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April 5, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks for the second time this season had to summon an emergency backup goaltender to their bench after Jonas Hiller was ruled out of Friday night's game at the Honda Center versus the Dallas Stars. The replacement, Rob Laurie of Corona, has a distant connection to the arena's history, given that he was the starting goaltender for the inline hockey Anaheim Bullfrogs on July 2, 1993, in the first professional sporting event at the arena. Laurie, 42, who proceeded to lead the Bullfrogs to the International League championship in 1993 while earning playoff most-valuable-player recognition, was expected to have a very short stint as the Ducks' backup goalie to Friday night starter Viktor Fasth.
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March 19, 2011
Ducks-Kings tonight When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830, 1150. Records: Ducks 38-27-5, Kings 40-26-5. Series: Kings lead, 2-1-0. Update: This is the fourth of six meetings this season and the 100th overall. The Ducks lead the series, 43-36-20, but they are 19-25-6 on the road. Kings left wing Kyle Clifford didn't practice Friday and won't play Saturday. He suffered an unspecified upper-body injury in a first-period fight Thursday and did not return to the game.
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July 7, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks on Sunday re-signed left wing Matt Beleskey to a two-year contract extension worth $2.7 million, a hockey official familiar with the deal reported. Beleskey, 25, scored 13 points (eight goals) last season, spending minimal time on the first line with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry while also participating as a physical presence willing to scrap with opponents. Beleskey led the club with 103 hits and was second in penalty minutes, and on the heels of a disappointing first-round exit against Detroit in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ducks' General Manager Bob Murray said physical play was part of the solution to improvement.
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February 1, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The rotation of Ducks forwards who sit out a game includes nearly every player other than stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, and ironman Andrew Cogliano, who has played in 515 games in a row. But 39-year-old center Saku Koivu is also among the typically active, as he was Saturday night against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. Koivu says he'll likely finalize whether this will be his final season when this one ends. If his hands finally hold the Stanley Cup after 18 NHL seasons, most believe Koivu will retire.
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January 11, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks will bring one of the strongest links to their 2007 Stanley Cup to the bench this season, naming distinguished defenseman Scott Niedermayer as an assistant coach to Bruce Boudreau on Friday. Niedermayer, 39, has been retired since 2010 and has served as a hockey operations consultant to the team. “Try to find answers for guys, give advice, little things I see when I'm watching a game,” Niedermayer said of his expected contributions. “We have some veteran defensemen I might not be quite as involved with.
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November 1, 2011
When: 4:30 PDT. Where: Verizon Center. On the air: TV: Versus; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 5-5-1; Capitals 7-2-0. Update: The Ducks made a small roster move Monday, sending down enforcer J.F. Jacques to their minor league team in Syracuse, N.Y., and bringing up center Nick Bonino. Rookie forward Devante Smith-Pelly practiced with the Ducks and made the trip with them to Washington. If he plays in his 10th game, which would be against the Capitals, it would then trigger the first year of his three-year entry-level deal.
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October 2, 2009 | Helene Elliott
1 The goaltending competition between Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Hiller will have a ripple effect. If Hiller prevails, the Ducks will have to ask Giguere to waive his no-trade clause because they can't take a $6-million salary cap hit this season and next for a backup. He could be attractive to teams whose goalies are hurt or struggling. 2 Their defense lost its meanness when they traded Chris Pronger and lost Francois Beauchemin to free agency. James Wisniewski can level people, but he can't be the only one. Luca Sbisa is an up-and-comer, but he's only 19 and has 39 games' NHL experience.
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March 28, 2010
Ducks tonight VS. DALLAS When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 35-31-8, Stars 33-28-14. Record vs. Stars: 1-3-0. Update: The Ducks' pregame tribute to Teemu Selanne's 600th goal will start shortly after 7, with the opening faceoff at 7:12. Center Ryan Getzlaf (ankle sprain) is questionable, as is defenseman Aaron Ward (bruised foot). Dallas, like the Ducks, looks like an also-ran for the postseason but is coming off a 4-1 victory over the Kings.
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July 16, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks brought back free agent Dustin Penner with a one-year contract Tuesday. The left wing has won a Stanley Cup both with Anaheim, where he began his NHL career in 2005, and with his most recent team, the Kings. Penner, 30, had two goals and 12 assists for the Kings last season and scored just 11 regular-season goals total in his three seasons with the team after averaging 24-plus in five seasons before that with Edmonton and the Ducks combined. He scored three goals for the Kings in the playoffs this year, and has 35 points (22 assists)
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