft, is in jeopardy of not making the team because of a relatively big contract that includes an $821,700 base salary at the NHL level and $925,000 more in potential performance bonuses.

Festerling, a defenseman who was never drafted and originally joined the Ducks on a training-camp tryout in 2005, could land a spot in part because his $473,300 NHL salary would be barely above the league minimum of $450,000.

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Burke Sends A Message

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

While the continuing need to create salary-cap space was the primary incentive, there was further motivation behind the Ducks sending veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnell to the Kings only hours before the Ducks scored a 2-1 shootout victory in exhibition action Tuesday night at Staples Center.

“It’s not why we did it, but hopefully some other guys will get a message here,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said, echoing sentiments expressed by Coach Randy Carlyle the past three days. “Our camp has been going pretty well, but we need some guys to pick up their game. We’re not going at a clip that’s satisfactory to us.”

read on

added 7:06am, Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Burke.  One thing that surprised me was Burke’s response to a possible NHL European expansion.

read it here (direct link)

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Kings Acquire O’Donnell

via the LA Kings,

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Sean O’Donnell from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

added 9:17pm, via Ducks Blog,

O’Donnell is due to make $1.25 million this season. The Ducks had been $1.22 million over the salary cap before the trade.

The conditional pick means that if O’Donnell is traded again before the deadline this season, the Ducks will receive the Kings’ third round pick. If the the Kings keep O’Donnell past the deadline, the Ducks would get nothing in return.

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Selanne Signs For Two Years

from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

Right wing Teemu Selanne is scheduled to be in the Ducks’ lineup for Sunday’s 5 p.m. exhibition game against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center after signing a two-year, $5.25 million contract earlier in the day.

Two years? Perhaps next summer, unlike the past two, we won’t have to endure persistent and ridiculous Internet rumors that Selanne is headed to play in Montreal, Dallas, Sweden, Russia, Timbuktu or wherever else….

The signing of Selanne once again pushes the Ducks above the NHL’s $56.7 million salary ceiling for this season, by about $1.225 million…

The Ducks’ current salary-cap projection includes having rookie winger Bobby Ryan on the NHL roster, which isn’t a given, but appears more likely than not. Were the Ducks to assign Ryan to their American League affiliate, the Iowa Chops, the Ducks would slide more than $500,000 beneath the cap with that move alone.

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added 7:03pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The pertinent numbers: Selanne will earn $3.25 million in the first year of the deal and $2 million in the second. It’s a total package of $5.25 million, with no performance bonuses, so the annual salary-cap charge is $2.625 million – reasonable by today’s standards for a player of Selanne’s caliber, who will play in the Ducks’ top six.

Presumably, the Ducks are convinced of his commitment too, because if Selanne decides not to play next year, they take a salary-cap hit anyway (a function of his being over the age of 35).

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Burke Had To Make A Deal

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For a while now, Brian Burke has been dancing with the devil, otherwise known as the NHL’s salary cap system.

Two years ago, Burke worked it beautifully and captured a Stanley Cup. Last year, his machinations went slightly askew and it cost his Anaheim Ducks the services of a very good veteran player, centre Andy McDonald.

This fall, the cap has pushed another quality veteran off the Anaheim roster in defenceman Mathieu Schneider, peddled to Atlanta yesterday in a deal that, as a pure hockey trade, was about as one-sided as you can get.

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Schneider To Atlanta

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Mathieu Schneider from the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Ken Klee, forward Brad Larson and a minor-league prospect.

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And note, Kevin was the first to report this trade a few days ago.

added 6:57pm, via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

With the additions of Schneider and Hainsey during the off-season and the returns of Tobias Enstrom and Niclas Havelid the Thrashers now have a very respectable group of top-four defensemen that is arguably the strongest foursome in the Southeast Division. Schneider, whose brother lives in Atlanta, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $5.75 million.

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  Tags: brad+larson, ken+klee, mathieu+schneider

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