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Monday, December 10, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Monday - Non Game News

Well either Kent Huskins is worse off than we are aware of, or a defensive Duck will be gone shortly.  Of course it could be both.  Bruno St. Jacques has been recalled from the AHL.  The rest of the news is pretty much all about Scott Niedermayer.

Official Ducks Announcement - Bruno gets a contract and then is recalled

The Ducks announced on Monday that they have signed defenseman Bruno St. Jacques to a one-year contract.  Subsequently, St. Jacques was recalled from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). 

St. Jacques, 27 (8/22/80), has played in 12 games with Portland this season, recording 1-4=5 points.  He has also appeared in 13 contests for the Syracuse Crunch, collecting 0-8=8 assists with 16 penalty minutes (PIM).  In total, St. Jacques has appeared in 25 AHL contests this season, earning 1-12=13 points with 22 PIM. 

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Platt revisits one of his former teams tonight

While he also spent time with Columbus’ AHL affiliate in Syracuse since signing a free-agent deal with the Blue Jackets in 2005, Platt said he already feels more at home in the Ducks organization than he ever did with Columbus. Still, given that he’s been teammates with “all but two or three” of the Blue Jackets players either in Columbus or in Syracuse, Platt could have some extra adrenaline going.

“It’s going to be interesting,” he said.

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More on Scott Niedermayer part 1

Scott Niedermayer is virtually certain to be in the Anaheim Ducks lineup sometime this week, it's just a matter of figuring out which game is most likely.

Maybe Wednesday against Vancouver? That's probably a tad ambitious.

Perhaps Friday night versus Minnesota? The Ducks recall Derek Boogaard's low-bridge hit on Niedermayer last season so they may choose to spare him a wild return.

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More on Scott Niedermayer part 2

Fans of the Anaheim Ducks are delighted that Scott Niedermayer has decided to end his self-imposed retirement and return to the team.

But should they be? And what about all the other hockey fans? How should they feel about it?

The answer is that when you get right down to it, there is cause for concern for everyone in this situation.

First of all, there's the precedent. One instance is a long way from a trend, but we all know how the National Hockey League works. Imitation is the sincerest from of flattery.

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