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BEREA, Ohio -- The two wooden lockers Trent Richardson used daily were barren, nothing left behind from his short stay with the Browns. . Face of the franchise one day. Gone the next. Still somewhat shaken by the new front offices decision to trade Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick, the few Browns who ventured into the locker room on Thursday expressed shock at the deal, its timing and they vowed to move forward in a season not yet three weeks old. "It was a shock to everybody," receiver Josh Gordon said. "Everyone was in disbelief." With an eye toward the future, the Browns shipped Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012 and one of their few players with star magnitude, to the Colts for a selection in next years draft. But the alarming move to trade the powerful running back raised a flag for Clevelands long-suffering fans, who view the hasty transaction as a sign that Browns management is throwing away this season to better align itself for 2014 and beyond. "Thats not even realistic," linebacker DQwell Jackson said. "In this business, there is too much pressure on everyone to win. I cant even fathom that." To offset the loss of Richardson and add depth at running back, the Browns signed free agent Willis McGahee. He spent last season with Denver, leading the Broncos with 731 yards. The nine-year veteran passed his physical as the Browns were practicing, worked out for Clevelands coaches and signed his contract. Like everyone, Jackson was caught off guard by Richardsons trade. Jackson had left the teams facility and was at home getting a massage Wednesday when he heard. Once the initial shock wore off, Jackson chalked it up to life with the Browns. "Ive been around here for a long time and Ive seen a lot happen and thats one of those deals where its out of your hands and out of your control," he said. "Im not saying that hes not a good player. Hes just going to be a good player for another organization, and the powers that be felt like that was the best thing for the team and weve got to move forward." Jackson said theres no time to dwell on the trade, which came within hours of the Browns naming third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer their starter Sunday in Minnesota, and wide receiver Greg Little losing his starting job. Hoyer got the nod over backup Jason Campbell to fill in for Brandon Weeden, sidelined with a sprained right thumb. As a captain, Jacksons duty is to keep his teammates focused. "I think in the locker room, guys will talk about it for today and then weve got work to do," he said. "Weve got a lot of studying to do, a lot of film to watch, were trying to get the first win. So, yeah, its going to be in the back of our minds. We wish Trent the best of luck. But weve still got a job to do. "We have to put our hard hats on." That was the same message delivered by Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, who reminded his players to lock in on the Vikings. "We still have to go out and do what we do," safety T.J. Ward said. "Nothing changed for us. Its the same road. Weve just got to go out there, hold it down for the defensive side of the ball." Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, who signed as a free agent in March, doesnt think the trade is a sign of surrender. "Definitely not," he said. "Were out there and we put in work every day to win. This doesnt change that, so right now were working to beat Minnesota and were going to continue to do that. I respect the decision they made." Jackson appreciates why some Cleveland fans are in an uproar over Richardsons departure. Once considered a building block, he wasnt around long enough to make a major impact. "Trent was going to be the face of this organization, a high draft pick, much was expected out of him," Jackson said. "Now that hes gone, I can see the frustration of the fans. The die-hard fans thought we had something in Trent. "Thats the ugly side of the business we cant control." ---- NOTES: Weeden visited a hand specialist, but the team provided no update. ... DE Ahtyba Rubin practiced again and could make his debut after missing two games with a calf injury. ... Offensive co-ordinator Norv Turner believes Richardson will thrive in Indy. "A lot of times players success depends on the situation theyre in and the people around them," he said. "I think hes going to have an opportunity to be real successful." . Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans ended up with the bigger problem. . He made the comment at a media availability Saturday prior to Game 2 of the Boston-Montreal playoff series when a Quebec reporter said there is sentiment in Quebec that the NHL looks more favourably on Seattle than Quebec City when it comes to future expansion.The Edmonton Oilers sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with 31 points and are just 2-7-2 in their last 11. They had followed up a pair of victories with back-to-back losses beyond regulation before a 5-1 setback to the Sharks last night. Their next task is a hot Anaheim Ducks team that are coming off a terrific month of December. Nail Yakupov, a healthy scratch in Edmontons previous game on Tuesday, had the lone Oilers goal and Devan Dubnyk yielded five goals on 36 shots. San Jose scored a pair of goals just 49 seconds apart in the first period and went up 4-0 by the 8:45 mark of the second. "We were playing fine until that second goal," Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins said. The Oilers and Ducks met for the first time this season on Dec. 15 in Anaheim, with the Ducks logging a 3-2 win. Hiller made 23 saves, moving to 12-3-0 with a 1.79 goals against average and two shutouts in his career versus Edmonton. Ilya Bryzgalov got the start for the Oilers and yielded three goals on 34 shots against his former club. He could get the start tonight and is 13-9-2 with a 2.65 GAA versus Anaheim, which took him in the second round of the 2000 draft. The Pacific Division-leading Ducks meanwhile look to keep their season-opening point streak at home alive on Friday playing host to the struggling Oilers. Anaheim goes into 2014 as the oonly team in the league having yet to lose a regulation game at home. The Ducks are 15-0-2 at the Honda Center, just the third team in the NHL in 25 years to begin a campaign with a home point streak of 17 games or more. They join the 2008-09 San Jose Sharks (20-0-2) and the 1988-89 Calgary Flames (14-0-3). The Ducks went 11-1-1 in December, notching a club-record 10 straight wins prior to a road loss in San Jose on Sunday. They bounced back to split the home-and-home set, besting the Sharks 6-3 on Tuesday. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, while Matt Beleskey and Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist each. Jonas Hiller made 33 saves to win his club- record ninth straight decision, getting full credit from Getzlaf afterwards. "If you look at their numbers, theyre crazy in the first period. (Hiller) did an unbelievable job keeping us in the first period," noted Getzlaf. "We couldve easily been down a couple goals, at least. Thats what it takes to beat good teams. You need good goaltending, and our guys reacted well." The Ducks have a five-point lead over the Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division and trail the Chicago Blackhawks 64 points by one for the most in the NHL. 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