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"Depth is great, but it was getting in the way," Murray said. "That had to be cleaned up for the sake of the hockey team.
"Too many people around, too much uncertainty, is not a good thing. I felt it had to be done."
There might be one more move to make before Wednesday's trade deadline (noon PST).
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An unrestricted free agent after the season, Robidas, 37, is close to full recovery from a broken leg that has kept him out of action since late November and said he should be playing within two weeks.
Murray and Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau praised the veteran defenseman, who gives the team a right-handed shooter from the blue line. Six of the Ducks' other defensemen shoot left.
"Right-hand shot, shut-down-type defenseman who plays hard … that was one of our needs," Murray said. "I've always liked how hard he competes."
Robidas proved that by battling Ducks star forward Corey Perry during the
"I'm going to do whatever it takes, wherever they want to put me," Robidas told reporters in a conference call. "I want to help this team win. I'm not a savior."
"Warrior, an in-your-face type guy on the ice, and any team that has him will be better," Fistric said. "His leadership is second to none. Very hard working, skill to go with it, tenacious, little fire rocket kind of guy. Huge competitor, never backs down."
In his second stint with the Ducks, Penner was a healthy scratch six times as Boudreau labored to find playing time for his 14 forwards. In 26 games since Dec. 17, Penner scored three goals. The 31-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Penner had chemistry with close friends and first-line mates
"We're here to win," Getzlaf said. "[Murray] rarely makes a move I don't agree with. We had chemistry, played well together, but it wasn't like we had a consistent line that's going to affect us mentally. Not a huge concern."
Palmieri skated with Perry and Getzlaf at practice on Tuesday.
Fasth won 15 games as a rookie in 2013, but was hampered by lower-body injuries and hasn't played since Nov. 18. In Edmonton, he's expected to be the starter ahead former King
The deal secures
Andersen, who saved 49 of 52 shots Sunday in a win over Carolina, maintained throughout Fasth's absence that he wanted to make Murray's decision to demote him difficult, and Murray said "this was not the game plan."
His 2.12 goals-against average and .929 saves percentage are better than Hiller's. The deal also could mean the Ducks aim to re-sign Hiller, who is in the last year of his contract.
"Sometimes, you feel you're at the shorter end of things, but the way the season has gone has definitely been in my favor," said Hiller (26-9-4). "I hope I can re-sign. I would hope this makes it more logical."
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