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Ducks send Emerson Etem to minors; Saku Koivu could return Friday
Ducks send Emerson Etem to minors; Saku Koivu could return Friday

The Ducks demoted young wings Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to minor league Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday. Coach Bruce Boudreau said that though each of the 21-year-olds will benefit from increased playing time, the move is also a reminder of the first-place team’s demand for consistency. Etem scored his sixth goal Tuesday, but also let Dallas’ Cody Eakin skate past him to score a third-period goal that started the Stars’ three-goal blitz in 53 seconds as the Ducks lost, 6-3. Smith-Pelly has a goal and seven assists in 16 games. “We want them to play a little more,” Boudreau said. “They play good games and bad games and a good game, then a...

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