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  1. 10 points
    He’ll clear then get hurt on the drive down to San Diego
  2. 9 points
    The team is playing better because Carlyle sucked the life out of hockey, and once the guys on the roster had that weight off their shoulders, you or I could have gone back there to coach and they would have played better. That doesn't mean you or I should be the next full-time head coach of the Ducks. With as energized as the team has been under Murray, they're still 9-9. And even in games like last night where they won, they were outplayed for long stretches against a mediocre opponent. That's happened a lot less, but it's not like this team has gone on an epic run, dominating every team they've faced. The Ducks need a real hockey coach next season. Bob Murray is not it.
  3. 9 points
    He’s basically in a skills competition every game
  4. 8 points
    The buyout works in Perry’s favor. If I were him, I would have outright refused a trade, and pushed them to either keeping me no or forcing the buyout option. It’s a business on the player side too. I think he makes more salary this way and controls where he wants to sign. I wish Perry nothing but the best.
  5. 8 points
    Makes sense to let Eakins finish the year in the AHL with the hopes of winning the AHL cup. Gives him more time to develop the kids and make a smooth transition to the big club next season. Now we need BM to end the season poorly so he gets canned in the off-season and all the stars will align.
  6. 8 points
    I'm 100% behind getting an interim coach at this point. Of course you'd prefer to replace your coach with someone you feel comfortable going forward with but I'm not sure they can afford to wait out the year anymore. It's beyond just losing now. There's a certain toxicity around this team that we've never seen before. The losing culture from the top down translates into bad habits for the youngsters, combined with complete lethargy for the rest of the players who have tuned their coaches out. It's setting the team up for future failure. Keeping Carlyle because of some misguided promise to give him a dignified exit after he delivered the two least dignified seasons this franchise has ever experienced sends an awful message to the fans. The Pond looked like a funeral parlour against the Blues and judging by how vocal the fan base has been online about their displeasure, there's no reason to expect that to get any better without ripping off the bandaid. Realistically speaking, the season will be doomed regardless of whoever is behind the bench. Where we pick in the draft will most likely rely on how Gibson closes out the season. This team has too much pride to fully embrace Crappo for Kaapo anyway, I don't think it's worth keeping Carlyle in the hopes of tanking. I admit an interim coach wouldn't be the most ideal solution, especially if there's a long term option to be had. It's still a better option than maintaining the status quo though. It would signal that the organization recognizes what we've witnessed over the last 12 months has been completely unacceptable and something is being done. At the very least it would win back some fans and hopefully work towards eliminating the team-wide allergies to work ethic, puck possession and actually playing defence.
  7. 7 points
    They got Brian Burke on Sportsnet talking about how you always draft the best player available and all I can think of is Logan MacMillan
  8. 7 points
    Not so fast. Once upon a time, I was also in favor of giving Beleskey a 4 x $4M contract with a partial NTC.... Being a GM is way harder than it looks from the comfort of my couch.
  9. 7 points
    Eww I can think of 31 teams that deserve a title more than those fools and yes, the 31st team is the one in Seattle that doesn't even exist yet. I'd rather see the Cup get thrown into a black hole before any of those mustard clowns get to touch it.
  10. 7 points
    The Ducks nominated Eaves as their candidate for the Masterton trophy today. I don't have a problem with that considering everything he's been through in his career but I think Kesler easily deserves the award outright. Regardless of how you feel about how he performed, grinding through 60 games and playing those insane Carlyle matchup minutes in his awful condition was an incredible feat for Kesler. If setting a goal of 1000 games and doing everything in his power to reach it in spite of his increasingly broken body doesn't embody "perseverance, sportsmanship & dedication to hockey", nothing else will.
  11. 7 points
    Even the message boards wanted to tank
  12. 7 points
    I would stop watching the NHL if this happened. I don't want players making a business decision as to whether they will step in front of a shot to block it or chase a puck into a corner because it might cost them money if they get injured. If you're going to financially penalize players for trying hard, you might as well go back to the flat-bladed stick and make them play by collegiate rules to keep them all safer on the ice. That would result in a much worse on-ice product. IMO, players should be able to play their games to the best of their ability without worrying that their income will be affected by an on-ice injury. And speaking of on-ice injuries, your bus driver's "sick day" analogy doesn't work here. Hockey injuries are typically work-related injuries (unless you're Patrick Eaves or Dustin Penner) and would be eligible for worker's compensation claims in the real world (if sports were actually the same as the real world, which they're not). In most US states I think worker's comp pays something like 2/3 of the salary for workers injured on the job who are unable to keep working. And you know how injured workers get the rest of their lost salary? They sue. Do we really want players suing the NHL, teams, coaches, and each other every time they miss games due to injury? That would also be terrible for the game (and also for us fans, because litigation ultimately just makes everything more expensive for the end-users/consumers). Finally, there's also that specter of concussions. What you're suggesting here will cause players with significant head injuries to return to the ice before they are ready due to fear of losing thousands or even millions of dollars in lost wages because of missed games. These players are human beings, not gladiators, and we should be thankful the NHLPA exists to make sure they are treated as human beings and allowed to heal their significant injuries according to their own body's timeline. So IMO, guaranteed contracts exist for both the good of the game AND the good of the player. The onus should instead be on the GMs to make sure that a team is built properly within the salary cap rules. That is their job. And if they can't do their job well, ownership should find some else to do their job.
  13. 7 points
    I'd rather have Kesler in a wheelchair on the ice scoring nothing but hotdogs at intermission than a piece of poop like Dustin "there goes your knees" Brown.
  14. 7 points
    Disagree. I believe, as last night shows, when the forwards are playing a faster game and getting more than one shot on net each possession, the D does just fine. The dump and chase was killing the D. The forwards were standing around and not giving many options for outlet passes so the puck came right back. The D showed last night that they can play. I also feel the changes to the pairings has helped a great deal. Fowler seems comfortable with DelZotto and Manson and Lindholm should have never been separated. Monty and Megna are the weakest pairing but fared just fine. If you look at last night's ice time, it was pretty well spread out across the lineup which says a lot about this team. It is starting to look more and more that it wasn't the players RC had to work with, it was the way he used them and the system he used. For the first time in a long time, I'm looking forward to the next game.
  15. 7 points
    Playoffs? Jim Mora comes to mind.
  16. 7 points
    BM taking over as Coach might be a VERY VERY good thing. If the team continues to fail, and the rubber hits the road, BM might be looking for another job. Kill 2 birds with one stone. If on the other hand the team starts playing a better brand of hockey, the question will have been answered - it was RC's fault. IMHO This will also be a test of Team Leadership - can Getz and the A's be able to spark the rest of the team ? We'll see !!
  17. 7 points
    I watched the game on the Ducks feed so I can't confirm but apparently the Sportsnet guy between the benches said that Getzlaf and some of the other guys were yelling at Carlyle to pull Gibson after the 4th or 5th goal. Did anyone catch this? I've only seen a few comments about it on twitter but the team is so dysfunctional it sounds legit enough to believe. Purposely leaving your star goalie who has worked his ass off all year to carry your incompetent team and staff in to suffer through a period like that should be the final straw. Of course you could probably build a house out of all the "final" straws that should've gotten Carlyle fired by now.
  18. 6 points
    He has two cups in the past 8-9 years. Everyone was so gung-ho about Quenneville who had 3 cups during the same time frame, what’s so bad about Sutter advising. He’s not an assistant or associate, he’s an advisor.
  19. 6 points
    I hope he KILLS it in Dallas. I think he will do well. I hope he does.
  20. 6 points
    He's a centre with a G and a Z in his last name. He passes my official "I have no idea what's going on here so draft the player with the coolest sounding name" test.
  21. 6 points
    People need to stop comparing Perry and Teemu with regard to their knee injuries. They are completely different players. Teemu always was a speed player and so he relied on his knee to accommodate that speed. Perry on the other hand has never been the best skater and not nearly as quick. Perry has always been the grinding type player who just cycled down low and “slowed” the game down with Getz. As such, his knee is not going to make him a better skater nor a faster one. So really I don’t think he will come back and have ANYWHERE close of a resurgence that Teemu did ... not even close. The very wide majority of players only decline as they get to Perry’s age not get better. Sorry but he will never again be a 30 goal scorer. So paying him the amount he was getting to be a 20 goal scorer was insane. I love Perry too but seriously everyone don’t look at this with so much emotion. The younger kids who will take his spot will be better than what he currently brings to the table as far as points goes. This is the young players team now even Getz will eventually wind down. It’s just nature, people age and it’s also business too where spending that much money is better spent somewhere else and not on a 4th liner.
  22. 6 points
    What would even be the point of this though? It's not like we have some younger stud we're symbolically handing the future over to the same way it was back when Getzlaf got named captain. It's literally pointless change for the sake of change. He's not Joe Thornton disappearing nearly every spring, being outplayed by his teammates and taking the fall while his stacked team implodes. He's been both the best performer and leader on the team throughout his tenure. He still is. The team clearly goes as he goes and the last 9 seasons have been the most consistently successful stretch this franchise has had. They haven't won a cup during his tenure but I don't see how anyone can point a finger and blame him seeing as how Silfverberg has been the only guy whose playoff performances even come close to Getzlaf's. Stripping him for Fowler too? Just.. why?
  23. 6 points
    Yeah, cause taking the C off Getzlaf's sweater and putting it on Kesler or Beauchemin or whoever would've magically resulted in a championship. Not like that man did everything in his power to carry his teams through the playoffs during his tenure. Remember that year he broke his face stepping in front of a Seguin shot in the final minute and came back the very next game looking like a bloody monster finishing with a goal and an assist? Or how he singlehandedly schooled an Edmonton Oilers team featuring the saviour of Canadian hockey? Getzlaf has been one of the best playoff performers in hockey over the last decade. Imagine if he had a Duncan Keith or Drew Doughty to work with over this stretch. The only reason to strip him of his captaincy at this point would be to signify a changing of the guard. As of right now I don't think we have anyone worthy of taking it from him.
  24. 6 points
    According finnish newspaper Hämeen Sanomat, finnish defensman Jani Hakanpaa has signed with Anaheim Ducks 1 year, one way deal. https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/45342/jani-hakanpaa Hakanpaa was selected by the St.Louis Blues in the 4th round (104th overall) of the 2010 Entry Draft. He played in his native Finland for the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Elite League (Liiga) 2011-2012. During his 2012- stint with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL he registered one goal and three assists in fourteen games. At the completion of his entry-level deal with the Blues, Hakanpaa opted to return to Finland signing a two-year contract with Liiga club, Oulun Kärpät on 2 July 2015. He won two titles in Kärpät. .. That's for general information. Here is what I think: Kärpät is my hometown's team. Jani is very physical player and never step out for battles in corners. Very nasty to play against. He is very good in offensive side of the game too. He shoots hard and products continually something good in offensive zone. If you think reference, he might be good replacement for Sami Vatanen. Kärpät have played last 2 years very offensive, NHL-style hockey if you will, and Hakanpaa has done it very well. Of course we still waiting for final announcement for this, but it is 99% likely that Hakanpaa will join Ducks next season. Could be potentially in top-6 defensemen.
  25. 6 points
    Calgary 😂😂😂😂
  26. 6 points
    called it! March 15th!
  27. 6 points
    ANYONE, and I mean A.N.Y.O.N.E. but the preds. Colorado, Boston, even L.A. But not the Preds. Preds are the worst of the worst of the worst OF the WORST.
  28. 6 points
    Not having the Rangers and Blackhawks in the playoffs is indeed a big loss for the league in terms of TV ratings. Hate to disagree with you but generational players in this year's draft will go a long way towards ensuring at least one of the two gets back in the dance sooner rather than later.
  29. 6 points
    The recent results of the sabres and rangers are really horrible. I can see us caching them. The Oilers, blackhawks and avs are out of reach I think. The nucks have a few games in hand. I gotta say I enjoy to see the team winning. At the end of the day you can play to finish last and end up picking 5th or something. Just play the game and get some confidence back. We'll see what happens april 9. I have confidence in BM's drafting.
  30. 6 points
    There isn't a lot that annoys me more in current discourse than to label anyone who cares about what someone said as a "snowflake." If we want to have a meaningful discussion about whether certain language is harmful and why it's harmful, we can do that, but by going immediately to "snowflake," all discussion is shut off.
  31. 6 points
    And the Ducks balls are labeled "404 Error - Page not found".
  32. 6 points
    No way! I would never have guessed considering its the only thing you ever post about.
  33. 6 points
    I really like this trade. Guhle is bigger than Montour, he's only 21 and still has the potential to be a good 2nd pair defenseman in the NHL. He's a much more physical player and will be tough to play against in the defensive zone. He's positionally sound and will also chip in some points. Montour was expected to be an offensive guy but he never really brought his big shot to the NHL. More often than not he would just throw weak shots on net, which would drive me insane if it was at the end of a long attacking zone shift as he would too often give the opposition an easy out. I don't think his offense has made up enough for his play in the defensive zone which at times has been flat out bad. Anaheim is going nowhere this season, Guhle is going to be a good regular NHL player in a couple of seasons and brings a bit of grit. I think this is a great trade for Anaheim.
  34. 6 points
    Hate to see Monty go but it's a real good deal for us. A first round pick plus a decent prospect.
  35. 6 points
    Murray to take over as coach for remainder of the season.
  36. 6 points
    We're never going to agree on this because we simply have different opinions of this current roster. You seem to think this team is currently in free fall and needs to be gutted and rebuilt from scratch, while I think this team is still very talented and just needs some slight tweaking because that the 0-4 sweep in the playoffs and the terrible play this season were caused solely by Randy Carlyle, not a lack of talent. I absolutely think we could be right back in the playoffs next season with a new coach, and if Gibby's on his game we could do some serious damage.
  37. 6 points
    Watching the post-practice interviews from today... these guys are over the moon that RC is out. They’re not even trying to hide it. Lots of smiles and laughing during the practice too from what the videos show. Even from Bob. After two months of pure garbage, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them turn around and sweep this homestand now. They SOOOO wanted Carlyle fired.
  38. 6 points
    It's a money thing. They were probably getting over run with calls of season ticket cancellations and a general sense of unrest. It's always because of money. They are selling a product that has been sub standard for a while with no attempt at fixing it. It's the bottom line. It's a business. Simple.
  39. 6 points
    Pierre LeBrun ✔@PierreVLeBrun Murray had hoped to keep Carlyle behind the bench for the rest of the season but enough was enough. Also wanted to keep Dallas Eakins in AHL San Diego with the kids. So here's the solution: Murray goes Lou Lamoriello-style behind the bench. The post-game scrums won't be boring
  40. 6 points
    I kind of want to go watch the Ducks practice and see what kind of drills BM runs. Probably behind the bench with a glass of whisky in hand teaching the boys how to goon it up.
  41. 6 points
    I tried not to let the proverbial trigger in my head get pulled but I couldn’t help it. Gibson by far has been the best player on our team for at least the last 2 seasons. Kid puts in A+ effort night in and night out, and has won/kept us in more games than I can even count. Ice a decent or even mildly above average defense in front of him, and some forwards who can put the puck in the net 2 or 3 times a night and you’d see the results. Overrated is not the word I’d use pal.
  42. 6 points
    Dumping RC in favor of Eakins at this point would be grossly unfair to the Gulls who are having a heck of a season right now.
  43. 6 points
    Two different schools of thought, I guess. Your school seems to be preaching the attitude of "if the players don't care, why should I?". I am of the opposite school - I care immensely, and I'm appalled that the players are playing like they don't and are hanging our all-star goalie out to dry. So I intend to keep beating the dead and decaying horse until the powers that be finally cut the disease out of it. Undies bunched - check Pitchforks out - check Fire Carlyle.
  44. 6 points
    He's kept us in the hunt? Oh, you mean John Gibson. Yes, John Gibson has kept us in the hunt. Randy Carlyle has had nothing to do with it.
  45. 5 points
    I really find it annoying to bring up Getz, Perry's, or Kesler's contracts. Hindisght is 20/20...but there is NO way anyone thought Kesler would have dropped so much by now. He showed no signs of slowing down till 2017 off-season. And he hasn't been the same since. Perry and Getz earned their contracts. Earned them more than most players these days seem to "earn" their contracts. We did so much with paying them not nearly what they were providing in those early years. And to keep them, and to keep ourselves in the good graces of other players if we were NOT to reward them, we'd be so much worse off now than if we didn't sign them to these contracts. No player wants to play for a team that doesN'T reward the hard work of their players. When they are severely underpaid for what they deliver. The consequences of NOT signing Getz/Pears to their current contract is worse than where we are now. It's so easy to just look at how they are now and be like "well these contracts are dumb!!!!" I've got no defense on the Bieksa and Stoner contracts lol I...I just don't understand lol I also disagree with the underplaying of the "negative atmosphere." Unless these players are the most mentally strong young guys in the league...they come in to see leaders and veterans being negative and teaching bad habits...that's not good for development. Especially when they can be somewhere where there is a much more positive atmosphere like San Diego! Bringing them in after RC left was smart. I don't disagree with her take on we should dump more salary and get some more futures. I have no comment on that. It sucks the position we are in...but I just can't completely blame Bob for it. His asset management doesn't seem great. But I just wanted to defend the Getz, Perry, and Kesler contracts. That's really it. He's getting more picks...and well, that's his strength sooo...at least that's happening.
  46. 5 points
    For a 6th round draft pick. We got more from St. Louis than Vancouver did from us, haha.
  47. 5 points
    Regular season is one thing, postseason is an other. The inability to initiate contact and clear out the crease would have this years team, much like last years team, swept out of the first round. There are many glaring issues that stack against the Ducks to prevail in the postseason not just the D. Yeah, it sucks as a fan wanting this team to finish near the bottom of the league, but its the fastest way to a quick return to dominance. The team did show passion last night for the first time in a long long while, but was it for the sake of wanting to make a playoff push or was it out of respect to win one for Scotty? I think it was for the latter of the two...I still stand by my opinion and believe this team does not belong in the postseason...it will be ugly.
  48. 5 points
    Talk about not having a clue. He's an interim coach. If the Gulls coach is coming up, no reason to do it now. If they want someone else, process will be better to find one after the season than on the fly now.
  49. 5 points
    I don't understand the fascination with waiting for Eakins. Eakins has been the coach in San Diego for 3 1/2 seasons now and how many players has Eakins graduated to be full-time NHL players? Ritchie, Montour, and Kase, right? Am I missing anybody? Of those three, Monty still lacks the basic fundamentals to play solid defense in front of his netminder and Ritchie, while somewhat improved, is still not what anywhere close to what one would hope from a former #10 overall pick. Eakins is also a former defenseman who coaches a defense-first system (probably why RC and BM love him), yet our biggest deficiencies this whole season have been goal-scoring and our inability to sustain offensive pressure. He is NOT the guy this team needs. I fear you are correct that GMBM is waiting for Eakins, which would be yet another colossal mistake for this organization. If that's the road this team is headed down, fire Murray too!
  50. 5 points
    Still bitter. Yes, the team got a brief kick in the butt and won a couple games. But those post game interviews from that last game. Every one looks defeated and dead inside. Apparently intangibles is a thing.
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