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Cammalleri, Miller Are Injured

September 23, 2003|Mike Bresnahan; Chris Foster | From Staff Reports

The King wheel of misfortune came clicking to a couple of stops again, this time landing on the names of Michael Cammalleri and Aaron Miller.

Cammalleri, one of the Kings' top prospects at forward, will be out four to six weeks after spraining a ligament in his left knee, and Miller, the veteran defenseman, is week to week because of a fractured left wrist.

Cammalleri, who was having a strong training camp, sprained his medial collateral ligament after taking a hip check in Sunday's exhibition game against San Jose.

He is the second King prospect to get hurt this month. Forward Jared Aulin will be sidelined up to six months after suffering a dislocated shoulder during a fight in a rookie game against the Mighty Ducks.

"It's been tough [losing] two of our top prospects," Coach Andy Murray said. "This just tests us. Cammalleri was having a tremendous training camp."

Miller initially injured his hand in a Sept. 15 scrimmage after crashing awkwardly into the boards. He believed he had suffered a bone bruise and continued to play last week, but tests Monday showed a slight fracture.

It is the latest in a line of injuries for Miller, who sat out 33 games last season because of foot and back injuries, and a hernia.

"It's definitely frustrating because I wanted to be out there skating right now," said Miller, who said he plans to play in the season opener Oct. 9 at Detroit.


Left wing Adam Deadmarsh (concussion, groin) and center Jason Allison (concussion) went through a rigorous non-contact workout before the team left for Colorado.

"The last four or five days have been better than the ones before," said Allison, who along with Deadmarsh won't play tonight against the Avalanche.


Centers Jeff Giuliano and Yanick Lehoux, wingers Pavel Rosa and Dan Welch and defenseman Francis Nault were assigned to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League.

-- Mike Bresnahan

The Ducks took their act to San Diego and will practice there the next three days. The work, though, will go on even after the players leave the rink, as the plan is for team-bonding activities.

"That'll be good for my golf game," forward Vaclav Prospal said. "It'll be fun. A lot of teams in the East do this. It helps."

Besides golf, the Ducks will have team dinners and other group activities. "We have had some changes on this roster," Coach Mike Babcock said. "This will give us a chance to get to know each other. It is time for us to take a step as a team."

General Manager Bryan Murray said he was considering taking the team out of town for five days next training camp, possibly to Palm Desert, which has a new ice rink.


Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was held out of Sunday's game because of a visa problem, which Duck officials are expecting to be cleared up this week.

Babcock said last week that Giguere was scheduled to start Sunday's game against Phoenix. Martin Gerber started instead, with Ilya Brzgalov playing as well.

Duck officials are expecting immigration papers to be completed in time for Giguere to play against Florida on Friday.


The Ducks trimmed their roster to 29:

Keith Aucoin, Juha Alen, Chris Armstrong, Eddy Ferhi, Casey Hankinson, Chris Kunitz, Tony Martensson, Shane O'Brien, Pierre Parenteau, Cory Pecker, Joel Perrault, Igor Pohanka, Todd Reirden and Nick Smith were assigned to Cincinnati. Sandro Sbrocca was released.


Individual game tickets for the first 17 home games will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Tickets may be bought online at, by phone with Ticketmaster at (714) 740-2000 or (213) 480-3232, or by using the automated Duck charge line at (714) 703-2545. Tickets may also be purchased at the Arrowhead Pond and at ESPNZone in Anaheim.

-- Chris Foster

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