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Updated July 31 at 2:52 p.m.

Okay, we've got the new poll question up. I hate to bring another sport into it, but I thought it would be a good topic. Before anyone emails about this, keep in mind that Todd Marchant was picked up on waivers in November '05. He was not acquired in a trade. A lot of people think he was part of the Sergei Fedorov trade, but that was Francois Beauchemin and Tyler Wright. Marchant was picked up a week later.


Updated July 31 at 2:19 p.m.

I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but one of the summer shows I've added to my DVR is the VH1 series "Scott Baio is 45 and Single". Compelling television it is not, but it's worth 30 minutes (or 23 with fast-forwarding) of my time. My time really isn't all that valuable.

The show is fairly contrived and often seemingly staged (although aren't most reality shows?), but there is a laugh or two here and there. Anyway, Entertainment Weekly's website has posted a Q&A with him that requires a remarkable four pages to navigate. But there are some entertaining parts in there, like the quote "If people are going to call me Chachi to break my [spirit], then I got a problem" and the revelation that he lost track of "Charles in Charge" co-star Willie Aames several years ago.

It makes me wonder when was the last time Will Smith chatted with DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Updated July 31 at 1:19 p.m.

We're working on putting up a new poll question on the home page,  so stay tuned for that. We're trying to put up a new one weekly, though the movie one has stayed up a little longer than that. As I write this, "The Mighty Ducks" has sprung to a huge cushion, leading "Miracle" 40.40% to 29.05%. It appears there is no stopping "The Mighty Ducks".

Strangely enough, I noticed that Phoenix's website had the same exact poll on their home page, with drastically different results. "Slap Shot" leads with 27.56% of the vote and 'Miracle is a close second with 26.92%. "The Mighty Ducks" and "Mystery, Alaska" are tied for third with 16,67%. Now, I can understand why "The Mighty Ducks" would not be as successful with Phoenix website visitors as it is with our visitors, but the other discrepancies are interesting. I guess the Coyotes draw an entirely different audience than we do.

Updated July 31 at 10:46 a.m.

Good morning, everybody. My apologies for not posting yesterday, but I didn't want to take away from the vital information I posted over the weekend about fighting camps and apathetic "sports bar" patrons. Also, I was feeling a little lazy. 

You have to check out the edition of Stanley Cup Journal on the Hockey Hall of Fame's website. It details a Cup party at Chris Pronger's house that will certainly make you jealous that you weren't there. One of the details I took from the report was that Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray (and now the show "Extra") likes to drink cranberry and vodka. Isn't that a chick's drink? When he's feeling really surly, does he sip on a Zima? In all seriousness, it's another nice account from writer Kevin Shea, and you can check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Updated July 29 at 10:03 p.m.

Okay, I'm a little embarrassed. It takes a real man to admit when he was wrong, and, well, I'm going to do it anyway.

Turns out I was misinformed about the Dustin Penner situation. The ONLY way the Ducks can re-sign him is if they match Edmonton's offer of 5 years,  21.25 million dollar for dollar. Unlike I cited before, they can NOT offer him less money and still sign him. They have to match the Edmonton offer exactly.

My apologies for misinterpreting that on Friday. I promise not to mislead you again. Well, at least I'll try.

Updated July 28 at 11:46 a.m.

Here's something I found strange last night. I went to Fox Sports Grill with my girlfriend for dinner, because we thought it would be a nice setting to watch the Angels game and at the same time see if Barry Bonds was going to tie the record. Now, I'm not going to go into my feelings about Bonds and this record. I just wanted to get a glance at history if given the opportunity.

Bonds had hit homer 754 earlier in the game and needed one more to tie the record as we sat down at our table. The Giants game was being shown on one of the smaller (but still large) screens next to the really big screen high on the wall that was showing the Angels game. During the time we were there, Bonds came up to the plate twice. Each time, I glanced around the very large bar and dining area and could hardly find ONE person looking up at the screen. This was a chance at 755! And it's not like they were staging some sort of anti-Bonds protest. They were just engaged in other things. I don't think they were watching the Angels game either.

It's one thing if we were in a regular old bar and restaurant that happened to be showing the ballgame on the TV. But Fox Sports Grill is supposed to be a sports bar. That's nothing against Fox Sports Grill, which has good food and drink and generally good service. Although, I do think they try to make it more than a sports bar since they usually blare music (with a couple of screens showing accompanying videos on this particular night) instead of the audio from game telecasts.

Nevertheless, I found the whole thing very peculiar.

Updated July 28 at 11:34 a.m.

Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard and his brother Aaron (who recently signed with Pittsburgh) are holding their second annual Derek Boogaard Fighting Camp in their hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan. Apparently the kids in the camp (ranging in age from 12 to 18) wear full equipment, including boxing gloves, an receive an hour of supervised training with the brothers. Their training "teaches kids how to protect themselves and not hurt one another."

I see. They want them to not hurt each other. Here is a photo of the t-shirt the campers receive.

You might remember Derek as the gentleman who elbowed Chris Pronger during warmups of Game 5 of the first round of playoffs, sparking a mini-scuffle between the Ducks and Wild. Of course, the Ducks got the best revenge in that game, winning 4-1 to slam the door on the series. And Boogaard did not take part in the postgame handshake.

I don't know if Ducks fans will be outraged by the camp or are wondering how they can sign their kids up for the George Parros Fighting Camp.

Updated July 27 at 3:22 p.m.

A fan named Mark brought to my attention a site that has some nice Ducks desktop wallpapers. While I'm hesitant to drive traffic away from our site and our wallpapers, these are pretty good.  CLICK HERE to take a look.

Updated July 27 at 12:13 p.m.

Thank you to the many of you who sent the "keep doing what you're doing" emails. I really appreciate it. To honor that sentiment, I just want to mention that the battery in my watch has run out. I hate that. You look at your watch as you walk out the door for work to see if you're running late and it says 11:50 ... yesterday. It seems like it's doing that every six months. That can't be right, can it?

On to something more hockey related. It looks like a career in politics is not in the cards for me. I urge people to vote for "Miracle" or "Slap Shot" or anything but "The Mighty Ducks" and what happens? "The Mighty Ducks" takes a substantial lead in the poll. Oh well.

Updated July 27 at 10:52 a.m.

With this whole Dustin Penner thing, I've had a  couple of emails from fans a little confused about this whole "restricted free agent" thing. Under the guidelines of restricted NHL free agents, the Ducks have seven days (from yesterday) to match the Oilers' offer of $21.25 million over 5 years. Since Penner is restricted, if the Ducks match that offer, he is obligated to re-sign with Anaheim. If the Ducks offer less, it is Penner's right to take that offer and stay with the Ducks.  Or he can reject that offer and sign with Edmonton.

Also, to be clear, Penner has NOT signed with Edmonton. He has just signed an offer sheet. The Ducks can still sign him.

Now, if Penner does sign with Edmonton, the Ducks get compensation. In this case, they would get first-round, second-round and third-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft.

Moving on, I've also had a couple of emails from people urging me to stop writing about matters that don't relate to the Ducks and/or hockey. My intention has been to just to add something different to this blog, especially in the offseason when there is not as much going on. What do you think? Send me an email.

Updated July 26 at 1:23 p.m.

Well, in case you missed it , Edmonton reportedly offered Dustin Penner $21.25 million over 5 years.  If that's true, the Ducks have seven days to match the offer. We'll see what happens with that one.

By the way, the Sharks have a new logo (at right), that they say is "much tougher." Personally, I liked the old one better. I thought a vicious, man-eating, predatory, sea-faring animal biting through a wooden hockey stick was tough enough. Now he's just more teal. Although, I will say he does look a bit angrier.

In the poll on their website, a leading 30% of their fans said they "Don't really like it." Well, nobody likes change. I'm sure they'll get used to it. Why does that sound familiar?

Updated July 25 at 4:45 p.m.

In case you didn't already see this in Randy Youngman's column in the Register today, the Cup will on display starting at noon at the Huntington Beach Pier this Sunday during the final day of the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing. The competition is free of charge.

Updated July 25 at 9:38 a.m.

It's a tough time in the world of our beloved celebrity party girls. Paris is an ex-con, Lindsey just fell off the wagon (or is it on the wagon? I can never remember) and got a second DUI in as many months (how fantastic is that mug shot, by the way?), Nicole Richie might be tossed in the slammer for her difficulty with learning to drive while sober and now there is news that Britney had a colossal meltdown during a magazine fashion shoot. What can we believe in anymore? Somebody get the Olson twins on the phone.

There are some parts of this job I think I'll never get used to. You never know when you'll be heading into work and share an elevator with Teemu Selanne. Or you'll walk outside your office building and see autograph seekers outside. (They look up with that anticipation in their eyes, and when they see it's just you, they're disappointment is unmistakable.) Then you have today, where I walked from my car to the office and passed a half dozen giant elephants in the parking lot (the circus is here for 12 days). Not a lot of people have that in their jobs.

By the way, "The Mighty Ducks" still holds a very slim lead (by 1 percent) in our poll on the home page. I've gotten a few pro-"Mighty Ducks" emails since I posted that rant yesterday, including one that said "If the geniuses at Disney didn't create 'The Mighty Ducks' you wouldn't have this job." Well, I suppose that's true.

One last thought for the morning. Can someone tell me what the deal is with Nickelback? Why are they so popular? I have XM Radio in my car, and a few of the music channels I listen to seemingly play Nickelback every third song. I don't think there is a moment that goes by in the day where Nickelback isn't on some station on satellite radio. I don't get it. Maybe some of their songs have a catchy melody, but the lead singer's voice makes my teeth itch. This is what I imagine Satan sounds like when he sings a tune ... when he has a cold. It's like running a screeching cat's claws down a chalkboard, with a motorcycle engine and a car alarm as backup music. 

Updated July 24 at 9:45 a.m.

I just took a look at the latest poll results on the home page and I am aghast. I understand this isn't exactly the Presidential Election on the importance scale, but COME...ON...PEOPLE! "The Mighty Ducks" is first with more than 35 percent of the vote?? That's preposterous. Nothing against "The Mighty Ducks", but you're voting for that over an epic true story of the 1980 USA Olympic team? Or possibly the funniest sports movie of all time? Or a hockey movie that stars both Rob Lowe AND Patrick Swayze? This is insane.

People, I implore you to stuff the ballot box (or electronic ballot box or whatever it's called) with something OTHER than "The Mighty Ducks". I'll keep this poll up there until something changes.

Updated July 23 at 8:48 a.m.

Here are the results of our last Ducks poll on the home page, where we asked which Eastern Conference team you were most looking forward to seeing. More than 2,100 voted and indicated that they're most looking forward to a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final. (The Ducks won that one, by the way.)

Boston     9.44%
Buffalo     26.13 %
Montreal  13.99 %
Ottawa     37.55%
Toronto    12.90%

Here's our next poll question: Which hockey movie is your favorite? And please, no nasty emails for my including "The Mighty Ducks "in there. Personally, I still laugh hard at "Slap Shot" after multiple viewings and I think "Mystery, Alaska" is great. But nothing beats "Miracle". Although, I think it was a little unrealistic. There is no way that little USA team could beat those Russians in real life.

Get in there and vote. This is important!

Updated July 22 at 10:24 p.m.

I got back from my weekend in Chicago earlier today. What a fantastic city. Stepping into Wrigley Field for the first time was truly magical. Really got to me. It made me flash back to the times when I was a kid and we first got cable and I would watch Cubs day games during the summer on  WGN. I remember  I could name the entire starting lineup of the great '84 Cubs, as well as those crappy Atlanta Braves teams they showed on TBS. I don't think there is a team in the league I can do that with anymore. Maybe the Angels.

Okay, on to some hockey stuff (kind of). I've gotten a lot of questions about whether George Parros' name is going to be on the Cup. I'm having trouble getting official word on this, but from what I hear, Brian Burke told fans that it is definitely going to happen. So, expect that unless you hear differently.

Speaking of Georgie, a fan named Kevin brought this site to my attention. The American Mustache Institute has their own website (of course they do). The masthead for the site says "Protecting the rights of, and fighting discrimination against, mustached Americans. by promoting the growth, care and culture of the mustache." I didn't know bigotry against "mustached Americans" was a problem in this country, but I'll take their word for it.

Anyway, they currently have a feature where you can vote for the best sports mustache of all time. Poor Georgie isn't on there among the likes of Adam Morrison, Dale Earnhardt and Rollie Fingers. Now is your chance to bring that to the attention of the venerable AMI and vote for Georgie as a write-in candidate. I'm expecting quite a ground swell on this, so make it happen.

That's it for me. You've been great.

Updated July 19 at 2:28 p.m.

The NHL will make live games available on the internet starting next season, through a company called NeuLion Inc. There will be an online version of the league’s Center Ice package for out-of-market games. It will be a similar arrangement to what Major League Baseball offers. Fans will be charged about $15 a night or $169 for the entire season. About 45 games will be aired each week.Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you can watch Ducks games if you live in their market, but that's good news for out-of-town fans.

On a personal note, I'm heading to Chicago for the first time tomorrow for a reunion with some old friends. We're going to a Cubs game Saturday with bleacher seat tickets that I have paid for in advance on my credit card. We'll see how easy it is to get my friends to reimburse me for their tickets. There's nothing worse than asking a friend for money he owes you and feeling like you're a jerk for asking.

Anyway, if I have nothing better to report Ducks-wise next week, maybe I'll throw in some stories from my first Chicago experience. At least my dad will enjoy it.

Updated July 18 at 2:08 p.m.

A fan who calls himself Duckbill on our message board and DiscoFett on You Tube has posted on that site a nice video of the top 10 Ducks playoff goals from this season. CLICK HERE to see it.

My personal favorite was Teemu's in overtime of Game 5 at Detroit because it came out of nowhere in a game that the Ducks appeared to have no chance to win. Plus, I was in Joe Louis that night and to hear the crowd go suddenly silent after that goal was almost as satisfying as any Honda Center roar. My other favorite was the Corey Perry goal at the end of Game 5 of the Final. The way he just pounced on the loose puck and drilled it past Emery was outstanding, only to be bettered by the way Sean O'Donnell drilled him with a hug after it.

Updated July 18 at 10:27 a.m.

Yes, you'll notice there is a picture of me in this blog now, right over there in the upper right corner. Wasn't my idea, but a few people recommended it, so I'm going with it. As soon as my friends' ridicule becomes too much to handle, I'm yanking it off there.

There is a bit of an update on the Scott Niedermayer situation in the Canadian Press today. CLICK HERE to read that one. Meanwhile, TSN has a story that you can file under "Ya THINK?" The headline: "Niedermayer may make decision before camp".

Meanwhile, forgot to tell you yesterday to check out the latest version of Stanley Cup Journal. This version features Drew Miller's visit back to Michigan. CLICK HERE to see that.

Okay, on to other things. I watched the second episode of the "Bronx is Burning" miniseries last night on ESPN. It's not outstanding, but it's not too shabby. That's enough of a criteria for viewable TV these days. Speaking of that, I'm not sure what to think of "Entourage" these days. Seems pretty hit or miss. And that fake trailer for Medellin? It almost looks like a good movie until you see Vince in that fat suit with the puffed out cheeks. Kind of throws me off.

I have to say, the song "Makes Me Wonder" by Maroon 5 is pretty darn catchy. Is it wrong to like that song?

Updated July 17 at 12:05 p.m.

I've got some exciting news. Hold on to your hats and glasses. The Ducks schedule is now available to download to your Outlook calendar. CLICK HERE to go to the download page and follow the instructions.

Updated July 16 at 6:48 p.m.

One of our message boarders found this You Tube video of Todd Bertuzzi when he was with Vancouver. This was after he was suspended for the hit on Steve Moore. He showed up for the last game of the regular season, when the Canucks players gave their jerseys to the fans. See if it doesn't get a little dusty in the room when you watch this. CLICK HERE

Updated July 16 at 10:36 a.m.

I happen to think bets between mayors of cities dueling in a championship went out of style around the same time as rubber bracelets. Nevertheless, the Register has a story on Ottawa mayor Larry O'Brien wearing a Ducks jersey and Mickey Mouse ears to a city council meeting. CLICK HERE to read it.

Updated July 16 at 9:08 a.m.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I spent some time with family this weekend, including my sister and baby niece, both of whom I was able to appease with some orange Ducks sweatshirts. Having that Team Store up there is pretty convenient when it comes to quick gifts. My dad's Father's Day, birthday and Christmas gifts are a no-brainer. It's nice.

On the way to work today, I saw a Ducks bumper sticker on the car in front of me. I'm seeing those types of things more and more these days. It used to be you'd be more likely to see a woman over 40 in Newport Beach with all of her original parts than you would a Ducks bumper sticker. I like this a lot better.

There was a blog on the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's website that indicated that Scott Niedermayer held off his retirement announcement until after brother Rob's wedding, which was last Saturday. We're not hearing anything like that around here, but who knows? CLICK HERE to read that.

We've put a new poll on the home page, so check that out when you get a chance. Here are the results of the last one, which asked which Ducks free agent signing was your favorite:

Mathieu Schneider

Todd Bertuzzi

Shane Hnidy

Updated July 13 at 3:45 p.m.

I found something that's just as good as seeing the Cup in person (okay, not really). It's a place on the internet where you can get a 3-D view of the Cup. You have to do a quick download of Viewpoint Media Player and then you can see close-up views of the Cup from all sides. (Sorry, Mac users, but it doesn't work for you right now.) Apparently, they created this in 2001, because the Colorado team that won that year is the last team listed on there. Nevertheless, it's still pretty cool. CLICK HERE to check it out.

Updated July 13 at 2:40 p.m.

There isn't a whole heck of a lot going on in Ducks land these days, so I apologize if the updates haven't been as frequent and as wildly entertaining as in the past. I do want to address something that has been emailed to me a lot in the past few days. We're completely sympathetic to fans who see our features on where the Cup has been and want to know where it is going  to be. There is no schedule of where the Cup is going to be.

I mentioned this before, but rest assured that there will be opportunities to see the Cup in person. We are still working out how to arrange such a thing while still maintaining some kind of order with the expected crowds. When we finish planning something, we will certainly post it on the website.

Okay, moving on. I really hope people are enjoying the new site. I've gotten a handful of negative emails about the design and how it reflects a framework that the NHL has created for every team in the league (some of which will convert in the coming days). Believe me, I'm not normally big on change. My decision to move apartments two months ago required a deep soul-searching, an agonizing back-and-forth process in my mind and the advice of about a dozen friends and family. Then when I got the new place, I decorated it EXACTLY as the old place looked. By the way, did I mention I moved to a place in the same complex, about 500 yards away?

So, coming from a guy who normally likes things the way they are, I happen to be very pleased with the new site. Yes, it doesn't have a look that differentiates us from the rest of the league, but I still think it's a very clean and easy-to-navigate look. Plus. the new features on this site are incredible. Recaps of games and stats dating back to 2000 are there for you in just a couple of clicks. There are game highlights dating back to '05 and personal highlights for Ducks players on their bio pages. There is an all-time roster feature, where you can find every guy who ever donned a Ducks sweater and check out his bio. There is a webcam that is focused 24 hours a day on Teemu Selanne's living room.

Okay, I made that last one up.

By the way, those of you who have cell phones with internet access can find a cool miniature version of this site at ducks.nhl.com/mobile. It has the site's news and features, scores, schedule and standings. Just type that address into the web browser on your phone or Treo or iPhone or whatever you have.

One last thing. Check out the latest edition of the Stanley Cup Journal from the Hockey Hall of Fame. This one focuses on Todd Marchant, one of the many really good guys on the Ducks. This is a guy who shaved his head back in October just so he could go as Dr. Evil for Halloween. The best part of the Journal may be the Todd Marchant pinata. CLICK HERE to check it out.

Updated July 12 at 2:30 p.m.

You'll notice that we have significantly added to our photo gallery section, which you can check out by CLICKING HERE. We have galleries dating back two years and I happen to think they are pretty cool. We're still working on putting all those galleries in the right order, so excuse us if some aren't sorted quite right. Our latest one involves an impromptu trip the Cup took around Southern California. CLICK HERE for that story, which includes a link to that photo gallery.

J.S. Giguere, Andy McDonald and the Cup were on the Hot List on ESPNews on Monday. CLICK HERE for the video.

Finally, a non-hockey note. I heard of a website yesterday where you can have your cell phone called at a specific day and time  with your choice of several options of the recorded voice on the other end. It's a good way to get out of a meeting or an uncomfortable date. The site is called popularitydialier.com. Take a look.

Updated July 11 at 5:40 p.m.

The Ducks Message Board has been added to the site. Keep in mind that the look of it will improve in the coming days, but it is functional now. You can jump to it by CLICKING HERE or in the future, clicking Message Boards under the FAN ZONE pulldown menu.

Updated July 11 at 4:17 p.m.

Here is an interesting statistic:

1. Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
2. Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks
3. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
4. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks
5. Peter Forsberg, Nashville Predators
6. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
7. Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks
8. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
9. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
10. Andy McDonald, Anaheim Ducks

Updated July 11 at 1:08 p.m.

Well, I hope everyone is enjoying the new website. It truly is a nice upgrade on the old one with a lot more stuff to view. You may notice that there is no link to the Message Board as of yet. We have a bit of a delay on that and we do apologize. Look for that in the Fan Zone pulldown in the very near future, and I'll post something here as soon as its up.

If anyone cares to email me with their comments about the new site, please feel free at abrady@anaheimducks.com.

Updated July 10 at 10:54 a.m.

I got a chance to see the Ducks Stanley Cup Championship DVD yesterday at a special screening at Honda Center for Season Seat Holders. It truly is fantastic. If you don't get goosebumps in the first two minutes, you are dead inside. It's available at the Ducks Team Store right now, or you can buy it online by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you to Ducks fan Michael for sending along this audio of J.S. Giguere, Andy McDonald and the Cup on Kevin and Bean yesterday. CLICK HERE to listen. 

Updated July 9 at 2:32 p.m.

One of the best stories on the Ducks is the rise of Dustin Penner from a guy who got cut by his junior teams and made himself into one of the top rookies in the league last year. His story has been written about extensively - including by yours truly in Ducks Digest - but this recent piece by Randy Turner in the Winnipeg Free Press is outstanding. CLICK HERE to read it.

Updated July 9 at 12:32 p.m.

As promised, here's a photo of that billboard the Angels put up on the 57. Very classy move on their part.

Updated July 9 at 9:08 a.m.

I hope everybody had a lovely weekend. I was down in San Diego, where I went to a Padres game on Saturday afternoon. I saw a guy there wearing an orange Ducks t-shirt (the one we gave away on opening night). As I walked by him I said, "Hey, Ducks!" and you know what he said? Nothing. He didn't hear me.

Moving on, J.S. Giguere, Andy McDonald and the Cup will be in studio on XTRA/KLAC's "Loose Cannons" show from noon to 1 today. That's on AM 570. They were also on "Kevin and Bean" this morning, but I didn't warn you about that in time. You might be able to find an archive of the show at www.kroq-data.com.

The three will also be on "City by City" from the ESPNZone at Downtown Disney at either 2:20 or 2:40 p.m. live on ESPNews.

Updated July 6 at 11:13 a.m.

File this one under the "time flies." A co-worker just walked by and reminded me that it's been exactly a month since Game 5. Unbelievable.   

Updated July 6 at 9:53 a.m.

Well congratulations, message boarders. You've finally made it to the big time. Several of your posts about the Bertuzzi signing are cited in the L.A. Times this morning. CLICK HERE to see it in the Media Roundup.

The Angels have been kind enough to put up a billboard congratulating the Ducks on the Stanley Cup title. It's right near the Katella exit and can be seen if you're traveling north on the 57. We'll have a picture of it soon enough.

The Ducks championship DVD will be available in the Team Store at Honda Center on July 10. If you can't get there, you can order it online by CLICKING HERE.

Hadn't mentioned it before, but it warrants mentioning now. Here's to the re-signing of Brad May, truly one of the classiest guys on the Ducks. It's great to have him back next year.

One last thing. I apologize for the lack of production lately. We're working with the NHL on a brand new website that should be up and running within the next week. So, look for that soon. You'll love it.

Updated July 3 at 11:43 a.m.

We've got some new stuff on the site today. First of all, the What Would You Do With the Cup section has grown in leaps and bounds (can you have leaps without bounds?). More than 50 more submissions came in after we put the page up, and they have been posted. CLICK HERE to check that out.

Also, there is a new edition of the Stanley Cup Journal, starring Joe Motzko and his trip to his hometown of Bemidji, Minnesota. CLICK HERE for that.

Finally, don't know if you heard, but the Ducks signed Todd Bertuzzi yesterday. CLICK HERE for that story and the transcripts of conference calls with Bertuzzi and Brian Burke. This website is the only place you'll find the entire conference calls.

Updated July 2 at 10:03 a.m.

Well, it was a pretty ho-hum weekend in Ducks land, wasn't it? Well, that is if you don't consider the announcement that our captain will likely retire and that we signed a big-time defenseman to possibly take his place. Other than that, not much going on. If you haven't seen that story on the site, especially the transcripts of the conference calls with Brian Burke, Mathieu Schneider and Scott Niedermayer, CLICK HERE.

Also, with the dawning of a new month, I've archived the previous month's postings. You can find a link to the old stuff in that box above.

Now, on to more fun things. We had several responses to the What Would You Do with the Cup question, so many that we've given them their own page on the site. Take a look by CLICKING HERE.