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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
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 7 points
    Even the message boards wanted to tank
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 7 points
    Playoffs? Jim Mora comes to mind.
  13. 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 !!
  14. 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.
  15. 6 points
    Calgary 😂😂😂😂
  16. 6 points
    called it! March 15th!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 6 points
    And the Ducks balls are labeled "404 Error - Page not found".
  22. 6 points
    No way! I would never have guessed considering its the only thing you ever post about.
  23. 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.
  24. 6 points
    Hate to see Monty go but it's a real good deal for us. A first round pick plus a decent prospect.
  25. 6 points
    Murray to take over as coach for remainder of the season.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 5 points
    This exactly. Firing Carlyle was mandatory for the long-term health of this franchise, and the downside of keeping him far outweighed the possibility to getting an 18.5% chance at getting the top pick. The Rangers have been executing a Chicago/Pittsburgh strategy for the past three seasons by holding yard sales at the TDLs to get rid of good players in exchange for draft picks. As a result, they've had two 1st rounders in 2017, three 1st rounders in 2018, and will have two more 1st rounders and three 2nd rounders in 2019. However, this is something that NOBODY here, even the most ardent tankers, seems willing to do. That said, I disagree in the case of the Sabres. The Sabres have been in go-for-it mode since last summer when they traded for Skinner, and they were still in go-for-it mode when they traded a 2019 1st rounder and a good D prospect to the Ducks in exchange for Monty at this year's deadline. Buffalo's issues are that they have created a losing culture throughout their entire organization through past tanking efforts and their refusal to fire a coach that the team has completely tuned out. Buffalo played fine hockey for 4-5 months when the good teams had the volume dialed in at a 7 or 8. But once the playoffs came into view and the good teams turned the volume up to 11, they just couldn't hang and their losing attitudes took over. The players are still trying to win (newsflash: the players don't care where the team picks), but they just have no idea what it takes to win anymore. The Sabres predicament is exactly what GMBM needed to avoid here. RC HAD to be fired when he was (sooner?) and the team (especially the young players) HAD to see that it could play good hockey against other playoff-bound teams who had the volume turned up to 11. They accomplished both. The Ducks have beaten Washington, Minnesota, Colorado (twice), Arizona, Montreal, Nashville, and San Jose (and should have beaten St Louis) during the home stretch, and the kids have played a major role in many of those wins. I'm thrilled with those results, even if we lost a few percentage points in the lottery odds doing so. I'm as hard on GMBM as anyone here, but IMO what he has done in February and March is great for the long-term health of this franchise.
  36. 5 points
    There is no reason to trade Ritchie. He's turned into a good third line winger, and has the potential for more. If Murray trades Ritchie, it will be like Palmieri redux. Trading a guy who's cheap just as he's about to become really useful.
  37. 5 points
    Wow!! The Ducks are so incredibly fortunate tonight. You’ve got to lose this game being on the 2nd night of a B2B against a playoff team down 3-1 if you’re going to have a successful tank. The Canucks also beat the Leafs after being down 2-0, so this was a very good tank night. It’s really good all-around. The kids look really good and are getting confidence from their play. Don’t need the two points to get a positive effect for next season there. Terry especially looks like he could be a 50-60 point player next year.
  38. 5 points
    Pettersson now with the same number of points as Fowler (in 3 fewer games) and now regularly seeing 18-20 mins of TOI/game. Sprong benched for the final 30 mins in a meaningless game after multiple healthy scratches. This organization needs someone to intervene when Bob moves on a panic trade. Pettersson should still be here.
  39. 5 points
    I say we get Dan Sexton to be our new coach.
  40. 5 points
    Well if the Sharks get booted in the 1st round after loading up and acquiring Karlsson, then I won't care where their pick ends up because I will be too busy laughing for awhile.
  41. 5 points
    Just trying to keep the boards somewhat current. Sorry if it inconvenienced you, but with just 2 of us running the boards now, we do the best we can.
  42. 5 points
    From the OC Register: Getzlaf, also signed for two more seasons, is the Ducks leading scorer this season with 11 goals and 36 points in 50 games. He said Sunday he hopes to stay with the franchise moving forward. “I’m not exempt from anything that’s going on in this room,” Getzlaf said. “I’ve been here my whole career. The last thing I plan on doing is to go somewhere else unless Bob says I have to. “I’ve always told him that if either side has an opinion that this needs to end, we’ll have the discussion. But I’ve put too much into this organization to not see it through. Going to another team is not in my vocabulary.”
  43. 5 points
    FWIW (per the Athletic), BM said the owners have put all options on the table with regards to making this team competitive again in a relatively short period of time. Includes asking players to waive their NWC AND buyouts if necessary.
  44. 5 points
  45. 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!
  46. 5 points
    Not taking sides, but clearly Hoxxey is frustrated with the team right now, and rightfully so. It seems pretty apparent that there is an issue that transcends player talent or lack thereof. I mean does anyone who follows this team think that Getzlaf, Rackell, Silverberg, most of the D corps have suddenly all lost the ability to play hockey at the same time? Most teams would have fired the coach after a ten game losing streak. The Ducks have only won two games in the last 49 days.(39 minus the All Star break). I think at this point it is reasonable for fans to be frustrated with Bob Murray's blind loyalty to Carlyle. These last six weeks have been some of the worst hockey played by the Ducks since their inception.
  47. 5 points
    A class move. Notice he didn't throw the players under the bus in any of his statement. He took responsibility and emphasized the team's mission. Color me impressed. A stark contrast to what comes out of the ducks "management".
  48. 5 points
    All these injuries. If only we had a player who stayed healthy and played in every game.
  49. 5 points
    The ducks have had an "about time" thing for 6 months...
  50. 5 points
    Or a poor presence in the locker room? His 5th team in the last seven year, plus articles like THIS would lead one to believe that he may not be what you would call a "character guy." So... BM calls out our mid-20-somethings for a lack of leadership, trades Cogs, and then brings in Del Zotto. This season is so weird.
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