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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Tuesday - Part 3

Well here is the third and final post for tonight.  Just to review, Part 1 covers Getzlaf, Part 2 covers all the other player news and this third part covers all the other odds and ends.  I have a preview of tomorrow's game, an interview with Burke and a look at back at the first quarter of the season.

Just a reminder that the watch party is tomorrow, 11/21 (Wed) at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney at 5:30 p.m.  Be there and enjoy the game, good food and a chance to win autographed stuff!

Ducks-Stars Preview

The Anaheim Ducks have had three days off to relish their recent turnaround. Their leading scorer particularly enjoyed the break.

With a new contract in hand, Ryan Getzlaf looks to lead the Ducks to a fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday when they host the Dallas Stars.

The defending Stanley Cup champions appear to have put a rough start behind them, going 6-1-1 this month and winning their last four games. Anaheim (10-8-3) had won just four of its first 13 games, failing to score more than two goals in nine of them.

The Ducks have scored at least four goals in four of their last seven games, a stretch during which Getzlaf has accounted for four goals and seven assists.

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A quick look at the Bryzgalov issue

So why couldn't Ducks general manager Brian Burke at least get a draft choice for Bryzgalov, a potential unrestricted free agent next summer who is making $1.36 million this year? Although one team executive told me that Pittsburgh took a serious look at Bryzgalov a few weeks ago, apparently Burke never found a serious trading partner.

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The Globe and Mail has a great look at Brian Burke

Most Canadians know Brian Burke as the forceful, combative hockey executive who shaped the Anaheim Ducks into the reigning Stanley Cup champions and who wouldn't seem out of place trading elbows with an opponent in front of the net.

What few people know is that Mr. Burke's hugely successful career in the National Hockey League was built on a strong legal foundation that continues to play an important role in how he views the sports world and his place in it.

"There is very little in my job that my law degree didn't directly provide valuable skills and background [for]," the Harvard Law School grad said.

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Karen Francis who posts at MVN also has a post at covering the first quarter of the season

The Ducks had a slow start to the season, going 4-7-2 in October. Part of this had to do to roster changes. Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne pondered official retirement. Dustin Penner was signed by the Edmonton Oilers as a restricted free agent. Mathieu Schneider, who was signed to potentially take Niedermayer’s place was out with a broken bone in his ankle. Todd Bertuzzi was in and out of the line up with various injuries. Andy McDonald had a rotating door for linemates, none of whom seemed to click. The Ducks started off in London, England, a mere eight time zones away from home after only a short off-season that followed winning the Stanley Cup in June. All of these little things added up to be big things.

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