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  1. 7 points
    There's been a lot of chatter lately about Rakell being a potential trade piece as part of the rebuild, but this season is showing me more and more than it would be the wrong move. Bob's been saying for 2+ years that the veterans need to accept their roles as mentors for the youngsters, but has anyone embraced that role anywhere close to what Raks shown on the ice this season? His effort with Comtois and Lundestrom (and last night Zegras) has been pretty outstanding. If he wants to stay and help the rebuild, I'm all in favor of re-signing him. Sure, he's not scoring goals in bunches like he used to, but he's still a highly skilled player who can play all three forward positions, and he brings a ton of effort and energy. I'm seeing him transition into a great mentor too. He's literally helping to make Max and Lundy better players before our eyes. Keep him.
  2. 7 points
    As of today, Eakins has now coached 93 games for the Ducks, with a record of 35-44-14. In his first 93 games with Edmonton, his record was 33-50-10. So two more wins. I just don't know what people see in this guy as an NHL coach. Eakins seems like a really good guy, but we're not looking for a son-in-law. We're looking for a coach who can win. He needs to go.
  3. 7 points
    Off the top of my head: - Hiring Randy Carlyle for a second stint because he won a championship with the team 10 years prior with an antiquated style of play. Don't tell me about the 2017 playoffs where two sorry Canadian teams got smacked, I'm sure head coach Bob Murray could have gotten the same result there. - Flat out refusing to fire Randy Carlyle after the most embarrassing stretch of hockey this franchise has ever seen and instead blaming it on the players he put there. Trading locker room glue guys like Cogliano before getting outscored 40-8 (or whatever god-awful number it was) on a road trip sure sent a message. - Giving that trainwreck Bieksa an insane NMC extension before he even played a game as a Duck because he's buddies with Kesler.. the same Kesler who straight up refused to go anywhere but Anaheim or Chicago before he was traded and wasn't at risk of leaving if Bieksa never becomes a Duck. 100% unnecessary and it only handcuffed this team once cap hell and Vegas became a reality. - A number of flip-flopping "re-tools" where the team's identity was supposed to change in an effort to match whoever beat us in the playoffs that year. One year it's "we need more size and sandpaper", the next it's "we need more skill and speed". All that ever changed was what corner of the dumpster he'd look in that July 10th after most free agents have signed.. or what role player he'd pointlessly throw away at the deadline for someone who didn't fit (cough DSP.. still upset about that) - Failure to maximize assets and hanging onto certain players for too long. I think this one speaks for itself when you look at his recent record. Shoutout to our waived top goal scorer from a season ago Adam Henrique for being an example of both. Kesler's extension looks bad now but it gets a pass. Eaves was sketchy from the start. As awesome as he was in that short stretch, the only consistent thing in his career has been injury. Silfverberg and Henrique would've made more sense if this team was trending anywhere but down when they were extended. Again, hanging onto players too long and failing to establish a clear path for this team going forward.
  4. 6 points
    I'm more concerned that he got called up now given everything going on with the organization in the last 24 hours lol. Though, I think he's done enough earn his NHL debut. The call up aligns with the Gulls not playing until Wednesday when they will play Henderson and then again on Friday and Saturday. Giving Zegras one or two NHL games and then having him return to play most of the Henderson games makes sense, imo. Cynical take: This is absolutely, definitely and certainly not Murray doing a self-serving sleight of hand with "Don't focus on my incompetence and bad decisions, here's the shiny Zegras you all want! Are you not entertained? Let me sit on my barstool in peace!" God Speed, Trevor. May this be the beginning to a future jersey retirement.
  5. 5 points
    We'll probably never know what went down but there's two parties to sign a contract. If BM is upset that Henrique wouldn't waive his NMC he shouldn't have put one in the contract. if Henrique refused he's just exercising his rights. If that's BM's reaction he's an even bigger doofus than I thought. It's stuff like that poisons relationships with players. I was always against a full blown rebuild but I don't see any other way. But BM and Eakins still have to go.
  6. 4 points
    He's too young. Unless they revise the agreement between the NHL and Juniors, he'd have to stick with the Ducks or go back. I think he needs to be 20 by the first of the year, and his birthday is in April.
  7. 4 points
    I would like to see both Rakell and Lindholm locked up before next season starts. The Ducks are a sieve defensively without Lindholm. Just look at the goals against the past two weeks when he's been out. They could be a mess defensively for a long time if they lose him. For Manson, unless he's part of a larger package to get a good player (like Manson + pick for a scoring winger) I'd wait until the 2022 TDL to make a decision on him. His value is low now and he's not going to bring much back on his own. He'll also be 31 when his next contract starts and I actually think he'll be getting a pay cut from his current $4.1M cap hit, not a pay raise. I suspect his career arc will be more like a Brayden Coburn. I see something like 3 years @ $3.5M for his next contract. We'll have to see where the right side of the defense is by then. Hakanpaa may be a key figure here. Regardless, I don't see a need to trade any of them if they're still good players and if they want to stay here. Obviously that "want to stay here" is the big question mark. But if the assumption is that they want to stay, they all go UFA at the same time Kesler's $6.875M comes off the books, so there will be plenty of cap space (especially if Manson takes a pay cut as I think he will). I also don't see redundancy with any of them. Usually you trade a good player if he is redundant in that you either have a young player coming up behind him that needs to play, or if you have other good players on the roster that are getting squeezed out of ice time due to that player's presence. I see no redundancy with any of those three (yet). For Getzlaf, wouldn't it be great if he went to Bob and said "I'll accept a trade to anyone on two conditions: (1) you re-sign me during the summer, and (2) you use whatever assets you get in return to trade for a winger for me to play with next season who can actually score."
  8. 4 points
    I understand we'd be getting a pretty good return on Rakell as compared to our players who are/ should be on the chopping block. But I'd rather keep him. Trade Henrique and Manson at this point. Ricky is currently one of the few exciting ducks this season, even if he's not putting up the points. I don't think he's going to get a significant raise. I'd say maybe look into trading silf as well. We need to rid ourselves of these contracts that I think are kind of holding our rebuild back. If Getzy is ok then trade him at the deadline as well. We can't completely tear the team apart though, otherwise we'll end up like buffalo. If Getzy leaves we'd have to give the C to Grantzlaf, it's only logical. Jk lol As much as Fowler is a bit overpaid I think he'd leave a hole that will set us back, I think we should keep him. Expose Shatty in the ED, with his play maybe it wouldn't be too bad to lose him. But Ricky is a vet and actually puts in the effort. We're going to need a mix of vets to show our young guys the ropes.
  9. 4 points
    I try to be a cup half full person, but last night was pathetic. After 30 minutes we had 4 shots on goal. FOUR. That's abysmal and there's no excuse. I was totally bored watching them. I've been a SSH since day one, and all I was thinking was I'm glad I don't have to drive to the arena to watch this team play. I shook my head watching their 5 on 3 PP. Keep Zegras and Drysdale down with the Gulls. They're playing exciting hockey. They don't need to be exposed to the 💩show this team is right now.
  10. 3 points
    Hope Calgary also hired an interpreter.
  11. 3 points
    I don't blame Eakins for having a bad team or a losing record. I knew coming into this season and last season that we would suck. Hell, I hope they lose more now to get us into the best possible draft position. What I don't like is misusing players, using poor motivation tactics, implementing poor strategy. Even when the roster is bad, the coach should be putting them in the best position to succeed on the ice. I fail to see how making Rowney, Deslauries, Larsson, Shattenkirk et.al permanent staples of the lineup is rewarding good play (though I bet Eakins is under a lot of pressure not to scratch Shattenkirk since he was Bob's marquee signing). I don't see how calling out the veterans in the media is a good motivation tactic or shows good leadership, when like you said, they don't have much to work with. I don't see how doing the same things over and over on special teams and at the end of games shows good strategy. They blew a 3 goal lead against Arizona and then did the same thing 2 days later, like they had learned absolutely nothing. If they were just losing due to lack of talent then I would be fine with Eakins. But I believe we have lost games this year due to bench decisions. He is just not a good coach.
  12. 3 points
    The way he slid right into the PP makes me think he can do it. Centers have to want the puck on their stick (i.e. the opposite of what Steel does) and that's Zegras' game. I'd actually love to see them just give it a go now. I worry that after the team sells off older players at the deadline and during the summer that there won't be enough mentors to help him learn the position, and I don't trust the coaches to help him figure it out. Really, they should just drop him into the middle of a 3rd line between Rico and Backes for the next game and let him learn. Something like: Jones-Getzlaf-Silfverberg, Comtois-Lundestrom-Rakell, Rico-Zegras-Backes, Heinen/Milano-Steel-Terry would be an optimal lineup for how this team is currently playing IMO. Rico and Backes could take the draws for Zegras so he doesn't have to learn that part yet. Rico is also still a good finisher and Backes also brings a heavy forecheck that turns pucks over, and they're both really smart players and good communicators. I think it would work, and this team should be taking advantage of these veteran resources while they are still around. And if it doesn't work, just slide Rico into the middle and swap Zegras with Jones, and the lineup still looks pretty solid considering the skill level we have.
  13. 3 points
    This is why Eakins needs to go. The Ducks' rebuild hinges on the ability to develop the youth in the system. Eakins has done a terrible job of it.
  14. 3 points
    Calling for a coach to get fired when he has clearly not improved his caliber of coaching is perfectly acceptable. Eakin was a lazy pick by Murray. Add in that Eakin threw the team under the bus after five game, and his terrible in-game coaching decisions and yeah.. the guy needs to go. Fans understand what a rebuild is but that doesn't mean blindly accepting a team that has gone 2-6-2 in it's last ten and has a .386 winning percentage. The only lead lining you can gleam from this situation is that nobody is actually paying for tickets to watch this team thanks to covid.
  15. 3 points
    I'm here for the rebuild, but want a coach (and GM) who can actually do the job. Larsson, Steel, Jones, and Terry are all 23 and have played for Eakins for their entire pro careers. Larsson, Steel, and Jones are also all former 1st round picks. Silly is being happy with their development under Eakins and thinking he's doing a great job getting the most out of his young players. Eakins had one of the most talented groups of young players ever in Edmonton, and all he did is help that franchise crater. Luckily for them, his futility helped them back their way into Connor McDavid (and Draisatl). Unfortunately for us, there's no McDavid in this coming draft.
  16. 3 points
    Don't Forget Bob Murray he has been here for nearly 13 years now...Should have been Gone...My View is He should have been let go by the Ducks long time ago. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  17. 3 points
    We're shouting into the void, my friend. Words are wind and all is vanity.
  18. 3 points
    2-3 bad seasons and all want to fire BM... can't understand that. of course, he is not perfect, of course, you can find some mistakes if you want to find some. but he made a lot of good things and as I mentioned earlier, we had twice top 10, 5 in the top 15 since the cup (before 2019). thats normal that the talent is bleeding out. you can't not almost the whole 10-12 years be a contender and then you think you can stay there forever. and he tried a lot (interim Coach, 7-8 trades at deadline, sign Grant+Shatt, sign all veterans to keep the team together, drafted well). Grant was injuried and not play well, Shatt is a disappointment (because talent, baby or covid, we don't know). the two top 10 in the last 2 years looks like good, Zegras can be the best player of the 2019 draft, Drysdale looks good in the AHL statistically (I can't watch the AHL-games). we have to change the (assistent) coaches, not the GM. and yes I know, the GM hire and fire the coaches.
  19. 3 points
    We seem to have turned into the early Anschutz era Kings....get just enough "quality" players to field a team at a cheap price but not win anything big to keep people in the seats and make the owners more money. Then blame the players or coaching staff for the problems, and fire them, bring in a new coach, rinse, repeat. We need to get rid of Bargain Bob, and get a new GM that can make a hockey trade. Enough with bargain basement mediocre players. Tear it all down, and start over. (sorry for mini-rant) Gibson wont want to be here, if he doesn't have that mind set already, and Zegras won't re-sign after his contract is up in 3 years if this sh*t keeps going. Get someone in charge to do it right, cuz GMBM isn't that person IMHO
  20. 3 points
    Well, the Kings still have Kopitar till he's 36, Brown till he's 37, Carter till he's 37, Doughty till he's 37, Quick till he's 37.... so it's not exactly like they "blew up their core." To me the Kings success sounds way more like a coaching issue than a GM issue. There's no reason they should have thought that Brown and Quick will be performing the way they are. Our veterans, who are younger and should currently be in better spots in their career SHOULD be out performing the Kings veterans. But they're not. On paper you would think Rico, Silf, Rakell, Getz, Lindholm, Manson, Fowler, Gibson etc...would be outperforming Kopitar, Brown, Carter, Doughty, Iafallo, Quick etc...
  21. 3 points
    This is a bit over the top to call him unprofessional. I don't think he played up to the standards we expect from him, but Rico wasn't as bad as what people are saying about him. His struggles IMO were mostly in D-zone coverage, where he was beaten quite often. That could be an effort issue, but it also could be...oh, I don't know... because they hadn't played hockey since March 11th and got cheated out of a longer training camp!?!? Anyone over 30 knows that it takes a bit longer to get that body back ready to play at a high level, and it didn't help that their first 10 games were against teams that made the summer tournament. Their first opponent (Vegas) played 21 playoff games this summer. Colorado played 16 games. Arizona and St Louis each played 10 games. That was a huge advantage over the teams that didn't get any games in. We also started the season with 67-14-33 as basically our top line, meaning that they drew the Stone/Patches line and Pietrangelo right out of the gate. That's a tough way to start the season for a 31-year-old who hasn't played a game in 10 months. I'm actually surprised that no one brings this up before dogpiling on Rico and a few of the other older players with respect to their slow starts to this season. Also, does anyone know which of our guys have had C19? After reading about Ristolainen's experience, I'm going to take a wait-and-see approach to some of these guys who have a history of being good players but who are off to poor starts. Because I'm still just puzzled by how Rico goes from scoring 26G in 71 games last season to waivers this season. You just don't lose your game that quickly outside of a major injury or illness.
  22. 3 points
    Or, Murray had a trade in place but was prevented from doing so because Rico wouldn't waive his 10-team NTC for whoever BM had a deal set up with? Something is going on here. The waivers move seems retaliatory to me. Very personal. Like perhaps Rico (or his agent) has done something specific to raise GMBM's ire. More than just playing poorly, though his underlying fancy stats are really not bad after only 17 games. There's a bench and a press box that can be used for poor play, and it's not like the bench and press box are single-use entities if you don't get the immediate result you want. Waivers is an entirely different animal though. For a player of Henrique's caliber, that's humiliating. It's demeaning. Bob didn't even bother to try and sneak Rowney (a 31-year-old 4th liner on an expiring contract) through waivers before the seasons started, but Rico gets waivers after 17 games? Two days later and I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around why the Ducks would go for such a messy, public divorce from Rico after he scored 26G last season. It's a really bad look all around. btw, there are only about 6-7 teams that have cap space to take on his current cap hit, and of those teams I wouldn't be surprised if at least half of them are on Rico's 10-team no trade list. If GMBM was already trying to trade him, chances are the league's GMs know which teams are on Rico's list, and it may have prevented him from being snagged by, for example, an Ottawa or a Detroit. That may make him harder to trade too. If team's that have the cap space know he didn't want to be traded there, they likely wouldn't be interested in acquiring him now. So this could take a long time to play out.
  23. 3 points
    I REALLY don't think Getz is leaving. I don't think he wants to. I think it was a bit ago (and also maybe he was just saying it for the cameras) but I thought I saw him say he has no intention of leaving the Ducks organization. And I'd be shocked if he doesn't re-sign with us in the off season. It may sound crazy, but I don't think this team really understood how much passion, energy, and cohesiveness Perry brought. Getz (and thus, the team) hasn't REALLY been the same since Perry left. Sure, the writing was on the wall, but I think he was holding this team up a lot more than people thought despite not putting up the same numbers. Just like when our D coach changed Mansion/our D looked noticeably different...same with Getz when Perry left. I still think he re-signs though. And I doubt he gets traded.
  24. 3 points
    I could have never imagined thinking or wanting this, but I'd be fine with trading Getzlaf. In fact, assuming he'd want to waive his NTC, I think we'd be doing him a favor. Getzlaf is probably my second favorite player of all time, well behind Selanne, but ahead of everyone else. He looks defeated out there. And I don't mean to say he isn't giving effort; in fact, I feel like he's tried to lead by example. But he's not the Getzlaf of five years ago. He can't dominate shifts all by himself where he bowls guys over and then doesn't let anyone touch the puck before making an absurd back door pass to a wide open teammate. But he's still trying because he knows that nothing short of that will get the team a goal. He just can't do it any more. He doesn't deserve having this performance and this dysfunction taint his Ducks legacy. He's been a warrior for this franchise. I don't want to see the flaming bag of garbage that is this season dropped on his lap.
  25. 3 points
    how about we put BM on waivers and will pay 50% salary only to get him out
  26. 3 points
    Definitely agree that Zegras just getting called up will give the Ducks more relevance than they've had been in a while but the current culture, coaching, development or cogent long-term plan makes me worry that he won't have the best chance to reach his potential. The other thing is that I hope for is that the fans have patience and don't expect the world of him, especially early on. He's a 19 year-old kid who shouldn't have the burden or pressure of a franchise on his shoulders, imo. Zegras has given us every reason to be excited but he's likely to struggle (as most players do) as he adjusts and figures out the NHL. I remember when fans were pumping Sam Steel's tires after he tore up the CHL and had a good WJC just only three years ago. Now his future with the Ducks is anything but certain and fans are souring on him because he hasn't lived up to their hype. I guess Eric Stephens put out an article earlier today saying that the Ducks should do a true rebuild, the front office needs a reckoning and that Murray should go. So, I hope that the Samuelis subscribe to the Athletic. I think I'd use the word "dysfunctional" instead of poisoned. Yeah, there is no reason to believe that Henrique was a bad teammate or causing problems amongst the players at all. Can't wait for the details to eventually come out about what went down. IMO, it's less worrisome if the Ducks are calling him up because they want to give him a sense of the NHL game and rightfully reward him for doing everything that's been asked of him so far....and then some. If they try to force him into a big role too soon that he's not ready for then I'll start making more frequent trips to BevMo.
  27. 3 points
    There was zero risk of losing him.
  28. 3 points
    As much as I might worry about this team's toxic culture or Eakins possibly ruining him, this is the first positive thing Murray has done this season. Feels good to have a reason to watch a Ducks game again.
  29. 3 points
    Players in the NHL are on a contract, and that contract is governed by the collective bargaining agreement which says that all NHL contracts are guaranteed. There is no breach for a player being injured. If a team were to void the contract, they'd be in violation of the collective bargaining agreement and, in addition to having the pants sued off of them, would see the number of players who want to sign with them go to zero. Teams have their own doctors and trainers who can examine players, so a guy who's faking it would be found out pretty quickly, and then he WOULD be in breach of his contract. Injuries are part of the NHL, which is why the NHLPA negotiated guaranteed contracts for their players. Otherwise, who would play physically? You risk hurting yourself or someone else and completely ruining their career. That's still a possibility now, but much less of one since players still get paid. The sport is better for it.
  30. 3 points
    Totally unfair. You're better than that Shadowduck. Turns out it wasn't Guillain Barre Syndrome (but he had to go to the Mayo Clinic to see a specialist to find that out), but that still doesn't take away from the tremendous hardship the affliction caused him and his family.
  31. 3 points
    What do I know. I thought the topic was about the Oakland A's pitching staff.
  32. 2 points
    I'm with you on RNH. I don't see the appeal. He's a good two-way center, but he didn't start becoming a point producer until McDavid showed up and started using him as a pinball bumper to score goals. We'd be looking at paying a guy at least $7 - $8 million to be responsible defensively while putting up 45 - 50 points. It would be fine if that were at the end of his contract, but that's going to be the beginning. He'd be a massive disappointment on the Ducks. I'm with Bombay. There's no reason to break the bank for mediocre talent next offseason. Dump salary through the expansion draft, get a new GM and coach in here, convince Getzlaf to stay and mentor the kids, keep Rakell, Fowler, Lindholm, and all the youngsters, dump everyone else, be really bad in 21-22 ahead of a great draft, win the lottery, draft Brad Lambert, sign Barkov, and win Cups for the next 10 years. Done. Look, this is stupid, but because I need to hope, here's an idiotic and completely unrealistic roster in 22-23: Zegras - Barkov - Perrault Comtois - Lambert - Rakell Steel - Lundestrom - Silfverberg Jones - Getzlaf - Terry Lindholm - Drysdale Fowler - Hakanpaa Mahura - Thrun Gibson - Dostal
  33. 2 points
    The problem is we won't really get good value for him before the ED as whatever team that trades for him would also have to protect him. Honestly the time to trade Manson for a good return was 1-2 years ago when it was clear the team was already going through a rebuild.
  34. 2 points
    trade him before the deadline (for picks) to a contender, so he has his chance to win the cup and sign him in summer as we did it with Grant...
  35. 2 points
    Don't know about you guys, but I completely gave up on Fowler. With the emergence of Josh Mahura and possibility of Drysdale breaking the roster next season, I don't see any reason for a soft, non-hitting nice guy standing by and watching Gibson abused game by game. His PP is not that impressive as well. I know, it's not easy to move Fowler's contract, especially with his limited 4-teams trade list. However, as we saw it in the past, many hockey players waive their NTC to play for competitive team when approached by GM. Besides, Cam Fowler as a professional athlete, realizes himself that he is almost 30 y/o and wasting his time with the Ducks and his window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cap is closing. I think he should ask for a trade. It would make a good sense for him and for this team.
  36. 2 points
    You don’t trade for Eichel and then put your feet up on the desk and watch TV. You build a team around him. It’s like bringing in Niedermayer in 2005. Franchise altering, but not the only move necessary to build a contender. But Eichel, Zegras, Gibby and a solid D-corps is a great backbone for being a top team within two seasons. Eichel also attracts top free agents. Nobody is going to sign here in the hopes that our ping pong ball bounces the right way in 2022. Eichel got top UFAs like Skinner and Hall to sign in freaking Buffalo. Imagine what he can do for a SoCal team.
  37. 2 points
    You can’t be serious. Getz is getting nowhere near that amount. He wants to retire In a Ducks sweater , and I could say that we all agree that he should. Getzlaf is a role player now, not a force to be reckoned with. His play has been fine.
  38. 2 points
    Anaheim has the 7th highest salary in the league (literally only $35 behind Chicago for the 5th highest) but is 28th in the standings. BM has constantly handcuffed himself with stupid moves and we have nothing to show for it.
  39. 2 points
    Except Murray said things like “the retool is over” and expected to compete for a playoff spot this year when most people rightfully looked at him like he was insane. Why would you keep the core of this team together after the previous two seasons? If he had said that the team was still transitioning after several years of success then it’s a completely different scenario. Murray believed this team was good. He extended Henrique, Silfverberg, brought back Grant and wasted time, money and the chances to bring back assets that the team needs going forward in the process. He hired Eakins who cost the team the last two games more than anyone. Honestly, I don’t place most of the blame on Murray anymore. It’s now on the Samuelis, imo. They either ok’d what’s going on or don’t care enough to explain it let alone fix it.
  40. 2 points
    I've actually been thinking we need to trade him at the deadline. And Montreal to play with Perry for the cup would be my choice. It's the only reason I watch highlights of their games and look for 94 on the ice. Seriously, Getzy is missing that guy who could battle along the boards like he used to play with Perry. Their games just meshed. I really miss that dominance and I think he misses Perry on his wing. Sure he was no longer the Hart winner, but he did still bring a lot to the team. I think it's evident that Getzy hasn't meshed well with the other players like he had that chemistry with Pears. So Montreal would be my vote as I already follow them. With the way this year has gone I would mind them hoisting the cup over there.
  41. 2 points
    It seems like he can't score, but he has had some really nice passes to set up goals. Maybe he should have been a playmaking center all along, lol.
  42. 2 points
    I'm in the same boat. I absolutely hate the idea of trading him and seeing him in any other jersey, but with the way this team is playing this season, the reality is that Getzlaf has very little reason to remain a Duck after this season anyway. Why would he come back to this? And if Murray is gone and a new GM is brought in (not likely, but also not impossible), the new management may want to move on from him anyway to create the new Ducks identity. I hate it, but I think it's the right move for the future of this team. He'll bring back a late 1st round pick. Maybe a prospect too, and/or an underperforming player with middle-6 potential as well. It won't be a game changer, but it will be assets. This team will also be much worse without him, so maybe that's also incentive to move him sooner than later to lock in a top-5 draft pick. I'd also like to see him get one more chance to play with highly-skilled NHL wingers who can finish. I'm sad for him after seeing the level of talent that Eakins has saddled him with these past two season. He deserved better.
  43. 2 points
    I think we can all agree on this
  44. 2 points
    Zegras coming up is not going to change the fortunes of this team. The Ducks are a bad team. Murray needs to be canned sooner than later.
  45. 2 points
    This. I love his attitude. They just posted an interview from today. He brings a little Teemu spirit to the team
  46. 2 points
    Yeah, I can't get very concerned - if at all - over putting a highly skilled, ultra-confident kid that you drafted two years ago and who will be 20 in a month into an offensively-starved lineup. Bob doesn't call him up, he's an idiot. Bob calls him up, he's an idiot. They drafted the kid to play NHL hockey for the Ducks. This is not a negative.
  47. 2 points
    Makes the most sense now. Retaining salary is never desirable, but if they can do it and get something back, good. Last summer was the time to deal Rico.
  48. 2 points
    That would make more sense to me, yeah. Also I am a big believer in that if you try to use a hammer to screw in a screw...you can try all you want, put in all the effort and not get it done. Or get it done in a weird way that doesn't really work. Sure you could hammer the screw really hard and maybe use a screw driver to hammer a nail. But that's not really gonna be sustainable. Maybe the hammer sympathizes with the person using him and is like "im sorry I'm not better!!" ...but...man the person using him is just not using his tools correctly. If he used his tools correctly...not only would the hammer and all the tools feel good about what they are doing...it would result in a much better outcome! Eakins and the coaching staff is not using the tools correctly. They don't know how to use tools. They have no idea what they're doing.
  49. 2 points
    Would you bet your life that current Ducks squad would can beat current Gulls squad? I wouldn't ....
  50. 2 points
    The big problem with this is that other teams also don't want to give up assets to add players they would have to protect in the expansion draft. I can see the upcoming trade deadline being way down for trades of players whose contracts don't end this year. The trade value of Manson, Shattenkirk, Rakell, Henrique, Silfverberg will all be higher after the expansion draft. I wouldn't worry too much about the expansion draft, either way we are going to lose somebody that we would prefer not to lose. Every team will. That is the way the expansion draft is built, we just have to deal with it.
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