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Lydman Cleared to Play

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman has been cleared to play. Lydman, who was suffering from double-vision, has been practicing with the team daily. He has not appeared in a regular or preseason game. In addition, defenseman Brett Festerling has been assigned to Syracuse (AHL).

"On the road trip, I started feeling well and I wanted to see the doctor to check me as soon as we got him," Lydman said. "I got it done yesterday morning. It feels pretty good. I’ve waited a long five weeks. Most of all it’s a big relief."

Lydman signed a three-year contract with the Ducks on July 1. The defenseman played in 67 games with the Sabres last season, totaling 20 points and a plus-10 rating. The 33-year-old Finn is in his 10th season in the NHL, with 660 games played and 198 points already under his belt.

He could potentially see his first action in a Ducks uniform tomorrow night against the Thrashers, according to coach Randy Carlyle, who indicated he would make the decision after pregame warmups. The Ducks are down to seven healthy defenseman after reassigning Brett Festerling to Syracuse of the AHL this morning, and new signee Andreas Lilja is still working out immigration issues.

Said Carlyle on Lydman being in game shape, “I don’t know how much more we could do other than scrimmage and play. That’s why we’ve had him on the road with us for those extra days.”

Lydman says he is eager to get back and just wants to keep the team moving in the right path. "We just have to keep winning. We dug ourselves in the first three games. We have to keep make sure we’re getting the points out of the games. It’s a big homestand too. It would be nice to stack up some wins here."

Lydman is a stay-at-home type of defenseman who contributes on the power play, as he showed while averaging more than 18 minutes per game in Buffalo last season. “A solid puck-moving defenseman role, at times, is drastically underrated,” Carlyle said. “When you go through stretches in which we went through, I think you learn to appreciate some of the veteran moves that those players can pull off or execute out there. Those are the things we’re trying to teach our younger players. A settling down effect is what we’re looking for.”

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