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Friday, October 12, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Friday

Well, I have some updates on personnel and that is about it.  So Enjoy!

Ryan King sent to Portland

Anaheim Ducks right wing Jason King, who did not score in two games with the defending Stanley Cup champions, was assigned to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League on Friday.

The 26-year-old King was recalled from Portland on Saturday and made his Ducks' debut that night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks, along with a third-round selection in the 2009 draft, for center Ryan Shannon on June 23.

King scored two goals in the Pirates' season opener against Springfield on October 5 in Portland.

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Giguere - Almost ready

The Ducks injury report is getting to close to being free of sports hernia problems for the first time since both Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Samuel Pahlsson had surgery in the offseason to correct the injury.

With the Ducks having welcomed Pahlsson back to the lineup against Boston in the home opener, it appears Giguere’s return is in the imminent future with Sunday’s game against Minnesota being a possibility.

“If I have to put a percentage on it, I’m close to 100. I’m in the upper 90s. It’s a lot of progress,” Giguere said after Friday’s practice.

Although Pahlsson’s surgery on Sept. 7 took place a month after Giguere’s, the netminder’s procedure was more extensive.

“I got a groin release when I did my surgery and that is what is holding me back right now,” Giguere said, referring to a procedure in his surgery that was not part of Pahlsson’s. “Sammy only got the hernia surgery. My hernia’s been feeling great for probably over a month now. It’s just two different surgeries.”

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the nature of the goalie position is another reason Giguere’s return is taking longer than Pahlsson’s.

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Another update on Giguere via the OC Register

Jean-Sebastien Giguere moved a step closer to making his season debut but stopped short of saying he will start Sunday.

Giguere went through Friday's workout with no setbacks in his recovery from offseason sports-hernia surgery.

"It's looking good," Giguere said. "Hopefully tomorrow I can tell the coach I'm ready to go, and hopefully they'll feel comfortable enough to put me in net."

In preparation for Giguere's return, the club assigned Jason King to AHL-affiliate Portland to make room on the roster.

The key will be how Giguere feels today. The Ducks went through a two-hour practice after taking Thursday off. Coach Randy Carlyle was happy his star goalie made it through the workout OK.

"He didn't leave the ice surface early, so that's a positive," Carlyle said. "We'll see how he reacts tomorrow."

Giguere had surgery Aug. 6., and his recovery was slowed by a groin issue. He said he has few limitations.

"When I'm going to play I'm not going to be limited at all," he said. "I'm going to be ready to face any situation that's thrown to me."

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MVN has a report from today's practice.

The Ducks had Thursday off to rest after their home opener win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Friday it was back to work and coach Randy Carlyle put everyone through their paces. Jason King was missing from practice as he was sent to Portland on Thursday. The Ducks needed to make room for goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who is close to coming of the injured reserve list.

The Ducks practiced drills for nearly an hour before taking a 20 minute break while the Zamboni cleaned the ice. The lines continue to be switched around, which is no surprise as they are still trying to figure out the right combinations. With the return of Sami Pahlsson to the checking line, Todd Marchant is now available for other duties. Today he was put alongside Andy McDonald and Todd Bertuzzi and played wing. Chris Kunitz was back with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf on the second line. The fourth line was centered by Mark Mowers along with George Parros, Brad May and Drew Miller rotating.

After the brief break, another half an hour was spent working on the power play and penalty killing. Beauchemin, Pronger and Huskins rotated on defense for the power play along with the combinations of McDonald, Bertuzzi, and Mowers and Getzlaf, Kunitz and Perry. Mowers has been giventhe opportunity to play in these situations and he needs to make the most of it. Carlyle felt it was to his advantage to be playing with Bertuzzi and McDonald and that he just needed to change things up a bit.

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The Ducks have updated the Power Players page


Age: 25
Education: BA from CSUF in Sociology & a Minor in Communications
Career Goals: Entertainment &/or Event/Wedding Coordinator
Power Player: 4th Year Veteran
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers, fries & a strawberry shake
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump & Father of the Bride
Favorite Band: The Beatles, Maroon 5 & Hanson
Favorite Actor/Actress: Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Pet: A Cockatiel named Sweetie
Favorite Part of Hockey: Hearing & seeing the crowd’s reaction when the Ducks score!!!
Favorite part about being a Power Player: Community/Charity events & entertaining the crowd!
Hobbies: Dancing, tanning, bike riding to the beach, traveling.

See the rest here - Link