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ROSE PALMISANO, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
The Ducks' Saku Koivu celebrates with teammate Teemu Selanne after collecting the second hat trick of his career in the third period Tuesday night.
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Koivu hopes to stay put

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

ANAHEIM – Leaving the Montreal Canadiens and signing with the Ducks three years ago has been nearly all that Saku Koivu hoped for when he made that decision as a free agent.

Koivu wants that relationship to continue and Ducks GM Bob Murray is open to re-signing the veteran center. Now it is just a matter of coming together on a contract extension, which figures to be for one year as Koivu's two-year deal is set to expire.

"We've enjoyed it a lot," Koivu said. "Everything that we looked for has happened except the success in the playoffs. When you're family's happy, you feel comfortable. I don't see a reason why I should go and look for something else."

PLAYERS TO HAVE SURGERY

Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said he will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder that he played with this season.

Beauchemin played in all 82 games, tying a career high with eight goals while also chipping in 14 assists. He was a minus-14 for the season but is a key part of their future after signing a three-year, $10.5-million million extension in January.

"It's been bothering me for a few weeks," Beauchemin said. "I'll take care of it now and then I've got all summer to get it better, rehab it and everything."

Meanwhile, Toni Lydman said he will need surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The veteran played with a few injuries this season, including an undisclosed upper-body ailment that kept him out of five games late in the year.

NOTES

The Ducks reassigned Jeff Deslauriers to Syracuse of the American Hockey League in order to aid the Crunch in their quest for the Calder Cup playoffs. Deslauriers, 27, made four starts for the Ducks this season and went 3-1 with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. ... Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was added to the coverage team for "Hockey Night in Canada" on CBC. He and Kirk Muller, head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, were formally announced as additions Monday.

Contact the writer: estephens@ocregister.com


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