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Stoner (illness) will be activated from IR to play Wednesday against the Flyers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Stoner will replace the newly-acquired Eric Brewer, who suffered a broken foot bone Monday night. The blueliner has been skating the last few days and has seemed to put his episode with the mumps behind him.

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Stoner (mumps) was on the ice for Tuesday's optional practice.

Stoner's case of the mumps seems to be close to running its course, as the Ducks likely wouldn't have him practice with the team if he was still afflicted by the virus. He could be a lineup option for the team Wednesday against the Flyers if the Ducks were satisfied with how he practiced.

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Stoner (illness) hopes to return for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks, Curtis Zupke of NHL.com reports.

Stoner has been battling the mumps recently, and hasn't been in the lineup since Nov. 20. Even when he returns, with no points in 20 games, Stoner should only be a fantasy option in the deepest of fantasy leagues.

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Stoner (illness) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

As recently as Thursday, Stoner seemed to be on track to play Friday versus the Blackhawks, but the Ducks announced prior to the game that he became the third player on the team to fall victim to the mumps virus. He'll likely be forced out of the next several games until his symptoms dissipate. Jesse Blacker was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Friday to take over his roster spot.

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Stoner (illness) has been officially diagnosed with the mumps virus and will not play Saturday against the Blackhawks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Stoner practiced Friday and seemed well on his way to returning to action, but apparently some late-emerging symptoms of the mumps will knock him out of action. The setback has to be concerning for the Ducks, who now might have to worry about further players potentially being infected by Stoner. Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin previously missed multiple games with the illness.

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Stoner (illness) is expected to play Saturday against the Blackhawks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

When Stoner fell ill over the past weekend, the Ducks feared that he was the latest victim of the mumps virus that has wreaked havoc in the locker room all season. Instead, it seems like his illness was something less severe, as he practiced Thursday with seemingly no restrictions. He'll slot back in for Francois Beauchemin, who will miss Saturday's game with a suspected hand injury.

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Stoner (illness) took part in Tuesday's morning skate but doesn't think he'll be cleared to return until the weekend, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Merely being on the ice amounts to a good sign for Stoner, as it was feared that he had been the latest Ducks player to succumb to the debilitating mumps virus. Stoner's symptoms were believed to be similar to the virus, but team doctors determined his particular illness wasn't contagious after he never experienced a fever. He's still need to skate for a few days to get his conditioning back up to par before coach Bruce Boudreau decides whether or not to use him Friday versus the Blackhawks.

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Stoner (illness) will not play Sunday due to mumps-like symptoms.

Stoner is not confirmed to have the mumps, but he's exhibiting symptoms and will be held out as a precaution. The defenseman registered a plus-2 rating against the Canucks on Thursday but remains in the negative overall this season (minus-4).

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Stoner took a minus-4 rating over his 18:19 of ice time in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

With no points in 18 games this season, Stoner offers very little utility when he takes this kind of plus/minus hit. He'll continue to enjoy a regular role with the Ducks, but his contributions in his own zone aren't easily quantified in most fantasy formats.

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The Anaheim Ducks' willingness to give Clayton Stoner a fourth year played a big role in him signing with the team.

Stoner inked a four-year, $13 million contract on July 1. He had five points and 84 penalty minutes in 63 games with Minnesota last season. "As a player on a different team, you always look at Anaheim as being a beautiful place to live," Stoner said. "But at the same time, it's amazing what they've done as an organization. A lot of times, the warmer climates aren't big hockey meccas, and sometimes the teams aren't as good, but Anaheim goes completely against that."