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Simon Despres is a surprising gain in Ducks' win over Chicago in Game 3
Simon Despres is a surprising gain in Ducks' win over Chicago in Game 3

It was easy to overlook the Ducks' acquisition of defenseman Simon Despres in the flurry of moves they made shortly before the trade deadline. It wasn't immediately clear what General Manager Bob Murray had gained by sending Ben Lovejoy to Pittsburgh for Despres, who had averaged 16 minutes and 22 seconds' ice time per game for the Penguins, though the team got younger — Despres is 23 to Lovejoy's 31 — and slightly bigger by trading for the 6-foot-4, 214-pound native of Laval, Canada. But from the moment he was paired with Cam Fowler, Despres had a feeling the two would mesh in ways that would allow each to reach a new level and propel the Ducks another step...

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