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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Tuesday - Part 1

So this is news not related to Scott or any personnel news.

An All Star voting update - Link

Here is a great analysis of Andy McDonald without Teemu

It’s hard to get mad at Teemu Selanne. He seems like such a nice fellow, always smiling and driving cool cars at ridiculously fast speeds. Oh, and scoring goals set up by Andy MacDonald.

At least, that’s what he did for two seasons. Now that Teemu’s just lounging around some sauna in Finland, MacDonald’s numbers have gone way south and, not coincidentally, so has a big part of the Anaheim offense and power play. So if anyone on the planet can actually be mad at Teemu Selanne, it’s Andy MacDonald. Let’s look at MacDonald’s numbers:

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Update on the latest Ducks practice

Carlyle spent a lot of time on drills that addressed specific weaknesses. Carlyle felt that the Ducks had “lost a little bit of edge.” As a result, he tried to “create battles, competitions, being in position to drive that middle lane.” To that effect, he had several drills that focused on battling, especially deep in the corners. He told the players that they “can’t accept giving up the puck in those areas!”

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Miller vs. Miller via OC Register

Drew and Ryan Miller were just like any other hockey-loving brothers who grew up in East Lansing, Mich. From the time they could hold sticks, they played out their NHL dreams around the house.

"Street hockey, mini-hockey, we always battled," Drew said. "Checking each other into the boards in the basement or sticking each other in the street — we always competed and had fun together."

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Miller vs. Miller via Anaheim Ducks

For the first at any level of their respective hockey careers, the paths of Ducks forward Drew Miller and his brother, Buffalo goaltender Ryan, will finally cross on Wednesday when the Sabres make their first appearance at Honda Center since Oct. 24, 2003.

Making matters interesting is the fact that left winger Drew will be looking to score on his brother minding the net for the Sabres.

“You don’t see it too often in the National Hockey League, where brothers face each other and it’s goaltender versus forward,” Ryan said.

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Pirates and Ducks move to separate?

If Anaheim was going to stick around, you’d have to think that they would have agreed to accept the two-year option, as it was only a year prior when Brian Burke and Pirates sat down to redo the previous five-year deal. Also, the Oct 1 deadline came and went without so much a whimper and that usually signals a divorce in the making.

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