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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Saturday

Well the Ducks made some personnel moves today in anticipation of Scott's return and Doug Weights's arrival.  Also an injury update.  Other than that, nothing too report.

Ducks add Niedermayer to the roster

The Ducks announced today that the they have terminated the suspension of defenseman Scott Niedermayer and placed him on the active roster.

Niedermayer, 34 (8/31/73), announced his return to the Ducks on Dec. 5 prior to the team’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres. Niedermayer helped lead Anaheim to its first Stanley Cup championship last season, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 playoffs. With 15-54=69 points in 79 regular season games last year, Niedermayer became the first Duck to lead NHL defensemen in scoring, a career first. A finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy (top NHL defenseman) and 2007 Western Conference All-Star, he set career highs in goals, assists and points, breaking his own club single-season records in assists and points from the previous campaign.

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Ducks send St. Jacques and Platt down to the Pirates

The Ducks announced today that they have recalled right wing Bobby Ryan from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

The Ducks also reassigned center Geoff Platt and defenseman Bruno St. Jacques to the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Ryan, 20 (3/17/87), scored 10-14=24 points with a +6 rating and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 25 games with the Pirates this season. At the time of his recall, he led Portland in plus/minus (+6), was tied for the team lead in power play goals and ranked second in goals and points. He recorded seven multiple-point games, including a season-high 2-1=3 point contest on Nov. 17 at Worcester. That Nov. 17 game sparked an 11-game stretch that produced 7-6=13 points for Ryan prior to his Anaheim promotion.

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MVN Coverage

One of the reasons Ryan could be playing is that Brad May took a puck off the foot at the end of practice. He had a lot of pain and swelling and hobbled around on crutches after practice. He is questionable for tomorrow. Brian Sutherby reinjured his groin in Wednesday night’s game in the third period. The Ducks are planning to be more cautious with his recovery this time around.n Kent Huskins went through his first full practice with the team and is making progress, although he is still day to day with his knee.

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