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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Sunday - Non Game News

So not much to say, I've got coverage of the current status of the Ducks, Mowers was shipped off to Europe and some more player news.  I will start off with the funniest thing which was video the Parros and Getzlaf did while playing golf.

Parros and Getzlaf have fun golfing


Mowers is shipped off to Europe

The Ducks announced on Friday that they have assigned center Mark Mowers to SC Bern of the Swiss National League.
Mowers, 33 (2/16/74), appeared in 17 games for Anaheim this season, scoring a goal (1-0=1) with eight penalty minutes (PIM).  The 5-11, 174-pound center spent the 2006-07 season with the Boston Bruins, scoring 5-12=17 points with 26 PIM in 78 games played. He set numerous career highs with the Bruins last season, including goals, assists, points, PIM, games played and average TOI (12:00).

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A profile on Getzlaf

Having all ready lost the services of one young, talented skater, the Anaheim Ducks didn't want to take another chance.

On November 20, the Ducks locked up 22-year-old Ryan Getzlaf with a five-year contract extension that begins next season and runs through the 2012-13 season.
This helps the Ducks avoid a repeat situation of what happened with Dustin Penner. Penner, of course, became a restricted free agent after Anaheim won the Stanley Cup last year, and was signed to an offer sheet of five years at over $21 million by the Edmonton Oilers.

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Sutherby was surprised by the trade

Hockey players are paid to read and react, but Edmonton native Brian Sutherby says he never saw it coming -- that he was suddenly expendable as a member of the Washington Capitals.

"I'd never been a healthy scratch in the NHL," said the 25-year-old winger, who got dealt to the Anaheim Ducks -- the only NHLer who has traded teams in the first two months of the season -- for a second-round draft pick in 2009.

"I only played two of seven exhibtions, had a goal and a fight ... I thought I did everything I could," said Sutherby, who had worn an 'A' on his jersey.

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Stanley Cup hangover?

A "huge list of possibilities" exists for why the Ducks find themselves mired in mediocrity a third of the way through the NHL regular season.

"I have lots of ideas," Coach Randy Carlyle said Saturday as the Ducks prepared for a game tonight against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center.

Friday's 5-1 loss at Edmonton was just the latest head-scratcher for the Ducks, who appeared to be in solid position, tied 1-1, before giving up two goals in the final minute of the second period and then falling completely apart in the third.

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Inconsistency.... Argh!

As the the Ducks head into tonight's second game of a home-and-home with the Edmonton Oilers, it's becoming harder to figure out which team is going to appear.
The recent three-game trip to western Canada was emblematic of their wildly inconsistent ways.
Are the Ducks the team that efficiently handled an injury-plagued Calgary team, or are they the team that collapsed at the first sign of trouble against Edmonton and Vancouver?
Maybe both.

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