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Your Friendly Friday Links Roundup: The Holding Pattern Edition

[Ed. Note: New video from the You Can Play Project. Look for a familiar mustache making an appearance.]


Everyone has an idea about where Justin Schultz will likely end up, but no one has any definitive information. I think that he's genuinely considering all three of his options - the Ducks, free agency, or another year at Wisconsin. And until he makes his choice, we'll remain in a holding pattern.

An interesting comment from the Bucky's 5th Quarter piece:

I get the feeling that if the new CBA isn’t worked out and there is a lockout, he’d rather play his senior year at WI instead of playing in the AHL or Europe. Perhaps he considers his education to be more of a priority than other college players since he knows eventually he will be signed to an NHL deal someday anyway. Somewhere. Keeping all his options available can’t be a bad move.

  • Everyone's favorite prospect has resumed classes, but will be returning to his hometown, West Kelowna, British Columbia, for spring break in a few days. Currently booking my flight.... [Herald Times Reporter]
  • Chuck Schwartz at Bucky's 5th Quarter argues that he's unlikely to sign with the Ducks before the season concludes (he also says that the Vancouver Canucks are in the Schultz derby). [Bucky's 5th Quarter]
  • Canadian AC readers have already seen this, but Bob McKenzie thinks that the Edmonton Oilers have a real shot at signing Schultz. Analysts Aaron Ward and Marc Crawford chose Detroit and Toronto, respectively (possible teams that have been floated around AC). [Edmonton Journal]
  • Eric Stephens weighs in. [OC Register]
  • In other college defenseman news, former University of Maine blueliner Ryan Hegarty has signed an entry level contract with the Ducks. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 Draft (113th overall). Hegarty is a defensive defenseman who was +11 for the season, and he won a bronze medal with the USA U18 Team in 2008. He will be reporting to the Crunch today. [PS Syracuse Crunch]
  • Corey Perry and Jonas Hiller are candidates for the NHL 13 cover. Vote for them! [Ducks Daily Blog]
  • Emerson Etem is burning up the WHL playoffs. [Yahoo Canada]
  • The Syracuse Crunch beat the Adirondack Phantoms 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday. Kyle Palmieri scored the game winning goal, and Patrick Maroon scored the only Crunch goal in regulation. (Iiro Tarkki also made 34 saves). The Ducklings are now tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. [Your News Now Syracuse]
  • Bobby Ryan scored his 28th goal of the season on Wednesday, and is on track to have his fourth consecutive 30 goal season. Jonas Hiller set a franchise record with his 70th start of the season, and Teemu Selanne scored his 662nd career goal. He's only two goals away from passing Jaromir Jagr on the all-time list. []
  • Bobby Ryan + Nick Bonino + Kyle Palmieri/Devante Smith-Pelly = The Ducks' Third Scoring Line? [OC Register]
  • Montreal Canadiens General Manager (and former Ducks Assistant General Manager/President and General Manager) Pierre Gauthier has been fired. With all of the criticism that Bob Murray receives around these parts, would you like to see Gauthier resume his position with the Ducks organization? [Habs Eyes On The Prize]
  • Sunday's game (vs Edmonton) is Fan Appreciation Night. [Anaheim Ducks]
  • The Seven Sins of Internet Hockey Fans. (I know this is actually a Sharks gameday, but it's hilarious and very accurate. Especially the part about guys being gross creeps to girls). [Battle of Cali]
  • It's officially time for Leafs fans to jump on the Blue Jays bandwagon. [Backhand Shelf]