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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Thursday

Well its time for another round of news on our Anaheim Ducks.  I've got news on a possible trade, interviews with some of your Ducks and some other interesting news.

Trade Rumors abound via MVN

The past two Ducks games have seen numerous scouts in attendance. On Monday, there were scouts from seventeen different teams - Tampa Bay, Carolina, Vancouver, Chicago, Minnesota, Calgary, Columbus, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Florida and Atlanta. The sudden surge in scouts came the day after Jean-Sebastien Giguere came off the injured reserve list and returned to his duties in goal.

On Wednesday night, the same scouts were there, with the exception of Calgary. Toronto and Dallas were also represented and Boston had a second scout in attendance. It has also been reported that there has been an unusual number of scouts at the Portland Pirates games as well.

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A new episode of the Duck Cast featuring Drew Miller - Link

Video highlights of last nights game via TSN - Link

See a video with his new Easton Stealth S17 Hockey Stick - Link

Watch the intro and you get to see some photos of Getzy, then click Watch the Ellipse and Select Ryan.  It's a short little video where he shows off some of his talent.

Jim Rome interviews Pronger and a news reports about last night

A nice article on George Parros

There are moments, fleeting as they may be, that a fighter by trade treasures.
Winger George Parros, the Ducks' heavyweight enforcer, picked up a few extra shifts Wednesday night against Nashville and took full advantage.
It wasn't the usual suspects such as Ryan Getzlaf or Andy McDonald who set up the game-winning play in the 3-1 victory. It was Parros. And it didn't involve beating up anyone. He moved his 6-foot-5, 229-pound frame up ice as fast as he could and centered a pass to Petteri Wirtanen, who finished the play to score in his first NHL game.
"It's fun to be in the mix," Parros said Thursday. "You get a chance to get into the game. We realized we were going to get a couple more shifts and we knew something was coming."

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The OC Register has a nice story on the checking line

They are referred to simply as the checking line or the shutdown line. Nothing flashier has stuck.

Usually when a line is as uniquely effective as the Ducks' trio of Rob Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson and Travis Moen, a nickname is in order. New Jersey had The Crash Line in the 1990s and Detroit had The Grind Line in the early 2000s.

They haven't been together long enough to join that noted list, but it's safe to call them the glue of the Ducks, whose turnaround from a 1-3-1 start has, not surprisingly, coincided with the return of the third line.

The Ducks have won three of their past four games with the Niedermayer-Pahlsson-Moen line intact, a stretch that has underlined the line's importance to the club.

While the top two lines have been mixed and matched because of injuries to Todd Marchant and Todd Bertuzzi and the absence of Teemu Selanne, the third line has again been the one constant.

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Ross McKeon has a look at the Ducks to date

The season-opening road trip to London is in the rearview mirror. Championship rings have been awarded. The Stanley Cup banner was raised to the roof with all the appropriate pomp and circumstance afforded a first-time California champ.

Still uncertain are the status of two of the team's biggest stars – defenseman Scott Niedermayer and dynamic right wing Teemu Selanne. Both reside within a slapshot of the Honda Center, yet continue to ponder the temptation to retire on top. Those decisions could linger.

Rehabilitation from injuries and new bumps and bruises are an everyday problem, but general manager Brian Burke won't allow those to be excuses.

And no one is going to feel sorry for the Anaheim Ducks. They've got the big shiny trophy that everyone wants, and now they're a marked team.

"We've been patted on the back for 2½ to three months," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We had to get back to doing some of the things and recognizing that the process was much more difficult than the result."

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Duck Fans and the Ducks do some good

Regina Tan, 8, rode on the Zamboni machine on the Honda Center ice Wednesday at the Ducks-Predators game.

Then she went back to her front-row seat, sporting a pink Ducks jersey signed by the whole team.

"The Duck gave me a jersey!" she cried to her mother, running down the aisles after the "The Duck," mascot Wild Wing, presented her with the signed memorabilia.

She also wore a black-and-red knit cap – hiding the bald patches on her head.

It was an extended and tenuous social net that prompted a Yorba Linda man to give his center-ice seats to Wednesday's game to Regina, a girl he never met or knew existed until a few weeks ago.

"She's a Ducks fan," said Don Seaman of Yorba Linda. "I've got five seats on the glass and I've got seats in Row 'B' as well. I said, 'Why don't I give the tickets to Regina? I'm going to pull a few strings.' This is just something very small I can do for her."

Seaman has been a Ducks season-ticket holder since the team's inception. After nearly 15 years of devotion to a hockey team, most people wouldn't give away their rinkside seats to a stranger.

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Brian Burke gets a new role

FASTHockey, the Web's leading resource for amateur hockey content and player recruiting, today announced that longtime National Hockey League executive Brian Burke has joined its Strategic Advisory Board. In his role, Burke will assist the company in forging relationships that will extend FASTHockey's reach among governing bodies, leagues, teams and players.

Currently the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, Burke becomes the latest NHL figure to join the Advisory Board. He brings more than 30 years of experience in professional and elite amateur hockey to the FASTHockey advisory board.

"FASTHockey is filling a real need in the hockey community, creating a clearinghouse for amateur hockey content, as well as recruiting tools for players and coaches," said Burke. "I am excited to join the strategic advisory board because I believe that FASTHockey can dramatically improve the quality and fun of amateur hockey for players, coaches and fans around the world."

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Win a Loft by attending Ducks games

Fans attending a regular season home game can enter for a chance to win a Stadium loft decorated by J.S Giguere
There are two ways to win:

  • At the game: Find the “golden ticket” in the Ducks Digest.
  • Visit Stadium Lofts on the corner of Katella/State College, take a tour and be entered. One fan from each game and one from the Stadium Lofts tour will be brought back on Fan Appreciation Night (April 6 vs. Phoenix) to take a shot from half ice to win the Stadium Loft decorated by J.S. Giguere.
    Call 877- WILD WING for more information.