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DUCKS REPORT

Marha Sent Down for Conditioning

November 07, 1998|ELLIOTT TEAFORD

As expected, the Ducks sent center Josef Marha to Cincinnati of the American Hockey League on Friday to play his way into shape. Marha has been sidelined since Oct. 10 because of a sprained right ankle.

Pierre Gauthier, Duck team president and general manager, said he hoped Marha's stay in the minor leagues would be short.

"He's a part of our starting lineup," Gauthier said. "We like him. He brings a lot of offense to the lineup and he's good on the power play."

Asked how long he expected Marha to be in Cincinnati, Gauthier said, "It's up to him to play well over there, but the sooner [he's back in Anaheim], the better. He's got to get back into game shape first. He's three weeks behind everyone else."

Marha had nine goals and nine assists in 23 games last season, splitting time between the Ducks and the Colorado Avalanche. The Ducks acquired Marha from the Avalanche for winger Warren Rychel last March 24.

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