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Ducks GM Murray Announces Ritchie and Dotchin Signings, Injury Updates

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Prior to Anaheim's home game against the New York Islanders, Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray discussed Nick Ritchie's three-year contract, Jake Dotchin's one-year contract and gave injury updates to several players, including captain Ryan Getzlaf.

On Ritchie's status
We just signed the contract. He did his physicals and fitness [tests], and passed with flying colors. Now it's a matter of immigration. He'll need a few days with the team anyways. He'll be non-roster. He will be [practicing] tomorrow.

On the Dotchin signing
We've always liked him. I've liked him since he was a kid. He's come along. He was doing good things with Tampa. Things went bad in Tampa. He didn't look after himself this summer. There were some problems off ice. He didn't end well in Tampa last year and didn't handle it well this summer. He came in way overweight, and they felt they wanted to terminate it. We checked everything out, and felt this was worth a chance. One-year contract. I like the kid. I like the way he plays. He's signed. We've got him on waivers. We hope he gets through and we'll start playing him as soon as he thinks he's ready. His weight is down to 231. Probably needs a few more pounds down, but he can play games as soon as his immigration comes through.

On Getzlaf's status
Getzy could be ready by Saturday [in Vegas]. He was close for tonight, but we decided to take a few extra days. We don't need him re-injuring it.

On Silfverberg's status
Silfverberg has a broken finger. It's non-displaced. He can go according to pain tolerance. It's his bottom hand, so that makes a difference. We'll just wait and see when he feels he can handle it. He skated this morning, but didn't handle the puck.

On Rowney's status
Rowney could be Saturday. There's a chance. He skated yesterday. He'll skate tomorrow.

On Kase's status
Kase is getting closer. He may get cleared Thursday or Friday. If he has another good day tomorrow, we'll send him to get final clearance to join the team.

On Eaves' status
Eaves is still coming along. He has his good days and bad days. He'll have three or four good days, and then he'll have a day when it's sore. Usually when he shoots too much. We back him off and go at it again. Doctors say this is all totally normal. We want him comfortable when he comes back. He's still practicing with the team.

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