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  2. I'm not sure I believe this. You're saying that before the season started BM wanted to tank and set up the team with the worst pp possible? It's pretty clear to me it's a systems issue. Sure our personnel on the ice aren't great, we don't have very good finishes, but even an average squad would score more than we have. So yeah, he's not a good coach. He still makes the decisions on which lines to put out, or does he get a call from Bob?
  3. Today
  4. i didn't doge it at all, i just noted something (BM's influence) that should be obvious, but you disagree with. I think you're not adequately taking into account what BM feels he can do after being GMHC, not to mention under the current circumstances (covid et al.) and his planned exit after the ED (my belief). It's not about trust. I think BM is in god mode right now, specifically when it comes to the team strategy leading into the ED, and it's just what it is. The Shatt being tradeable is integral to that strategy, enough to either get Eakins' buy in or to override all desires to sit him. So, I'm positive BM has an edict to keep Shatt on the ice (BM needs some kind of reason for Seattle to take Shatt in the ED trades), the rest (TOI) is sort of how it plays out when your available alternatives aren't great and you give Shatt PP time because it's that type of TOI that requires the least mobility (sure, all positions benefit from better mobility, but during a PP, a D can be less mobile, and PP TOI presents the best opportunity for Shatt to accumulate points and/or goals, which is paramount for the trade bait angle). And, let's see, Eakins doesn't really have a choice who he fields, and more so with the injuries we have. Who does Eakins put on the ice to pair with Linds when he was healthy, let alone when Linds wasn't? The rest of Shatt's TOI is attributable to PP time, no? I certainly wouldn't sit Shatt in favor of Hutton, and most nights, not Larsson. It's gotten interesting now that Manson is back, but look, they're playing with 7D tonight... do you think BM was included in that decision, or not? Finally, do I find it sad that a guy (Eakins) who probably didn't have a more expedient or guaranteed way of breaking back into the NHL had to sell his soul to BM to get the opportunity to do so? Yes, sure. So what? He took an impossible, predictably thankless job, and now that the players are actually playing the system, I see them making headway. And, Eakins doing what needs to be done to implement the GM's strategy is part of the job he was hired to do. It feels like you think Eakins should "keep it real" and assert his authority (in the face of his boss?) or some other flamboyantly masculine baloney or he's not a good coach. ??
  5. You’ve completely dodged the criticism that Shattenkirk, the guy you can’t stand, is leading the team in average TOI. Bob isn’t on the bench calling line changes. He’s not there setting up plays during time outs. There’s no way he’s given Eakins a directive to play Shatty more minutes than his golden boy Fowler and his favorite Swede Lindholm. Shatty’s usage is on Eakins. And even if you’re right about Eakins having no say over these lineup choices and his line selections (I don’t buy it), don’t you find that a bit sad? That the organization doesn’t even trust the head coach to choose his own line up? Why would you want a coach that can’t even be trusted to set his own lineup?
  6. probably is....too good to be true haha even if it didn't result in him being hired...I do like the idea of BM seeing the writing on the wall with Eakins....but it makes MORE sense that he wouldn't have done this. As it doesn't really make sense for old school Sutter to be the ducks future. Curious how (if at all) this changes the way Eakins coaches or the play on the ice....no more Sutter. Maybe he was having some sort of impact and that's gone now...
  7. MooseDuck

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    Guhle was not going anywhere sadly People Freak out on Twitter by this. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  8. this is crazy bad (some of these contracts go out to 2024/25): https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/blackhawks
  9. Yesterday
  10. Sexlaf15

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    Being big and strong is nice for guys like Manson and Lindholm. But you also need guys like Fowler and Mahura to drive play and be able to escape danger, control gaps and win races. Hakanpaa has been okay, but he loses almost every 50/50 puck because he’s the worst skater I’ve seen in a long time. Mahura doesn’t have to be overpowering if he can improve positioning, defensive stick etc. nothing to worry about for Mahura, hes shown he’s ready.
  11. https://www.nhl.com/news/flames-fire-ward-as-coach-hire-darryl-sutter/c-322129320 that doesn't sound like Sutter being unhappy. i think the rumor is probably bunk, a modified version of someone asking "i wonder if BM tried to retain Sutter, given they probably had right to meet the offer, and given what's going on with the Ducks in the standings this year."
  12. super interesting if true. it always seemed like a weird situation to have Sutter creeping in the shadows and not a more visible contributor. while an offer makes some sense given how close Sutter was (being on our payroll), i would have thought if BM was actively looking, he'd have gone more new school than old. i doubt BM would have been given the authority to give Sutter a 3 year deal (what he's got with the Flames), regardless, so once the Flames put that on the table, the move was done. we'll probably know more soon. if the offer actually happened, then i would imagine his relationship with Eakins will sour. considering that, and assuming that Sutter isn't gigantic a-hole, my guess is that BM probably didn't make an offer to hire Sutter as head coach. galactic mistake on BMs part if so.
  13. I forgot mushmouth was even in our organization. What was his role again, consultant? Consigliere? Was he on the payroll for any other reason than to go old boy clubbing with Bob? Cause the on-ice product here is absolutely in need of some consulting and has been for a while. This feels a lot like the Carlyle hiring honestly. A disappointing team with high expectations brings back the hard nosed coach from their (almost) glory days over a decade ago to straighten out this soft generation or something like that. Of course he has the two championships in Los Angeles to his name while Carlyle was driving 18 wheelers off cliffs in Toronto, but they were a total disaster by the time he was getting locked out of his own dressing room. Better option than Eakins most likely but I don't think that slow and methodical early 2010s Kings style of hockey is going to be very successful now in a division with guys like Matthews and McDavid.
  14. Would fire Eakins for Sutter. They were saying this on the TSN breakfast show. Again, not sure how much weight there is to this but thought I would share since we all love a good rumor.
  15. ohhh interesting....like...offered it BEFORE Eakins? Or offered it after Eakins was hired...aka would fire Eakins for Sutter?
  16. I think he and Gbud are chips off the same block, but I don't think it was BM trying to change their style. I think it was the NHL refs handing out misconducts when they hit hard or got into "too many" fights. That certainly shut Gbud down last season. At the time, it felt like a mixture of anti-Duck penalty calling (an ongoing issue) and the NHL trying to look like they're making the game less violent (nothing is consistent about the NHL dept. of player safety).
  17. So...the rumor floating around on sports radio today in Alberta was that when the Flames approached Sutter about taking over, Murray offered him the Ducks head coach role and he turned it down. I can't point to any articles as there wasn't much to it other than radio gossip. Although at his first media availability today, Sutter did say that he was only interested in coaching 2 teams if offered - the Flames and the Blackhawks.
  18. Are you telling me that you legitimately think Eakins is making the call to ice the Shatt every night? I mean... that's a ridiculous belief, if that's where you're at. Next you'll be telling me that it was Eakins that waived Hank... Furthermore, it's not like the people I'm calling out just mention Eakins' "shortcomings" in passing. It's constantly fire him, he's a horrible coach, never will be NHL material, blah blah blah and similar ice cream-for-breakfast BS, with VERY little time spent on how the group of players weren't (and sometimes still aren't) playing even to the bare minimum of their ability, and certainly not showing even a hint of loyalty or sympathy that Eakins took this job knowing full well the team would look abysmal and that he'd have a herculean task in reworking the team WHILE rebuilding. Besides all that, if it isn't clear already that the plan isn't to accumulate standing points this season, then I don't know what could ever be done to convince. Here's what I see. I see a team that's being played in all ways to develop the speed and skill and personal responsibility of the younger players in an accelerated form that would never be possible if the primary concern was simply to put up standings points. You probably haven't seen anything like it before (this isn't simply tanking), and maybe it'll never be attempted again (pandemic and leading into an ED and all that), so maybe it's not easy to recognize initially, but by now it seems pretty clear that's what's going on, and failing to recognize the special situation the team is in, and the efforts the admin has to expend to get through the rebuild without writing off next season (the first after the pandemic, hopfully), particularly now, just seems willfully blind. Let that sink in, and then start evaluating Eakins' performance, with the caveats that clearly the veteran players weren't buying in before Hank was waived (so that term isn't fair to use to evaluate Eakins, in my view), and with the overarching theme that BM is CLEARLY involved in the day to day choices we'd typically assume the head coach was controlling. So, if you hate what the team is doing right now, denigrating Eakins is hating the wrong person. At least we now know what Sutter has been doing lately (looking for a job)... clearly Darryl doesn't think Eakins is going anywhere soon (or he doesn't like the conditions if he were to be hired, and that's got to be BM-related). I guess you could have believed BM before the season started when he said he thought the team would be in the playoffs this year... While I hate being on the side arguing that BM isn't completely divorced from reality, I think the much more likely truth is that he was being theatrically optimistic (lying his balls off). This is a tank yet develop the kids season. It's worth mentioning that losing both Lindholm and Manson for half the season helps immensely.
  19. John Gibson + Sam Steel + Adam Henrique + 2021 1st + 2021 4th for Jack Eichel + Carter Hutton + 2021 2nd Not a chance in heck (maybe if the Ducks retained some salary on Henrique), but what do you think? Also, with Gibson's body language, the Ducks are dumb if they don't at least explore the market for him. Edit: Holy moly, that Jeff Skinner contract is horrifying.
  20. Right on cue if this is accurate, Buffalo is rumored to have asked about Gibson.
  21. no, no, not the Kings! I don't want play 10 years 6 times against Gibson in a rivaly game! no thanks! the best would be in the eastern conference... Pitts not has interesting guys.. maybe to Buffalo Henrique and Gibson for Eichel and first....they like players with bad contracts (Skinner should be the worst contract on the whole league, untradeable. Okposo also not nice contract)
  22. Buffalo is a good fit, Detroit will need a goalie. I would have said Chicago before this year, but they're getting some decent goaltending now. Edmonton always needs goaltending but I don't know that they want to make that trade or if Edmonton has the assets we're looking for.
  23. If there's ever a time for that, it's right after an expansion draft. Several teams will be losing goalies in the ED. I'd also look at a team like Buffalo. They desperately need goaltending and they have high level assets they can use to bargain with.
  24. To be honest, I'm fine trading Gibson. Dostal looks pretty good down in the AHL, and there are always goalies available. The problem is that the Ducks won't get nearly full value from him because trading goalies has always been weird. You can always trade for a forward and push your 12th best forward out of the lineup. You can't trade for a goalie and push everyone else down. So you need the perfect trading partner and I don't know that it exists. Maybe the Kings would be a good fit, but they might be happy with Petersen and either way there's no way that the Ducks are giving them Gibson.
  25. nieder

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    We said the same thing about Vatanen and Theodore. Both have had pretty good NHL careers since then, Theo especially. I just hope they don't give up too early on this one.
  26. I think 28 was the key number. Gibby turns 28 this coming July. And he already looks like he's starting to check out mentally being on a team that can't score and won't defend. How many more years of being a bottom feeder will he tolerate?
  27. Yeah. IMO, the biggest sin of the organization is not realizing or ignoring that the team needed to rebuild after getting swept by San Jose. Now that’s a lineup that is fun and can contend! Doesn’t even take into account this year’s high pick. It’s a pipe dream but the Ducks could easily struggle next year and be in the running for Wright, Lambert or Savoie. Have Teemu whisper some Finnish into Barkov’s ears (the Ducks getting Lambert can also help the recruiting pitch) and our 2007 banner won’t be lonely much longer. Imo, we’ve already wasted and will waste two more of Gibson’s best years regardless but I think you had mentioned that Cup winning goalies (exception of Vasilevsky, and Quick) were under over 30 and not Vezina finalists. Please correct me if wrong. The Ducks could well give Gibson 3-4 good years of winning a cup. My concern with RNH is that he’d be elevated to a role in Anaheim at big money that I don’t think moves the needle. By waiting until 2022, you at least give the Ducks more options in terms of assets and money not to mention you never know who could be on the block. Just seems like it would be better to shoot their shot then, imo.
  28. dtsdlaw

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    Wish granted. Guhle cleared.
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