Wednesday, January 13, 1999

Ducks seek help from ex-'Clones

Enquirer contributor

        The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks are making moves to put themselves in contention for the Calder Cup, and they hope a couple of ex-Cyclones will contribute toward that goal.

        The Ducks received three players on loan from Ottawa on Tuesday, including left wing Rasto Pavlikovsky, who spent this entire season with the Cyclones, and defenseman Erich Goldmann, who began the year with the Cyclones but then was moved by the Senators to Hershey (AHL). The Ducks also received left wing Ivan Ciernik, who had been playing for Adirondack (AHL).

        Cincinnati General Manager David McNab and Cyclones GM/coach Ron Smith dismissed any notion that there were any ulterior motives behind making the deal for Pavlikovsky or any animosity resulting from it. All three players were drafted by Anaheim President/GM Pierre Gauthier, who resigned as Ottawa's GM after the 1998 draft.

        “I think Ottawa liked having three of their prospects together,” McNab said. “Somebody might want to make it into an issue, (but) for us it was strictly a matter of we think he's a good player, we think he can help the team (and) he happens to be playing down the street.”

        The Cyclones had an arrangement with Ottawa that if by Dec. 25, it wasn't working out with Pavlikovsky, the team would reassign him. On Saturday, Smith said Pavlikovsky would be getting more playing time because of injuries to his club, but consented to losing Pavlikovsky with the promise that Ottawa would try to loan another player to the Cyclones.

        McNab said he isn't done making moves. He is trying to build a team that can compete with Kentucky and Philadelphia, one of whom the Ducks would most likely meet in the first round of the playoffs. The Ducks have added six players in a week: They picked up Chris Albert and Anders Bjork on loan and had Mike Crowley sent down by Anaheim.

        “The players that we've added in the last week is a message to our players that they have to start performing or we will make changes,” Ducks coach Moe Mantha said.


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