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from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,
Getzlaf, right wing Teemu Selanne and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere were selected as runway models for the first Anaheim Ducks Wives and Significant Others Fashion Luncheon, which raised $120,000 on Tuesday for Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Tall, slender, well-appointed women – green beans, really – walked through the sunshine and gingerly high-heel-stepped onto the stage to model designer dresses. They didn’t smile much or speak.
But neither did the three dapper Ducks when event emcee and comedienne Cindy Burns asked them – “these hot, hot, hot guys,” she called them – each to strike a pose….
Giguere, who was introduced as “Gee-gahr,” put his left foot forward, pushed back the tails on his dark Canali sportcoat, sunk his hands in pockets and vogued. (His fair cheeks turned pink as he probably was wishing he could just lower a goalie mask.)
via the OC Register,
The Ducks could have a short-term hole on defense in light of their revelation that captain Chris Pronger underwent surgery Monday to repair a “small fracture” in his jaw suffered in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over visiting Chicago.
“It’s not clear how much time he will miss,” Burke said. “It’s certainly not expected to be lengthy. A game or two is the expectation at this time.”
TSN is reporting that the Los Angeles Kings have traded J.S. Aubin to the Anaheim Ducks for a 7th rounder.
Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 24.
from the LA Times,
Anaheim is believed to have interest in Florida center Olli Jokinen, but it would have to create enough space to fit Jokinen under the salary cap for the next two seasons. Jokinen, who leads the Panthers with 30 goals and 60 points, is owed $5.5 million in 2008-09 and $5.75 million in 2009-10.
General Manager Brian Burke sent a strong signal that he will hold on to the Ducks’ potentially high first-round pick in this year’s draft that they gained from Edmonton if teams don’t lower their demands or he doesn’t come across an offer he can’t refuse.
Burke said if he does trade that pick, it will be for a player he’ll have next season and beyond….
The Ducks are believed to have also pulled their interest in Kings defenseman Rob Blake,as he would be another rental situation.
more on the Ducks (reg. req.)
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Rookie center Ryan Carter suffered a broken right wrist in Wednesday night’s victory over the Colorado Avalanche, an MRI exam performed Thursday revealed.
Carter was checked into the board by Colorado defenseman Jeff Finger but the injury occured when Carter’s right hand went through an opening in the glass that is used by photographers.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Mathieu Schneider of the Ducks will carry an interesting streak into Wednesday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center. The veteran defenseman has finished each of his past 26 games with a plus or even plus-minus mark.
Schneider’s streak is the longest active run in the NHL and only four games shy of the longest such streak in the league this season, established by defenseman Glen Wesley of the Carolina Hurricanes from Oct. 3-Dec. 8. While Wesley was plus-8 over that stretch, Schneider is plus-15 over his past 26 games.
From Mark Whicker at the OC Register,
[Ryan] Carter joins Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Shannon among non-drafted college players that [assistant GM David] McNab spotted and signed.
“We were motivated because we were afraid he would explode the next season and be one of the very best players in college hockey,” McNab said.
“It’s something we used to have success with, before the salary cap came, because you could spend a million or a couple of million on a guy that you really liked. Not every team believed in that sort of investment. But now, with the cap being tighter, the salaries for those players have gone down and more teams are getting involved. So it’s harder now.”
more… primarily looking at the rise of Ryan Carter
from the Calgary Sun,
Imagine the heat if the Flames and Ducks met more often.
This has the makings of a nasty rivalry. Last night’s 4-2 Anaheim victory had plenty of bad blood simmering with the possibility of it coming to a full boil.
“We knew they like to play every game on the edge physically and their discipline can go either way,” said Flames blueliner Robyn Regehr. “That goes back to them being the most penalized team. We were trying to take advantage of that.”
It involved plenty of nastiness. The tone was set when Calgary’s Eric Godard took his first shift, duking it out with Anaheim policeman George Parros in a spirited heavyweight battle.
fromm George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Retirement, says Teemu Selanne, is something he’ll delight in falling into, like a king-sized, eiderdown-soft hotel bed early in the a.m. on the 15th day of a 16-day road trip.
A lot of men who play games for a living—an embarrassing number, actually—cling to the life like a shied tomcat run up the living-room curtains. They only leave by force, kicking and screaming, feeling bitter and abandoned.
It’s all they know. It’s what defines them.
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