James O'Brien

Touching tributes to Paris from NHL teams

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It’s a busy night in the NHL, but the league made it a point to show its support for Paris after Friday’s frightening events.

You can see the Ottawa Senators’ tribute in the video below (if the league provides a montage of tributes, that will be added later).

There are plenty of individual and team-related reactions beyond that.

Here’s a collection of some of the more touch tributes.

Despres’ concussion symptoms continue, Ducks make roster moves

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Times are tough for the Anaheim Ducks, and the latest news doesn’t paint a picture that’s one bit rosier.

The team announced that defenseman Simon Despres is still dealing with a concussion suffered from a hit that took place about a month ago. The one bright side is that he’s at least starting the process when it comes to getting better.

GM Bob Murray said that it will still be about a week or two before Despres is even cleared for physical contact.

In other Ducks news, Anaheim recalled Nick Ritchie and Michael Sgarbossa while sending Max Friberg and Korbinian Holzer to the AHL.

Columbus places Dubinsky on IR, expect him to miss 2-3 weeks

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The Columbus Blue Jackets shared more information about Brandon Dubinsky‘s health, and they even specified that his “upper-body injury” is actually elbow-related.

The Blue Jackets revealed that Dubinsky is expected to miss about two-to-three weeks with that injury; he’s been placed on injured reserve.

After beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, they turn around and face the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Dalton Prout will be a healthy scratch while Kerby Rychel gets a chance to make an impression on John Tortorella.

He won’t need to worry about prior baggage, either.

The Ducks are walking on eggshells, with half a brain

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Read this post if you want to learn about Anaheim’s latest loss, and how grim things look thanks to an upcoming road trip.

Read this one if you want to chuckle/grimace at the Ducks’ reactions to Friday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders.

It’s the sort of stuff that might make a general manager or owner squirm, if you’re into that whole … “watching the hot seat” thing.

Maybe the biggest debate is “Who came up with the most deflating comments?”

(You know things are bad when someone says “we need to have fun again.”)

  • Bruce Boudreau plainly speaks of the Ducks playing well in pockets but not putting it together.

So, which comments were the most amusing or disturbing? Do share.

Again, a more in-depth post can be found here.

Downward Ducks: Isles hand Anaheim its third straight loss

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Here’s a great way to squander benefit of the doubt: lose three games in a row, all at home.

The first two weeks of November were supposed to be a saving grace for the Anaheim Ducks; unfortunately, they only held up the first half of that bargain.

After winning four games in a row to start the month, they’ve now dropped three straight games, and Friday’s 4-1 defeat (obviously) didn’t even provide them with the solace of a standings point.

Instead, they leave “The Pond” empty-handed after losing to the New York Islanders, and the road ahead looks bumpy at best.

The Ducks face a four-game road trip through “non-traditional” locales: Carolina, Nashville, Florida and finally Tampa Bay. They also play five of six on the road.

The see-saw swings the other way with a nice run of home dates from late November to mid-December, yet once again one has to wonder if Bruce Boudreau’s seat will get too hot in the near future.

As this Natural Stat Trick chart shows, the Islanders probably deserved the win, rather than merely getting “bounces.”

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Ducks management has been patient through this slow start, but you think Boudreau’s running out of chances?