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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The News Part 2 - Training Camp and Everything Else

So training camp has been going on for a week and we have some players who are not quite ready for the show.  I also have other news and analysis, events and one more fun picture.

The Ducks send some players to back to the minors.

The Ducks announced today that they have made the following roster moves:
Assigned to Portland Pirates (AHL) Training Camp:     
Bobby Bolt – Left Wing
Joe Callahan – Defenseman
Stephen Dixon
– Center
Andrew Ebbett – Center
Brett Festerling – Defenseman
Shane Hynes – Right Wing
Matt Keith – Right Wing
Mike Hoffman – Right Wing
Dan LaCouture – Left Wing
Jean-Philippe Levasseur – Goaltender 
Brendan Mikkelson - Defenseman
Brian Salcido – Defenseman
Nathan Saunders – Defenseman
Clay Wilson – Left Wing
Assigned to junior team:
Matt Beleskey – Left Wing (Belleville/OHL)
Maxime Macenauer – Center (Rouyn-Noranda/QMJHL)
Eric Tangradi – Center (Belleville/OHL)

Released from pro tryout:
Tyler Bouck – Center
Anaheim now has 31 players remaining on its 2007 Training Camp Roster – 17 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goaltenders.

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Get a chance to meat the team...... for $225

Wine enthusiasts and die-hard Ducks fans will gather on October 12th at The Cannery in Newport Beach to celebrate the 2007 Ducks Stanley Cup victory and to toast the start of the new season alongside the 2007-08 Ducks players at Meet the Team presented by OC Post.  At the scenic restaurant located on the Rhine Channel, Meet the Team presented by OC Post will feature an exclusive wine tasting in which guests will enjoy an evening socializing with the entire Ducks roster, coaches and management staff while tasting a variety of wines which are specially paired with an assortment of delicious hors d'oeuvres created by The Cannery’s nationally recognized Executive Chef, Felix Salcedo.

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Earl Sleek over at BOC has a humorous look at the Ducks situation

Schneidermayer (noun) – a term used to refer to defenseman Mathieu Schneider in a situation where he is signed to replace the minutes of retirement-muller Scott Niedermayer.
LockoUK (noun) – a collective scheme by players to utilize whatever means necessary (surgery, injury, or possible retirement) to avoid taking intercontinental flights for regular season games in London.
I’ve been under the weather the past couple of days, but fortunately, there hasn’t been a terrible amount of Ducks news to report. Anaheim is 2-1-1 through four games this preseason, but hasn’t played a full-lineup game to really evaluate.

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Burke get interviewed by Cam Cole

VANCOUVER — You know the kind of blissful summer that follows a Stanley Cup victory — hectic, in a good way? Things rolling along smoother, somehow, because everyone is fulfilled, and looking forward to the challenge of working together again toward the same goal. One, big happy, committed family?
Brian Burke didn’t have one of those summers. He probably wouldn’t know what to do with it if he had.
“If I complain about anything that happened this summer, someone should throw something heavy at me,” the Anaheim Ducks’ general manager said this week.
“We have no right to complain. It’s been a magical summer, it’s what we all dream about in this business. There’s been some bumps, but I’ll take the bumps. If we win again and it means more bumps, I’ll take those, too.”
Bumps, such as …
Well, all Burke lost was his most accomplished player — Conn Smythe Trophy winner and four-time Stanley Cup-winning defenceman Scott Niedermayer — and his leading scorer, Teemu Selanne, to retirement. We think.
And his second-leading goal man, Dustin Penner, to an absurd five-year, $21.25-million U.S. offer from Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe, whom Burke proceeded to call, not to put too fine a point on it, a back-stabbing sneak thief desperate to save his own sorry butt.
For the direct quote — well-rehearsed, by now — we refer you to the visiting GM’s box at GM Place, prior to Monday’s half-roster scrimmage against the Vancouver Canucks.
“I think the fans should understand, I don’t object to losing a player via an offer sheet. That’s part of the CBA,” Burke said.
“My objection is the amount of money they committed on two offer sheets (including an unsuccessful seven-year, $50-million whopper to Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek) and I think they adversely affected 30 teams including their own. And that’s the stupidity of it, from my perspective. The sheer stupidity of the two offer sheets, in my mind, comes from a general manager who is fighting desperately to justify his own existence.”
But surely, a fellow noted, the Oilers have to overpay to get free agents to play in Edmonton, which some skeptics stubbornly refuse to concede is the Paris of the prairies.
“I don’t buy that,” Burke said. “I think Edmonton is one of the great hockey cities, not just in Canada, not just in North America, but in the world. I think players would be proud to play there. I think they just don’t want to play for the current regime.”

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Here is a great picture thanks to's flickr photostream

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