Ducks recall Mikkelson, demote MacDonald.

The Ducks have recalled defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and reassigned goaltender Joey MacDonald to the Marlies.

Jonas Hiller, who has missed five games with back spasms, is making the trip to Dallas for tomorrow’s game against the Stars and could turn Curtis McElhinney into a backup again. Center Ryan Getzlaf (sprained ankle) did not make the Ducks’ road trip.

The 22-year-old Mikkelson has two assists in 25 games spanning three stints with the Ducks this season. He was originally recalled from Toronto on Oct. 11 and again on Feb. 25 and Mar. 23. MacDonald, 30, did not appear in a game for the Ducks during his only time with the team. He was originally acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a seventh-round pick in the June draft.

Ducks sign Holland, demote Mikkelson.

The Ducks are burning up the transaction wires.

Shortly after announcing the recall of Joey MacDonald (and a day after promoting Nathan Oystrick), Anaheim made another nod toward its future by signing 2009 first-round draft pick Peter Holland to a three-year entry level contract.

The 19-year-old center just completed his third season with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League, notching career highs of 30 goals and 80 points in 59 games. Holland (career statistics) ranked second on the Storm in both assists and points, third in power play goals (9) and fourth in goals. The 6-2, 187-pound center also appeared in five OHL playoff contests, scoring three goals and eight points, before Guelph was eliminated by London in five games (4-1).

The Ducks also announced that defenseman Brendan Mikkelson has bent sent back to Toronto of the American Hockey League, presumably so they can get a look at Oystrick tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.
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Mikkelson up.

The Ducks recalled Brendan Mikkelson from Toronto of the American Hockey League. Mikkelson was most recently with the Ducks from Feb. 25 through March 1, but returned to the AHL after the Olympic break.

Mikkelson has two assists and eight penalty minutes in 22 games this season.

**Update: Mikkelson isn’t in the lineup tonight against the Calgary Flames, but head coach Randy Carlyle wanted more injury insurance on the blue line than recent signee Jake Newton, who has never played in an NHL game.

Sexton, Mikkelson, Pielmeier sent down – for now.

As expected, the Ducks have demoted Dan Sexton, Brendan Mikkelson and Timo Pielmeier to the minors to make room for the five players who participated in Sunday’s gold-medal game between the U.S. and Canada.

Mikkelson was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, while Pielmeier and Sexton were assigned to the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors. All three could return, however, when NHL rosters are allowed to expand after Wednesday’s trade deadline.

Sexton in particular isn’t expected to continue at the ECHL level, where he played 18 games at the beginning of the season before earning a promotion to the AHL.

The Ducks resume play Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Brendan Mikkelson on sister’s gold medal.

While he was practicing in Anaheim, Brendan Mikkelson’s sister picked up a gold medal in Vancouver.

Meaghan Mikkelson is a defenseman on the Canadian women’s national team that beat the U.S. 2-0 for the gold medal on Thursday.

“She was really excited,” Brendan said Monday. “I was really excited for her. She put in four years of work. It’s a lot of work she put in.”

Meghan, two years Brendan’s senior and also a Saskatchewan native, played for four years at the University of Wisconsin.

Brendan Mikkelson believes the national pressure on the women’s team was just as great, if not greater, than it was on the men’s.

“There’s a lot more parity in the men’s game,” he said. “The women’s game has come a long way the last 10, 15 years, but it’s still not as far as the parity goes. There’s six or seven teams on the men’s side that could have won it all. On the women’s side, Sweden had a pretty solid goalie. They’re coming along. Finland’s getting a lot better. I don’t want to say anything bad about the other countries, but they’re a ways behind. There’s almost more pressure there because there is less competition.

“They almost have a gun to their head. The men’s team did, too, but … that’s the best way to put it: win or nothing.”

A new opportunity for Ducks’ youth.

For the Ducks, the benefits of having a wealth of players participating in the Olympics extend beyond organizational pride.

Anaheim’s eight Olympians are considered non-roster players by the NHL until after their national team is eliminated in Vancouver. That means that goaltender Jonas Hiller, whose Swiss squad lost to the United States on Wednesday, became the first to officially re-join the Ducks – the league added him to the active roster at 2 p.m. today.

Ryan Getzlaf, Scott Niedermayer, Corey Perry, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Whitney, meanwhile, are giving Randy Carlyle and Bob Murray some vacant roster spots to play with until they’re gone from the Games.

On Thursday it was announced that Dan Sexton, Timo Pielmeier, Brendan Mikkelson and Brett Festerling had been recalled from the minors, and both Sexton and Pielmeier were among the 16 players in practice Thursday. Mikkelson and Festerling were still en route from Toronto, where they had been playing with the American Hockey League’s Marlies.

“This is when the NHL-level team, the parent hockey club, has to be
selfish,” said Carlyle, who expected no additional recalls. “I’ve been on the other side of it and it’s not a lot of fun
when those things happen. But the reality of it is, we made a decision
that’s in the best interest of the Anaheim Ducks. They can come
complement us in this time.”
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Sexton, Pielmeier, Festerling, Mikkelson up.

The Ducks have recalled defensemen Brett Festerling and Brendan Mikkelson from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, right wing Dan Sexton from AHL Manitoba and goaltender Timo Pielmeier from ECHL affiliate Bakersfield. Sexton and Pielmeier took part in practice Thursday, the team’s first since the Olympic break, while Festerling and Mikkelson were still en route from Toronto.
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Chipchura, Festerling in; Mikkelson, Christensen out. Updates.

The Ducks have acquired center Kyle Chipchura from the Montreal Canadiens for a fourth-round 2011 draft pick. In another move, defenseman Brendan Mikkelson was returned to Toronto of the AHL and defenseman Brett Festerling was recalled from Toronto.

The New York Rangers claimed center Erik Christensen off waivers, which will pave the way for Chipchura to join the NHL roster immediately. The only thing that might hold him back is immigration paperwork; the Alberta native has never been employed by a U.S. team.

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