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DUCKS: DUCKS' HUNT QUIET ENFORCER MAY BIGGEST MOVE.

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Before the Ducks snapped out of a recent slump by winning back-to-back games against Colorado and San Jose, Ducks general manager Brian Burke gave a vote of confidence to his squad as the trade deadline approached.

"I think we're in the doldrums a little bit right now, but I still believe in this group and what they can do," Burke said Sunday, after the Ducks beat Colorado to snap a three-game losing streak.

Burke showed faith in them by making little noise as Tuesday's deadline approached.

The Ducks, second in the Western Conference with 84points, made two trades -- the biggest acquisition being enforcer Brad May from Colorado in exchange for goaltender Michael Wall.

May has missed 53 games this season after shoulder surgery Sept. 28. He was injured in a preseason game against Detroit and then played in 10 contests for Colorado, notching three assists.

A 1990 first-round pick for Buffalo, May has compiled 2,027 penalty minutes in 17 seasons with the Sabres, Vancouver, Phoenix and Colorado.

Wall, 21, played most of the season with Portland of the American Hockey League, with a 10-6-1 record with a 3.13 goals-against average.

Anaheim also swapped minor league defensemen with Tampa Bay, obtaining Doug O'Brien for Joe Rullier.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Feb 28, 2007
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