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Ducks Training Camp 
  justgotwikked
 
07:26pm 12/09/2009
  The Ducks open their on ice activities tomorrow for the 2009-2010 training camp. It was a pretty busy off season for the Ducks that saw Chris Pronger traded to the Flyers and the return of Joffrey Lupul.

Additions
Saku Koviu
Joffrey Lupul
Steve Eminger
Nick Boynton
Steve McCarthy
Evgeny Artyukhin
Luca Sbisa
Justin Pogge


Subtractions
Chris Pronger
Francois Beauchemin
Drew Miller
Rob Niedermayer?


First preseason game is Wednesday Sept 16th against the Hamil..eerr Phoenix Coyotes.
 
     

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Saku Koivu Signed 
  justgotwikked
 
02:31pm 08/07/2009
  The Ducks announced today they have signed center Saku Koivu to a one-year contract.

http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=436535
 
     

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Trade 
  justgotwikked
 
10:53am 27/06/2009
  The Ducks have acquired forward Joffrey Lupul and defenseman prospect Luca Sbisa, two first round picks and a conditional third round pick in 2010 or 2011 for defenseman Chris Pronger

Not a bad deal the Ducks get back what they paid for Pronger.

This deal occured because captain Scott Niedermayer informed GM Bob Murray he wants to play again next year.
 
     

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Round 2 Game 7 
  justgotwikked
 
03:23pm 14/05/2009
  Sorry i didn't post anything for the past two games i was without internet.

Game 7 is tonight the Ducks are 2-1 in Game 7's in their history. With all the games having the same 3-0 score. Post your pre and post game thoughts about game 7. if theres anything you want add to the post statistics or otherwise go ahead. And LETS GO DUCKS
 
     

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Round 2 Game 4 
  justgotwikked
 
01:31pm 07/05/2009
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The old saying goes "I'd rather be lucky then good." The Ducks were both on Tuesday night in their 2-1 victory over the Wings. Teemu Selanne opened the scoring after taking a breakout pass from Ryan Carter and slipping thru the Wings defense before going to the backhand on Chris Osgood. The Ducks would double their lead in the second on the powerplay as Scott Niedermayer scored his first of the playoffs. It wasn't all fun for the Ducks as James Wisniewski was hit high in the chest by a Pavel Datsyuk shot and was eventually taken of the ice on a stretcher. Checked out at the hospital and it was revealed he has sustained a bruised lung and is questionable for game 4. The Wings would get on the board in the 2nd. But the Ducks would hang on for a 2-1 victory that wasn't without its controversy late in the third Marian Hossa appeared to tie the game but referee Brad Watson had lost sight of the puck and blew the play dead. “I didn’t know where the puck went, I saw it on the replay after, it was definitely an early call. We were lucky there,” said Hiller. “You’re always going to get good calls or bad calls against you. But I always say to be lucky you have to fight for it and tonight we fought for 60 minutes. That’s why we deserve to be lucky at the end.”

The Ducks can put the Wings on the brink with another strong game like this, Jonas Hiller was outstanding again and Ryan Getzlaf's point streak is now at 7 games. It also appears Teemu Selanne is a man on a mission as he was flying in game 3.

Place: Honda Center
Time: 10:30PM
TV: Versus(National)

Starting Goalies
Jonas Hiller(Ana) 6-1
Chris Osgood(Det) 5-2

Series Scoring
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 3-11=14
Johan Franzen(Det) 4-4=8
Niklas Lidstrom(Det) 3-5=8
Chris Pronger(Ana) 2-6=8
Dan Cleary(Det) 2-5=7
Corey Perry(Ana) 4-3=7
Scott Niedermayer(Ana) 1-6=7
Henrik Zetterberg(Det) 4-3=7
 
     

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Round 2 Game 3 
  justgotwikked
 
12:18pm 05/05/2009
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The game that didn't want to end actually ended quite abruptly. The triple overtime marathon that was game 2 of the Ducks/Wings series ended just 1:15 into the 3rd ot when Todd Marchant's floating wrist shot beat a screened Chris Osgood on the games 108th shot.
Brad Stuart opened the scoring with a weird goal that went off his skate and off the skate of Ducks James Wisniewski the officials reviewed the goal but allowed it to stand. The lead wouldn't last long as Ryan Getzlaf scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs to extend his points streak to 6 games. And then Chris Pronger got in the act .34 seconds later with a powerplay goal But Mikael Samuelsson goal would send the game tied into the locker room at 2-2.
In the second a forunate bounce gave Ryan Carter his first goal of the series on the powerplay. But five minutes into the third Johan Franzen's goal would send the game to overtime..and then..another overtime..and then another overtime. Then if you were in the kitchen making a snack(like i actually was) you returned to your tv and the news was on or some local programming. Because at the 1:15 mark Todd Marchant ended the game with a seemingly harmless shot. Jonas Hiller was rock solid in OT when it counted in a 62 save effort. The Ducks have now won five straight overtime playoff games against Detroit.

Time: 10:30EST
Place: Honda Center
TV: Versus(National)

Starting Goaltenders
Jonas Hiller (5-3)
Chris Osgood(5-1)

Series Scoring
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 3-10=13
Johan Franzen(Det) 4-4=8
Niklas Lidstrom 3-5=8
Chris Pronger(Ana) 2-5=7
Dan Cleary(Det) 2-5=7
Corey Perry(Ana) 4-3=7
 
     

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Round 2 Game 2 
  justgotwikked
 
11:30am 03/05/2009
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Game Two today in Detroit and the Ducks look to tie the series up at a game a piece after Nicklas Lidstrom's goal late in the third period gave the Wings a 3-2 victory. Ryan Getzlaf had two assists and extended his playoff scoring streak to five games. Corey Perry opened the game with his 4th goal of the playoffs but Johan Franzen and Nicklas Lidstrom's powerplay goals had the Ducks trailing late in the second until Teemu Selanne's powerplay one timer with .17 seconds left in the middle frame. The teams traded chances in the third but it was Lidstrom who banged the puck in with .50 seconds to go on what seemed like a broken play. Mike Brown was ejected from the game for his hit on Jiri Hudler but will not be suspended by the NHL. Which is good because the Ducks 4th line which performed quite well against San Jose didn't play much after he was ejected. Red Wings defencemen Brian Rafalski is expected to miss game two with an an injury.

Place: Joe Louis Arena
Time: 2:00pm EST
TV: NBC(National)

Starting Goalies
Chris Osgood(Det) 5-0
Jonas Hiller(Ana) 4-3

Series Scoring
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 2-8=10
Johan Franzen(Det) 3-4=7
Niklas Lidstrom 3-4=7
Chris Pronger(Ana) 1-5=6
Dan Cleary(Det) 2-4=6
 
     

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Round 2 Game 1 
  justgotwikked
 
05:05pm 01/05/2009
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It doesn't get any easier for the Ducks tonight in Detroit as they face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings. The teams have met four times in the postseason with each team winning two series'.

Place: Joe Louis Arena
Time: 7:00EST
TV: Versus(National)

Starting Goalies
Jonas Hiller(Ana)4-2
Chris Osgood(Det)4-0

Series Scoring Leaders
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 2-6=8
Johan Franzen(Det) 2-4=6
Dan Cleary(Det) 2-3=5
Scott Niedermayer(Ana) 1-4=5
 
     

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Game 6 
  wikkeddandilion
 
02:51pm 27/04/2009
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The Ducks didn't cash in on their first chance to get rid of the Sharks falling 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night. The Ducks trailed 2-0 starting the 3rd. But Ryan Carter scored his first career playoff goal .55 seconds into the 3rd and roughly 3 minutes later Corey Perry tied the game at 2. It was pretty clear the refs put the whistles away in the third period as infractions could have been called for both teams including a trip on Ryan Getzlaf late in the 3rd that would have given the Ducks a powerplay well into overtime. Patrick Marleau then scored for the Sharks in sudden death and the series now moves back to Anaheim.
For the first time in the series the Ducks now have pressure on them not good for a team that wasn't all that consistent in the regular season.

Place: Honda Center
Time: 10:30PM EST
TV: Versus, CBC(National)

Starting Goaltenders
Jonas Hiller(Ana) 3-2
Evgeni Nabokov(San) 2-3


Series Scoring
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 1-5=6
Joe Thornton(San) 1-4=5
Ryan Whitney(Ana) 0-4=4
Scott Niedermayer(Ana) 1-3=4
Bobby Ryan(Ana) 4-0=4
 
     

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Game 5 
  justgotwikked
 
09:20am 25/04/2009
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The Ducks put the Sharks on the verge of elimination with a 4-0 win at Honda Center on Thursday. Bobby Ryan scored the first two goals of the game, Corey Perry finally broke onto the score sheet with his first goal of the playoffs and Drew Miller scored his second goal of the postseason with an empty net insurance marker. Ryan Whitney's assist gives him a point in each of the Ducks playoff games(4 assists). Jonas Hiller was great in goal again picking up his second shutout of the series. Just 19 of 174 NHL teams down 3-1 in a playoff series since 1987 have won three straight to take the series, and the Sharks are one game away from becoming the fourth Presidents’ Trophy winner to lose in the first round since the NHL began handing out the award in 1986. So the Sharks will be coming out swinging tonight the Ducks need to weather the storm and look for their chances like they have all series. Should the Ducks win tonight and close out the series they will face Detroit in round two.

Place: HP Pavilion
Time: 10:00EST
TV: Versus(National)

Starting Goalies
Jonas Hiller(Ana) 3-1
Evgeni Nabokov(San) 1-3

Series Scoring
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 1-4=5
Ryan Whitney(Ana) 0-4=4
Bobby Ryan(Ana) 4-0=4
Dan Boyle(San) 2-1=3
Rob Blake(San) 1-1=2
James Wisniewski(Ana) 1-1=2
Scott Niedermayer(Ana) 1-1=2
Joe Thornton(San) 0-2=2
Ryan Clowe(San) 1-1=2
Drew Miller(Ana) 2-0=2
Rob Niedermayer(Ana) 0-2=2
Corey Perry(Ana) 1-1=2
Chris Pronger(Ana) 1-1=2
11 Tied with 1 point.
 
     

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Game Four 
  justgotwikked
 
07:34pm 23/04/2009
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The Sharks and Ducks combined for seven goals in game three five from defensemen alone. Unfortunately it was San Jose that had the upper hand in a 4-3 win over the Ducks at Honda Center. Tied at 3-3 late in the third Patrick Marleau's powerplay goal sealed the game for the Sharks and cut the Ducks 2-0 series lead in half. For the first time in the series penalties came back to haunt the Ducks who yielded 2 powerplay goals to the Sharks including the game winner. The Ducks need to rebound and not let San Jose get its foot in the door further or its going to be a long series.

Place: Honda Center
Time: 10:30PM EST
TV: Versus, CBC(National)

Starting Goaltenders
Jonas Hiller(Ana) 2-1
Evgeni Nabokov(San) 1-2


Series Scoring
Dan Boyle(San) 2-1=3
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 1-2=3
Ryan Whitney(Ana) 0-3=3
Rob Blake(San) 1-1=2
Bobby Ryan(Ana) 2-0=2
Scott Niedermayer(Ana) 1-1=2
Joe Thornton(San) 0-2=2
James Wisniewski(Ana) 1-1=2
Ryan Clowe(San) 1-1=2
13 Tied with 1
 
     

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Game Three 
  wikkeddandilion
 
01:45pm 21/04/2009
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Hot off a 3-2 win in game 2 of their quarterfinal matchup against San Jose The Ducks look to put a stranglehold on the series as they come home to the Honda Center tonight. Bobby Ryan's highlight reel powerplay goal began the night, Andrew Ebbet and Drew Miller also scored and and despite the Sharks late surge the Ducks held on to go up 2-0 in the series. The Ducks weren't especially good at home this season they usually perform quite well infront of their crowd hopefully the playoffs will change all that. The playoffs this year havent gone quite well for the team that was up 2-0 heading into game three. of the seven teams that started their series up 2-0 only Boston and Vancouver have managed to go up 3-0 so far.

Time: 10:30EST
Place: Honda Center
TV: Versus(National)

Starting Goalies
Evgeni Nabokov(San) 0-2
Jonas Hiller(Ana) 2-0

Series Statistics
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 1-1=2
Scott Niedermayer(Ana) 1-1=2
Ryan Whitney(Ana) 0-2=2
Jonathan Cheechoo(San) 1-0=1
Ryan Clowe(San) 1-0=1
Jeremy Roenick(San) 0-1=1
Joe Thornton(San) 0-1=1
Andrew Ebbet(Ana) 1-0=1
Bobby Ryan(Ana) 1-0=1
Drew Miller(Ana) 1-0=1
Erik Christensen(Ana) 0-1=1
Rob Niedermayer(Ana) 0-1=1
Teemu Selanne(Ana) 0-1=1
James Wisniewski(Ana) 0-1=1
Mike Brown(Ana) 0-1=1
 
     

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Game Two 
  justgotwikked
 
12:30pm 19/04/2009
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The Ducks seek to take a 2-0 lead back to Anaheim. After Jonas Hiller turned aside all 35 San Jose shots to earn his first career playoff shutout in his first career playoff game. Scott Niedermayer scored a powerplay goal and Ryan Getzlaf stole a pass moments after exiting the penalty box and potted the insurance goal late to give the Ducks a 2-0 win. Unfortunately the penalty box was a familiar place to the Ducks in game one taking six minor penalties, three by Rob Niedermayer alone. Going forward they can't afford to let the Sharks get that aspect of their game going.

Time: 10:00PM EST
Place: HP Pavilion
TV: VS,CBC(National)

Starting Goalies
Jonas Hiller(1-0)
Evgeni Nabokov(0-1)

Series Scoring Leaders
Ryan Getzlaf(Ana) 1-1=2
Scott Niedermayer(Ana) 1-0=1
Ryan Whitney(Ana) 0-1=1
Mike Brown(Ana) 0-1=1
 
     

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Game One Tonight 
  justgotwikked
 
04:06pm 16/04/2009
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The 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight for the Ducks in San Jose against the Presidents Trophy winning Sharks. The regular season is over and no matter how the Sharks do in the regular season over their playoff history they seem to collapse instantly when the playoffs begin. The Ducks have maybe the deepest defensive core in the playoffs and they will have their hands full with San Joses high power offense. The Ducks struggled for much of the 2008-2009 season but on trade deadline day they were very active and brought new life into the club. Gone however is the checking line from their 2007 Stanley Cup run with the trades of Sami Pahlsson to Chicago and Travis Moen to the Sharks only Rob Niedermayer remains with the club. And goalie Jonas Hiller who outplayed franchise goalie J.S. Giguere all season will more then likely begin the playoffs as the starter but over the Ducks past two playoff season the Ducks have started with the backup goaltender as the starter until Giguere stole the show if Hiller struggles early don't think head coach Randy Carlyle won't put Giguere in. These teams match up well and very well could be the best matchup to watch in round one.

HP Pavilion
10PM Eastern
TV: Versus

Starting Goalies
Jonas Hiller(Ana)0-0
Evgeni Nabokov(San) 0-0
 
     

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Playoff Schedule 
  wikkeddandilion
 
03:22pm 13/04/2009
  This is going to be a good series these two teams played a home and home about two weeks ago and both games had a playoff atmosphere to them.

Here is the schedule.
Times are Pacific
Game 1 April 16 HP Pavilion 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 April 19 HP Pavilion 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 April 21 Honda Center 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 April 23 Honda Center 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 April 25 HP Pavilion 7:00 p.m.*
Game 6 April 27 Honda Center TBD*
Game 7 April 29 HP Pavilion TBD*
*If necessary

The scary thing of course is the Sharks 24.2% powerplay against the Ducks love affair with bad penalties.
 
     

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Selanne makes Turco look foolish. 
  justgotwikked
 
11:01am 11/04/2009
 

Well getting to OT last night secured the Ducks fourth straight trip to the playoffs. And thou the team that has been hot down the stretch winning 10 of their last 12. Didn't look so good against a team that was playing for pride. With a Columbus loss and a Ducks win tonight they can move as high as the 6th seed, with a Ducks loss and a Blues win tonight. They will finish 8th and have a date with the Sharks in round one.
 
     

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Fight for the Future!!! 
  silverzero16
 
08:45pm 04/03/2009
  Well the trade deadline has come and gone. The Ducks are currently struggling for a playoff spot right now. This year, I can safely say that the Ducks were in a position to sell... and that's exactly what they did.

First up, Chris Pronger was removed from the trading block early in the day. That was a good sign since he does have another year left in the contract AND it also shows that Murray hasn't started waiving the white flag just yet. Plus, I'm sure Pronger would definitely be a bigger draw during the entry draft.

Just around noon, Brendan Morrison's short tenure with the Ducks have ended. The Dallas Stars claimed him off re-entry waivers. While the Ducks could have traded him for someone, his lackluster season wouldn't have fetched a whole heck of a lot. The Stars did the Ducks a favour by helping them shed some space in the salary cap. That's not saying much though. At least this will provide more opportunities for those young Ducklings to develop (as if there weren't enough AHLers on the squad already).

Steve Montador was moved early in the afternoon for Petteri Nokelainen. If your initial reaction was "who?", then you're not alone. Nokelainen isn't exactly a big name floating around the NHL. Steve Montador is having a great season with the Ducks... which begs the question... why was he moved? Well he is an upcoming UFA and with the possible shrinking salary cap, I'm sure the Ducks aren't willing to pay the extra cash. Murray wanted to get something out of this and in return he got a young guy (who is currently sidelined with an eye injury). Nokelainen isn't known to be a very productive player. He only has 3 assists in 33 games with the Bruins this year. He is still young and perhaps he will find his footing with the Ducks.

Later on, the Ducks moved prospect Eric O'Dell for the Thrasher's Erik Christensen. Well it's about time to throw a Canadian back onto the squad after shedding Montador and Morrison. Christensen is a good young player that can potentially fit in very well as a 3rd or 4th line center. He has a good face-off percentage, which will be very helpful. At the age of 25, Christensen is still young and he can potentially reach his peak in a year or two. Nice pick up for the Ducks... especially for what happens next.

Samuel Pahlsson was shipped to the Blackhawks along with Logan Stephenson and a conditional draft pick for James Wisnewski and prospect Petri Kontiola. With the loss of Montador, the Ducks needed to refill that missing man behind the blue line. Wisnewski is having a slow season but he is slowly climbing out of that hole. With Pahlsson gone, it definitely spells the end of the infamous shut down line for the Ducks. While Pahlsson is a good player, he doesn't seem to fit the Ducks' goal of getting younger (and better... since the current team is a shadow of the Stanley Cup winning team). 

With 1/3 of the shutdown line gone... it probably won't hurt to get rid of another member. Travis Moen was later moved to the San Jose Sharks along with Kent Huskins for prospects Nick Bonino, goalie Timo Pielmeier and a conditional draft pick. Once again, the Ducks are getting rid of their UFAs for a series of young guys that can potentially make it big someday. Huskins is a good defensive defenseman and he will be missed. Those two players will definitely help give San Jose a push for the cup. In the meantime, this is a nice opportunity for the Ducks to rebuild and perhaps make a crack for the playoffs this season.

With fewer UFAs it also spells some stability for the Ducks in the upcoming seasons. It also clears up some space to perhaps resign some of their own UFAs and perhaps take a crack at the free agents come July 1st.
 
     

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The First NHL Trade Domino Falls 
  silverzero16
 
11:30am 03/03/2009
  The Pittsburgh Penguins trade Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.

Whitney is considered one of the best young defensemen in the game today and has the potential to be a first-pair defenseman in the future.  The fact that he was traded is not surprising because the return of Sergei Gonchar to the Pens’ lineup left Pittsburgh with a surplus of blueliners.  With the Pens looking (again) for a winger for Crosby, Whitney was seen as likely to get the best return in a trade.  With Scott Niedermayer expected to spend at most one more season in the NHL, this is Anaheim’s long-term solution.

Kunitz isn’t the biggest name in the league and probably not the biggest name that the Pens could have received if they pushed the issue.  In his favour, Kunitz is a decent goal scorer with a career high of 25 goals in a season.  Playing with Crosby or Malkin, that number should go up but Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko (who came to Pittsburgh this season) haven’t thrived playing with those superstars (both are on pace to score less than 40 points each).  As for Tangradi, he’s been rated as the second best prospect in the Ducks’ farm system.

My early pick for trade winner:  The Ducks
This past off-season, defensemen were paid a huge premium with even second pair defensemen getting contracts in the $4 million per season range. Being able to get a top player through 2013 for $4 million per year is a great spot for the perpetually salary cap challenged Ducks to be in.

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Beauchemin out 6 months 
  wikkeddandilion
 
08:31pm 15/11/2008
  Francois Beauchemin tore his acl an MRI confirmed today the injury was suffered during the 4-3OT loss to the Preds last night.

Ducks have recalled Bobby Ryan and Brent Festerling from Iowa.

Bobby Ryan will finally get his chance and if he fails it will probably be his last chance with the Ducks heres hoping he finally lives up to the hype.
 
     

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Ducks host Preds tonight 
  justgotwikked
 
03:52pm 14/11/2008
  Not much has changed on the ice for the Ducks since their last game almost a week ago. A disappointing 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Marking the second straight game they have allowed an opponent player to score a hat trick. However off the ice a new GM was named as Bob Murray takes over for Brian Burke. You can't blame Burke for wanting to leave to be with his family but you can sure blame him for the financial restraints he's tied the Ducks up in.
Tonight they host the Nashville Predators who are currently on a 1-3 roadtrip that saw their only win in dealing San Jose their first home loss of the season. Dan Ellis fresh off his 54 save effort a franchise record should get the start against J.S. Giguere.
 
     

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