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Ducks demote Etem, recall Vatanen prior to Game 3

May 8, 2014, 2:18 PM EDT

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Emerson Etem #65 of the Anaheim Ducks skates prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on November 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. Getty Images

Just hours before puck drop for Game 3 of their series against the Kings, the Ducks sent speedster Emerson Etem down to AHL Norfolk, recalling defenseman Sami Vatanen.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise. After playing just two of six first-round games against the Stars, Etem drew back in for the opening set against L.A. and received good minutes, averaging over 11 per night while putting four shots on goal.

Boudreau said he liked the contributions Etem and fellow youngster Devante Smith-Pelley brought following Game 1′s loss, saying both would’ve been with the Ducks throughout the year “if it wasn’t for numbers.”

As for Vatanen, he returns to Anaheim after scoring 21 points in 48 games this year. With the club looking for more offense, it seems as though the Finnish blueliner could make his postseason debut in the hopes of some — the Ducks have just two points from their defense against the Kings this series, both of them coming from Cam Fowler.

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Let’s see. Squirting water into gloves, advertising that they’re going to get into Quick’s head, making roster changes.

    Keep trying, Ducks. Eventually, you might come up with something that works against the Kings. I’m thinking that’ll happen sometime in June.

    • stuuuu86 - May 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      What are they supposed to do? Not try?

      • patthehockeyfan - May 8, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Of course they’re supposed to try. I think next, it’ll be voodoo dolls and a witchdoctor doing a dance at center ice at the Honda Center (assuming they get back there).

  2. areaman714 - May 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Probably a move to improve the point on the power play. I don’t think he gets too many 5 on 5 minutes.

  3. areaman714 - May 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Yep.

  4. areaman714 - May 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Yep. I am sure the Kings have never strategized or made lineup changes to improve their play.

    • dannymac17 - May 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Uh, not on purpose. Players got injured. Not demoted.

      • areaman714 - May 8, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        LOL. The Kings are the only team in the NHL that never send any player down. The mind of a Raider fan continues to amaze.

      • dannymac17 - May 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        In the playoffs, the Kings have not sent anyone down.

      • dannymac17 - May 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        And thats cute calling me a Raider fan. I am actually a Chargers and Kings fan. And yet you are in the 0-2 hole. QUACK QUACK

      • areaman714 - May 8, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Well, The Kings took the Raiders colors to attract Raiders fans . . . It worked . . .

      • blomfeld - May 8, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        ‘DUCK YOU’ AREAMAN ! … SERIOUSLY

      • dannymac17 - May 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        And yet the Ducks took the Broncos colors. Chokers when it matters.

  5. 22lakings22 - May 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Easy, Pat…you’re beginning to sound like one of those bandwagon fans everyone dislikes. I like your enthusiasm, but the Ducks are pissed & they’re on a mission.

    While I appreciate the Ducks laying out their game plan for the Kings to counter (a la the Sharks), I expect the next couple of games to be the Kings’ biggest challenges yet. We need a full 60 minutes out of the Kings, and I’m hoping that’s what we witness at Staples tonight. Go Kings Go!

  6. aldog83 - May 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Ducks are the #1 seed.

    Beat down the Kings in regular season.

    Hiller has played great!

    Now I hope the wheels come off and his confidence crumbles!!!!

    Get well Mitchell and Reghyr we need you to keep Getzlaf and Perry contained.

    0-3 or 2-0 who cares!!! One at a time Kings!

    We proud to be Kings Fans!!!

    GKG!!!!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - May 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      YOU TELL ‘EM ALDOG83 ! … :)

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