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#360072 New Ducks Fan!

Posted by AustinDuck27 on 25 February 2014 - 10:15 PM

In a nutshell:

 

-Getzlaf is lazy and losing value as I type this. 

-Perry has three signature moves, and they all involve slashing someone.

-Maroon is the captain.

-Vatanen is our #1 D man and our enforcer. He may be the best to ever play the game.

-Etem would have 50 goals, but he's in the minors because the league isn't ready for him.

-Lindholm has a golden angelic glow around him, if you squint in the right light you can see it. 

-Sbisa was sent by the devil to ruin the team and destroy hockey as we know it.

-Cogliano is... just ask Pierre McGuire, he'll describe him in ways that I can't, and nobody should.

-Hiller is the best goalie with vertigo in the league hands down. OK, maybe top 3.

-Fasth is some Swedish goalie we were rumored to have acquired, but nobody can verify it.

-Fowler is our shin pad sharp shooter.

-Winnik is in the "elite scorer for my first month" club, along with former Ducks great Dan Sexton.

-Perreault was never actually traded here, it's just that nobody noticed he was gone. Bruce brought him along much like that stapler you steal on your last day on the job.

-Penner and Selanne are both great for the first shift of each game, and then it's all spilled maple syrup and no ketchup.

-Silfverberg, I have no clue. I'm afraid to look directly at him... those eyes.

-Saku and Bonino are both our #2 center, yet neither are.

 

That's our team, I'm drunk, welcome to the bandwagon.




#361340 Getzlaf #3

Posted by gorbachav5 on 03 March 2014 - 05:28 PM

Apparently Getzlaf isn't nearly as lazy at home as he is on the ice.




#338306 Norfolk Depth Chart And Lines

Posted by AdmiralsFan27 on 18 November 2013 - 06:10 PM

With Holland getting moved the other day I have been wondering who in Norfolk will be taking his minutes and potentially replacing his production.  My thoughts are that Koivu is nearing a return so Rakell will be sent back down to play top six center minutes, but I don't get to follow the Ads closely enough to know if that will happen or not. 

 

I was also curious as to what Murray sees in Blacker.  I figured maybe the Ads needed some help on the backend, but when I checked the Admirals roster it shows they have something like 10 Dmen right now. 

 

All of this got me realizing that I really don't know who plays with who down there on both forward and defense, and whether Blacker will get a better chance in our system than in Toronto's.  I like to think the Holland-Blacker deal was done to give both players a better opportunity to break through, but I don't know enough about the Admirals to say he will even crack the lineup.

 

Anyone out there feel like posting a bit about how Norfolk's depth chart/line combos and D-pairings look now with Holland gone, Blacker in the fold, and possibly Rakell and Vatanen staying down there for a while?

 

 

I think I might be able to help with this one. I'm an Admirals season ticket holder and I've actually been doing a great deal of scouting this year in hopes of getting a job with the team in the future.  I was shocked, to say the least, to hear about Holland being traded two days ago, especially for a defenseman, and am still trying to rationalize their decision myself.  Anaheim and Norfolk both have a slew of young talented wingers in the system but don't have nearly as much center depth now that Holland is in Toronto. Trading Brad Staubiz didn't surprise me since they have apparently didn't have room for him in Anaheim and Norfolk has a number of other AHL veterans in their regular rotation so he hadn't been playing much.(I think its a max of 6 vets per game but idk for sure) As for the depth chart and line combos, Norfolk had been starting Dave Steckel as their 1st line C while Holland was in Anaheim, with Whitney and McQueen at the wings. Chris Wagner is usually their 2nd line centerman, with the Maxs on the wings (Sauve & Friberg), but rotates alot with Sauve who is listed on the roster as a center. The 3rd and 4th lines have been in flux all season depending on who is in Norfolk and who is in Anaheim that week. When Rackell is on the roster, he plays alot with Sarault and had been playing with his former teammate Noesen before he tore his ACL. Without Rackell, or prior to Steckel being signed, Cramarossa and Laganiere were logging about the same amount of ice time as 3rd and 4th line centers, with some combination of Kurtz, Stortini, and Sarault as the wingers.  Now that Holland is officially gone and Rackell has been returned to Norfolk, I expect Rackell to see significantly more ice time at center, perhaps replacing Wagner on the 2nd line behind Steckel, whos faceoff skills are too good to not have on the top line.

Wagner will either join Rackell and Sauve as a winger, because of his quickness and defensive responsibility, or will be moved to the 3rd line with Sarault and Kurtz.  If Wagner is moved to the 3rd line, that leaves either Laganiere or Cramarossa to center the 4th line with Zack Stortini. Barring injury to any of Anaheim's stars, I expect the forward line combos to look like this for at least the next few months. 

 

As for the defense, Norfolk usually starts Mat Clark and Kevin Gagne, but the two don't always play on the same line.  Nolan Yonkman always logs alot of ice time and usually partners with Gagne, Skinner, or Parent.  Garnet Exelby and Alex Grant are likely listed as the 2nd line dmen but both also log significant ice time every game.  Skinner seems to be much more reliable and consistent than Parent and has played in more games as a result.  Now that Sami is back in Norfolk (so thankful hes back, I love his game), he will likely be paired on the top line with Yonkman, which makes for a really interesting combination of playing styles.  Exelby and Grant are both very good players and will probably stay put on the 2nd line, leaving the 3rd line d combo completely up for grabs.  Norfolk will likely rotate Gagne, Clark, Parent, Skinner, and even Stefan Warg onto that 3rd line as long as Vatanen is on the roster.  In my opinion, Kevin Gagne is a great young defenseman, who possesses all of the skills it takes to succeed at the next level, except for his natural physical limitations (hes 5'8 170), and should get the most playing time of the group, if only to get him more experience at the pro level.  Mat Clark and Ryan Parent are extremely average players who rarely, if ever in the case of Parent, show flashes of what I would consider NHL caliber defense.  I would not be surprised to see either traded at some point in the season as a part of a package deal (perhaps when ANA trades a goalie?) or released outright at the end of the year.  Parent is already over the hill at 26 and Clark just hasn't show any signs of improving during his time in Norfolk. Brett Skinner on the other hand is worth holding onto in my opinion.  Although he is older than both Clark and Parent (hes 30), his game is much more well-rounded.  Skinner plays a smart offensive game, only jumping into plays when the moment calls for it, and always works hard when the puck is in Norfolk's zone.  He routinely makes good long lead passes out of the zone and will carry the puck into the zone during line changes.  Though he doesn't possess a hard shot, he has been a 0.50 point per game in every league hes played in during his journeyman career.  As for Stefan Warg, he will likely be moved to the ECHL so he can get more acclimated to the North American game rather than playing sparingly for Norfolk. 

 

 

ALL THAT BEING SAID, I have no idea where this Blacker kid will fit in to the Admirals rotation.  It seems like Anaheim has the 6 or 7 defenseman that barring injury will be on their roster for the duration of the season, so I assume the defenseman in Norfolk now, with the exception of Sami, will be here all year as well. Yonkman and Exelby have played in a combined 470+ NHL games and are good enough in my opinion to be 3rd line NHL defenseman right now for some teams out there. Alex Grant is an improving offensive defenseman who, once he improves on some of the defensive aspects of his game, should end up in the NHL at some point in the future. Now that they have acquired Blacker to add another young defenseman, perhaps Anaheim will now feel more comfortable moving one of their older defenseman to a team looking to replace an injured vet at the trade deadline or sometime prior. I would be absolutely shocked if Anaheim kept all of these defenseman in their system for the remainder of the season, but then again, I was shocked they made this deal in the first place. 

 

 

AND TO THE GUY WHO SAID THIS TRADE WOULD BONE THE ADMIRALS.....

  you sir are absolutely correct.  Holland has been nearly a point per game guy his entire career and was looking better and skating harder this season than I had seen at any point the past two years. He was not the leader of the Admirals but his presence on the ice was noticeable. He made the guys around him better and the confidence he played with was contagious. I guess Anaheim made up their mind that he was done improving as a player and was not going to become the guy they thought he would when they drafted him in the 1st round just 4 years ago. If anyone else would like to try to make sense of this trade then be my guest, but as far as I'm concerned, this move was a complete head-scratcher. 

 

 

 

Hope this helps answer some of you Ducks fans' questions about the Admirals line combos and defensive pairings. If theres anything else anyone wants to know about any of the Ducks AHL prospects don't hesitate to ask me




#319811 Lasting Impressions For This Season

Posted by gotchabari on 14 May 2013 - 10:06 PM

Is that what he did with Getzlaf, Perry, and Penner?

 

Didn't have much of a choice.




#277057 New Captain?

Posted by ducksnpucks93 on 18 June 2012 - 04:10 PM

Anyone think we should get a new captain? I am up for Beauchimen.


#397707 Question About Stoner - Jersey Number?

Posted by gorbachav5 on 02 July 2014 - 12:58 PM

420




#343332 Beauchemin Return

Posted by gorbachav5 on 09 December 2013 - 10:34 PM

Fasth "not close"? What the heck happened to him? For some reason I have groin pull in my head. But this seems like a long down time for that. I am super sketchy on going with Fasth next season, unless we somehow we inject him with Cogliano blood. 

 

Cogliano blood is not compatible with humans.  Fasth would wind up exploding into a pile of grit and moxie.  Also, Pierre McGuire has dibs on the first succesfully synthesized vial of Cogliano Blood.




#339400 Norfolk Depth Chart And Lines

Posted by AdmiralsFan27 on 22 November 2013 - 10:44 PM

The line combinations looked like this for the entirety of the game tonight vs. Portland

 

 

Line 1 (Starters) -- LW Sauve - C Wagner - RW Whitney

Line 2 --------------- LW Kurtz   - C Rakell  - RW Friberg

Line 3 --------------- Laganiere ---- Steckel  ------ MacQueen

Line 4 --------------- Cramarossa -- Saurault ----- Stortini

 

 

D1 (starters) - LD Gagne -- RD Clark

D2 -------------- LD Grant --- RD Exelby

D3 -------------- LD Blacker - RD Yonkman  : combo that played the most tonight

 

 

Healthy Scratches : Vatanen, Parent, Warg (Brett Skinner was released just a few hours before puck drop, much to my dismay)

 

 

 

 

Very few changes throughtout the game as far as the lines are concerned. Gagne and Grant played together for 2 shifts in the 2nd with Grant playing right D when they did. Norfolk had Wagner centering the 1st Powerplay line with Rackell and Sauve on the wings and Grant & Exelby on D. The 2nd PP line consisted of Sarault ©, Friberg, and Laganiere with Gagne and Blacker playing D. As for penalty killing, the Admirals had Wagner & Kurtz as the forwards and Clark & Blacker on D on their primary PK line. The other penalty killers they used were Steckel, Stortini, Friberg, Rakell, Exelby, Yonkman, and Grant in various rotations.

 

 

 

Overall the team played well tonight, with the exception of a somewhat sloppy 2nd period. I thought Rakell looked really good in his return to Norfolk. He skated very well and made a number of great neutral zone plays that led to turnovers and was also notably more passive tonight than he had been prior.  I was disappointed Vatanen wasn't in the lineup but was glad I finally got to see Jesse Blacker up close and personal.  Blacker played an outstanding game IMHO and thats saying something because I was watching him really closely tonight because of how critical I was of the Holland trade.  He routinely skated the puck through the neutral zone with great confidence and played very well in his own zone as well. He fought hard in the corners, behind the net, and took on bigger guys in front of the net all night long.  Needless to say I was impressed by him, and although I still don't think the trade was a good one, I can see now why Anaheim might think this kid has a brighter future than ol Peter Holland (but best of luck to him in Toronto).  I also thought that Chris Wagner had his best game in an Admirals uniform tonight.  He won a vast majority of his faceoffs, had numerous hits in all 3 zones, made 2 or 3 sick passes for scoring chances from behind the net on the PP, and made several high effort plays throughtout the night on the PK and at even strength.  He did not get a point tonight but he was defintely one of the main reasons the team got the win. John Gibson played like a seasoned vet in net as he has all season, stopping nearly every clean shot he's seen so far in the AHL, and picked up his 7th win. The rare goals he gives up are almost always long shots that go in because he was screened or because the puck got deflected. He is a really hard worker, rarely gets out of position, handles the puck very well and continues to look like a future star in the NHL.

 

 

 

 

Decided to post the lines and a short summary from tonights game after reading the positive feedback from my first post the other day. I'm not really sure what brought me to type up such a long response but was glad to see that the time it took to write up wasn't wasted. As I said in the previous post, if anyone wants to know anything else about the AHL guys and how they're playing on a game to game basis, please don't hesitate to ask.




#278335 Fire Murray Now!?!

Posted by ZTHER on 23 June 2012 - 07:11 PM

shortsightedness? I have been involved with hockey for almost 20 years. I spend on average about 1.5-2 hours a day, A DAY, researching hockey, looking at this forum, TSN, prospect sites, draft sites, etc, etc, etc. The only shortsightedness is those who don't see the downward spiral this team is in. How can you view the past 4 seasons as good? we have got statistically worse EVERY year (lucky run year before last that got us to 4th then lost in the first round). Yes we may have some of the top prospects in the league and yes we WERE ranked 3rd BEfore we moved/lost Gardiner and Schultz.


You can't say the team is a downward spiral the last four years and then omit one season as "lucky". That "lucky" season was the third best season "statistically" in the history of the franchise.

You could be watching hockey for the last 50 years and still be fairly new to the concept of the salary cap. Unfortunately, the salary cap impacts small market teams to a greater degree than large market teams for a number of reasons I'm sure you understand extremely well. With this in mind, and your following of the professional game, how would you compare the post-cup success of the small market franchises who have made or won championships since the lockout? Those are the organizations that it's fair to judge Anaheim against. You've been watching hockey for 20 years, I'd challenge you to find an example of a similar franchise that's been stewarded better than Anaheim.

I'd also like you to look at some of the recently successful franchises and ask yourself how they got where they were. Lets take the last FOUR Stanley Cup champions, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. Do you realize where each of these teams finished a scant four years before they won everything? Each one of those teams had to suck, and with the exception of Boston, suck hard for years before they could become competitive again. Now if you advocate Murray blowing apart the team when he took over and completely rebuilding, you have an argument that's pretty strong. That's an avenue he could have taken, however in this era, no small market GM has ever been able to return a team to prominence and among them, Bob Murray and the Anaheim Ducks have "statistically" seen the most success to date.


#395544 Ryan Kesler

Posted by DireStraits9 on 27 June 2014 - 01:08 PM

Congrats, Ryan Kesler has the heart of a lion. I'm a Canucks fan from the Vancouver area, Kesler has been my favorite player for a lot of years now. I have never seen a player who has the will to win that he has and I hope he can win it all with the Ducks.

 

Kesler can hit, fight, block shots, win face-offs, agitate and get players off their game, kill penalties, score on the powerplay, shut down elite players, and most importantly, his will to win is unlike anything I have seen from another player.

 

Don't look into the point totals too much, Kesler had been left on an island by himself on the second line in Van, with a revolving door of plugs. Much like the Sedins have never had a true first-line player to play with, the closest thing Kesler has had as a legit second line winger was Mikael Samuelsson. I'm sure he will excel with the solid players you have on the Ducks.

 

I think the trade was decent for the Canucks as well. The 10th would have been better, but considering the position Benning was in with Kesler having an NTC i think what Van got was acceptable.. obviously the Ducks won.

 

 

Well, I now have another team to cheer for and you can bet I will be getting a new Kesler jersey... Go Ducks!




#390815 Ducks = Choke

Posted by ZTHER on 16 May 2014 - 08:44 PM

I'm fine with being eliminated, it only sucks because it was to the Raiders Kings.

 

Nobody had this team winning the division, let along the conference, or advancing far in the playoffs to begin the season. They got a MVP performance out of Getzlaf this year, Perry played strong, guys like Bonino and Cogliano took the next step, and we got to see Lindholm and vatanen develop into two decent players... to say nothing of the stellar play we got in net all year with Hiller and Andersen.

 

Anaheim goes into the off season with a grip of draft choices and NHL ready prospects, a ton of salary cap space and seven home games of playoff revenue. I look at this season like 2005-06. If Murray can add a Kesler or a Spezza or a Stastny, along with another scoring winger, maybe a threat like Byfuglien to the back end... I'd call them the favorites to come out of the West next year.

 

It was a great season. No choke here.




#376482 Andersen

Posted by gorbachav5 on 16 April 2014 - 03:29 PM

But Hiller ISN'T starting today. Which is the point.

 

There are several Hiller supporters that have argued for him up until, well, now. They have no choice but back Andersen now, as he's the guy. But they made it known who they wanted in net.

 

I suppose I would be labeled a "Hiller supporter" based on my comments, but you've got some things wrong here.  First, the point was never that Hiller is elite or even that he absolutely deserved to start this game.  It was that he's a good goalie who's in a slump, and ignoring the rest of his season for one bad stretch is doing the guy a disservice.  And as a veteran goalie with a good track record and at least some success in the postseason, he deserves better than to get tossed aside simply because of that slump.

 

All that said, I think Andersen is great and I'm happy to root for him in net.  Why would I not?  He's a Duck and he's played really well.  I think Bruce made the right call here. (Gibson being the backup instead of Hiller is another story, but hopefully it won't matter.)  It's not like it's one or the other.  Andersen had a very good season, he's playing pretty well right now, and the only drawback is his lack of experience.  Hiller had a decent season and he has a good track record, but he's playing poorly at the moment, and in a short playoff series, I understand that you can't be giving games away hoping that a guy breaks out of a funk.

 

I don't pretend to speak for everyone, but I feel like this is most people's position.  We like Andersen and Gibson, but we still like Hiller and we're not going to write him off completely because of a ten game sample size.




#371867 Who Is Your Favorite Ducks Captain Of All Time?

Posted by poum on 04 April 2014 - 03:29 PM

Scotty, Maroon, Getzlaf. In that order.


#364450 Zero Wins Since Trade Deadline:

Posted by ZTHER on 11 March 2014 - 11:21 PM

Blame the GM I'm a huge duck fan not a murray fan,zero wins!!!!!!! yep that's what happen's when you trade a 15 to 20 goal scorer from the first line of the first place team for nothing and we got nothing!!!!!!!you can't replace that in the playoffs,that has an effect on all the players on that team,What a GM mistakeI can't believe it ,even a week later i'm still piddleed off,you think we can win with Fowler most improved player, what games are these people watching,He needs to move back in with Scotty

 

Not a Murray fan.

 

Where do you think all the wins came from the last two seasons? More to the point... THIS SEASON. The team has been at or on top of the standings since the second game of the season; Murray's team.

 

Do you realize he was able to retain both Perry and Getzlaf? On that alone you should love him. All that forward depth? The deepest goalie pool in hockey? Who again has Murray moved that's blowing it up? Anaheim has two 1st round picks in the upcoming draft and if that draft was held today, the Ducks would, while sitting atop the standings, actually have a 4% chance for the top pick in the draft.

 

The team is in terrific shape now, and has one of the best talent pools in the game a scant 6.5 seasons after winning it all, while being a small market franchise and you don't like the guy who got us here? Amazing.




#354821 Lindholm>Sbisa

Posted by BestOfTheWest on 29 January 2014 - 04:50 AM

Lindholm > Sbisa?! Other shocking revelations:

 

Disneyland > the DMV

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies > AIDS

 

Root Canals > Justin Bieber




#351299 Sometimes It Can Be Good To Lose...

Posted by Jasoaks on 17 January 2014 - 07:49 PM

Was gonna post on Facebook, decided this would be a better crowd for my little rant :P

 

Ya know, in order to learn how to deal with adversity...you need to face it...when you lose once in 19 games...you forget how it feels...you forget how to pull yourself back up...and our goal wasn't to be undefeated for the rest of the season...it IS to win the Stanley Cup...and we must take this loss and learn from it...because the last thing we want is to lose a game in the playoffs and not know how to deal with it...

 

That was a very tough game to watch mostly 'cause it seemed like there were certain people who control the game who wanted a certain team to win...but either way, the Ducks still needed to not let that get to them...

 

Anyway...thanks for reading! :)




#346079 Lindholm's Breakout Season?

Posted by AustinDuck27 on 24 December 2013 - 03:42 PM

All while playing legit shutdown hockey!  :ph34r:




#342597 Twin Power - Honest Fans Appreciation Thread

Posted by Aksun on 06 December 2013 - 08:17 PM

There are 2 long and happy Penner-surprise threads. None for the twins.

 

THEYRE FLAT OUT AWESOME.

 

To say the very least: they are outright carrying this team (and positively influencing Penner, though we all knew he's a great player himself). So, as a good fan, I must give credit where credit is due:

 

THANK YOU Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. You are this team. We love you.




#312666 Thank You Anaheim Ducks And Thank You Board Members.

Posted by Shadowduck on 27 April 2013 - 09:05 AM

As today is the last regular season game, I wanted to take this moment to say what a pleasant surprise the Ducks were this year. Regardless of how they do in the playoffs, this season has been thoroughly satisfying as a Duck's fan. This was the first season in many years where the Ducks really played exceptionally the entire season. We as fans didn't have to wait half a season (ignoring the fact that the season started so late) for the team to start playing with a fire in their bellies.

 

I also want to take this moment to thank all of you for such a fun time on these boards. I have really enjoyed participating in all of the debates and speculation this season.  As always, the members of these boards have conducted themselves with class and maturity.(For the most part) The game day threads were especially enjoyable for me this season.

 

Thank you all for making this a fun and welcoming place for Duck fans to "gather" and cheer on our favorite team.




#362101 Dustin Penner

Posted by AustinDuck27 on 05 March 2014 - 08:07 AM

Don't like the Penner move as it stands. People are saying it's good because it makes room for another big acquisition, but it's highly possible that there is no big acquisition, then what?

 

All the assumption of Penner being lazy, getting under the coach's skin, bringing back bad memories from '07, there is no way anyone here knows that. There could very well be more going on than we are aware of that played into the decision, but on the surface the Penner move does not reflect favorably on Murray. The way I see it, Perry and Getzlaf haven't lit it up together like this in some years, and our captain appealed to the GM to bring in a low cost, low risk solution to the void that has plagued the top line for many years. They backed it up with absolute stellar seasons thus far, and Penner, while inconsistent, has been a part of that. Can anyone honestly say the twins have looked as good as often as they have with Penner this year while playing with someone else? The threesome backed up what was expected of them, Penner having 13G-19A-32P  +32. And Murray rewarded that effort with a blindside trade of Penner to the Caps for a measly 4th rounder. Totally unnecessary, and to me it sends a very harsh message to not only Penner, but to Getz and Perry. And to take it a step further, what sort of message is Murray sending to other free agents out there? "I'll give you a shot to prove yourself here, and even if you deliver I might dump you for a 4th rounder anyhow."

 

This was not a roster capacity issue as many are making it out to be. We re-signed redundant 4th liner Jackman afterall. Were we going to play Jackman, Beleskey, Maroon, AND Selanne rather than Penner come the playoffs? The roster opens up, Penner could have rode the bench as insurance if Murray was so intent on getting ice time for the kids. And let's be honest, do we expect the kids to be more consistent, more effective, or help us get through three rounds of western conference matchups more than Penner could have???

 

Again, this thing of needing more ice time for the kids is bunk. Development isn't a priority heading into the playoffs. If anyone was eating up valuable ice time and is pretty darn useless it's #8. 

 

Going forward, nobody on this roster has managed to stick alongside the twins, maximizing the play of Getz and Perry will decide our playoff fate far more than Palmieri or Silfver's ice time. We may have just taken a GIGANTIC risk that the top line won't fizzle a little as they go through the revolving door of linemates... again. Chemistry has been way underrated here. If they don't light it up, we may be done in the first round again.

 

Again, Penner could have sat on the sidelines if ice time was an issue. With the addition of Robidas, the roster overload is now on defense, why not move Allen or Sbisa for a 4th to get Robidas?





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