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Ducks overpack for season-opening five-game trip

Ducks overpack for season-opening five-game trip

“Up in the air” took on two meanings as the Ducks flew Tuesday for a season-opening five-game trip.

The Ducks packed two extra defensemen and the requisite spare forward, largely because they need available bodies for such a challenging start  to the season. Most teams carry seven defensemen but the Ducks will have eight and 13 forwards when they open Thursday at Dallas.

“Right now that’s the way we’re set up to go,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “We know that with the 41 games in [the first 86] days it’s going to be a challenge to keep everybody healthy.”

The Ducks remained up in the air with the contract situations of unsigned restricted...

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