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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
Now, in Orange County at least, the old-school approach is in ascendance, in the traditionalist form of Brian Burke, and perhaps finally, this is the ticket. In his two years with the Ducks, his teams have enjoyed great on-ice success, and are about to enter the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
More significant, there are hints that they finally belong….
“It’s a much better hockey market than people think,” Burke maintains. “When I was offered the job here, I didn’t have any doubts about the market. There are a lot of hockey fans here….”
Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer took part in an NHL tele-conference today.
Q Chris, this question is for you. Just looking back to last year, having gone through the long playoff grind with Edmonton, obviously you never want to be hurt, but were maybe the injuries you had this year a little bit of a blessing in disguise in that they may leave you a little more rested for a long run this year?
CHRIS PRONGER: I think only time can tell in that situation. But I felt great last year and now leading into the playoffs this year I feel really good. So hopefully it’s an omen.
from the LA Times,
Selanne was called for using an illegal stick, which nullified the four-on-three advantage. The Ducks couldn’t score in overtime and San Jose put in both of its tries in the shootout to get a 3-2 victory at Honda Center….
Selanne said he was surprised by Wilson’s maneuver. He acknowledged the illegality but also blamed the poor ice surface.
“It might be a little wide. But there’s a reason why it’s wide. That’s because the NHL makes great ice and you need a stick this wide to receive a pass in this league,” Selanne said sarcastically.
As he said that, Selanne held his hands a foot apart. Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle sought to shift the blame away from his star winger.
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Battle of California will be live blogging during the Sharks/Ducks game tonight.
I may have to take a nap to catch up with that one.
Note to Alanah- stay away, you have work to do…
added 10:19pm, Link to the live blog post…
from the OC Register,
Word came Tuesday that veteran center Todd Marchant, who had played the past three games after missing 17 because of an abdominal strain, will be out indefinitely because of what has been diagnosed as a torn groin muscle.
“It’s not great news,” Coach Randy Carlyle said.
Marchant, 33, sat out six games in late December and early January because of what the club termed a strained groin. Though all three injuries have been in the same area, they are “distinctly different,” Marchant said.
“I knew on Sunday that something just wasn’t right,” Marchant said. “I don’t know whether this could have been happening over years. I mean, let’s face it, 14 years and 900 games, it’s going to take its toll.”
Marchant planned to meet with team doctors today to discuss treatment options, which might include season-ending surgery.
via the LA Times,
The Ducks announced they would raise their ticket prices on individual and season seats for the 2007-08 season, marking the first such increase in three years.
Season tickets will increase by an average of 7.9%, and individual tickets will jump by an average of 1.1%. All tickets will continue to have a Honda Center facility fee, beginning at $1.50 for the most inexpensive ticket.
Several seating sections were also reclassified under additional varying prices. Tickets for some seats in the lower bowl were reduced by 15.8% from this season.
“Our primary objective in evaluation our pricing structure was to keep tickets affordable,” said Tim Ryan, president and chief executive officer of Anaheim Arena Management.
from the OC Register,
Unable to secure a convenient ice slot at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, site of tonight’s game against the Red Wings, Coach Randy Carlyle arranged for the Ducks to practice at historic Windsor Arena, home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires.
Located just across the Detroit River, “the Barn,” as it is affectionately known, is the oldest rink in major-junior hockey, having opened in 1924 as the Border Cities Arena. The intimate building, with a seating capacity of 3,600, was home to the Red Wings, then known as the Cougars, while the former Olympia Stadium in Detroit was under construction during the 1926-27 NHL season.
“When you have an opportunity to visit the older, nostalgic rinks around Canada, I think it’s important to re-connect,” Carlyle said. “The building is part of the local history of Windsor and the hockey world.”
from the OC Register,
The Ducks are in the red, despite sponsorships and suite and club seating at the highest levels since the team’s inaugural season in 1993-94, a 44 percent increase in season-ticket sales since July 2005 (from 7,000 to 12,500) and a rise in average attendance from 15,026 at this point last season to 16,323 now.
“With all of that said, with all the arena revenue and all the revenue from the team, even if we go deep into the playoffs, we’ll lose several million dollars,” Ryan said.
While the club declined to reveal specific figures, the sense is that the losses will be less than last season and markedly less than in the final years of Disney’s ownership. The challenging bottom line is a surprise to no one involved.
from the OC Register,
“I wouldn’t be able to play 30 minutes at 220,” Beauchemin said. “Now I’m 210. I think it made a big difference in my game having quicker feet.”
Specifically, Beauchemin does not have to resort to hooking and grabbing when he goes back to retrieve the puck. Offensively, he can be more aggressive in joining the rush.
“I adjusted pretty well,” he said. “I’m not a big skater, but I can use my speed and still be physical.”
from Eric Stephens of the LA Times,
If you build a Stanley Cup contender, they will come.
Success on the ice is translating well at the box office for the Ducks. The team has been playing in front of a full house at the Honda Center for the last three months, at least according to announced figures.
Entering tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Ducks have had 17 consecutive sellouts and are expected to announce sellouts for the remaining four home games.
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