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It's not really the moment we've been waiting for, but it kind of looks like it.

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We're inching closer and closer to real hockey. Rookie games and public training camp practices are all well and good, but it only gets better. Tonight the Ducks (technically) open the preseason in Colorado at 6 pm Pacific Time, but before that game is even over they'll also be getting underway at Honda Center.

The first day of preseason always holds a certain level of excitement, but most of it is an illusion. It looks so much like a real hockey game that you can almost taste it. The first chance to (maybe) see new players like Ryan Kesler and (for the Avs) Jerome Iginla in their new uniforms; for some of us the first time being back in the building since .... well you know; the dulcet tones of Steve Carroll and Dan Wood on the radio broadcast (web only).

Sure, by the middle of the second period I'll remember that I don't give a crap about these games and in reality they're pretty boring, not to mention by this time next week it will feel like a whole extra month has passed and we'll be dying for some competitive action. But for now we can enjoy the excitement of the first game.

Rosters

Ducks: Latest/original full training camp roster.Avalanche: Latest full training camp roster. Interestingly, even though they haven't played a preseason game yet, the Avs have already cut 11 players to get their roster down to 56. That's still eight more than the Ducks originally brought to camp, including injured Ducks Kyle Palmieri, Shea Theodore AND Duck in name/contract only Sheldon Souray.
Stay tuned for updates (especially on the expected rosters) as the day goes on, but in the mean time feel free to comment away.,,

And the rosters have been officially released:

In Anaheim
Ducks Avs
31 G Frederik Andersen 20 G Reto Berra
36 G John Gibson 34 G Roman Will
4 D Cam Fowler 2 D Nick Holden
6 D Ben Lovejoy 3 D Karl Stollery
10 RW Corey Perry 5 D Nate Guenin
15 C Ryan Getzlaf 10 C Ben Street
16 LW Emerson Etem 14 C Troy Bourke
18 RW Tim Jackman 18 C Jesse Winchester
20 C David Steckel 24 C Marc-Andre Cliche
23 D Francois Beauchemin 27 D Bruno Gervais
36 LW Matt Beleskey 28 C Paul Carey
41 LW John Kurtz 36 C Garrett Meurs
42 D Josh Manson 37 C Colin Smith
44 C Nate Thompson 42 C Samuel Henley
46 LW Nick Ritchie 43 C Michael Sgarbossa
47 D Hampus Lindholm 44 D Ryan Wilson
50 LW Nicolas Kerdiles 46 D Stefan Elliott
51 LW Dany Heatley 53 LW Michael Schumacher
52 D Brendan Bell 55 LW Cody McLeod
54 D Andrew O'Brien 56 D Daniel Maggio
62 C Chris Wagner 71 RW Borna Rendulic
67 RW Rickard Rakell
74 C/LW Joseph Cramarossa
78 C Charlie Sarault

In Colorado
Ducks Avs
30 G Jason LaBarbera 31 G Calvin Pickard
72 G Igor Bobkov 74 G Sami Aittokallio
3 D Clayton Stoner 6 D Erik Johnson
7 C/LW Andrew Cogliano 9 C Matt Duchene
12 RW Devante Smith-Pelly 12 RW Jarome Iginla
17 C Ryan Kesler 15 C Mitchell Heard
19 LW Patrick Maroon 16 D Duncan Siemens
28 D Mark Fistric 17 D Brad Stuart
33 RW Jakob Silfverberg 22 D Zach Redmond
37 D Mat Clark 25 C Maxime Talbot
38 C William Karlsson 26 D Maxim Noreau
40 LW Steve MacIntyre 29 C Nathan MacKinnon
43 C/LW Max Friberg 32 LW Andrew Agozzino
45 D Sami Vatanen 38 C Joey Hishon
48 RW Brandon Yip 40 LW Alex Tanguay
55 LW Brad Winchester 45 RW Dennis Everberg
57 LW Kenton Helgesen 48 C Daniel Briere
58 C Matt Bailey 49 C Conner Bleackley
60 D Kevin Gagne 57 D Chris Bigras
61 D Nathan McIver 81 C Tomas Vincour
64 RW Stefan Noesen
65 C Louis Leblanc
77 D Jesse Blacker

A few quick thoughts on the rosters.

1) How is it possible that both Colorado rosters contain three fewer players than the Ducks when the Avs have so many more players in camp?

2) Preseason results matter less than almost anything else in the world... However, if the Ducks sure as hell better win that game in Anaheim. I understand wanting to ice some recognizable names at home, as well as not subjecting your first team to extra unnecessary travel. But we send them Ryan Kesler and they send us.... Cody McLeod?