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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. 9 points
    @icemancometh Word is John Gibson is getting married today. Yes, I've already said he's signing a fat contract and his life away on the same day. #wonkwonk
  5. 9 points
    If we're going to have an albatross contract, I'd rather it be a player who's done amazing things for us in his career and isn't a has-been goon. When Perry does something frustrating, I get irritated for a minute before I think of the amazing goals he scored for us. When Lucic does something frustrating, I will hate him and his ridiculous contract even more. No thanks.
  6. 8 points
    Of course there would be more interest in a new franchise vs one over 25 years old. That's a no brainer. And the last time I looked, arena wasn't "empty." They're averaging over 16K per game for a team that's REBUILDING/RETOOLING. Some people just see the glass as half empty. I get it. I am an original SSH, and am still one (full season too, no mini plans for me) to this day. Have loved the team since day one, and still do. I just realize there's going to be down yearS. I'm sure your interest will peak again when they start winning. And the 16K average will go up too with winning. There's a name for such fans, but it's Christmas, so I'll leave it at that. Kids are playing hard. We're only 3 games under .500 and that's with another year of injuries. Personally I like the smaller crowds. Easier to park and shorter concession lines. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
  7. 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.
  8. 7 points
    Pictured: James Neal and Milan Lucic pose for a photo together moments after being traded for one another
  9. 7 points
    Even the message boards wanted to tank
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 7 points
    Playoffs? Jim Mora comes to mind.
  14. 7 points
    I know we all justifiably rip on the guy for his play on the ice, but there's no doubt he's giving everything he has out there. And off the ice, he seems like a genuinely good person. We've heard about his character in the locker room, and we've seen those funny videos where he pranks the team, but I read this piece today and I felt like I had to share it. In this day and age, you never know, of course, if there's a difference between the public persona and what has gone on behind closed doors. It's still a great thing to be able to share a sad, but important story about someone trying to make the world a better place. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/kevin-bieksa-will-never-stop-talking-rick-rypien/
  15. 7 points
    Giordano would've gotten a gold medal.
  16. 7 points
    Everyone's second favorite team, the Boston Bruins complete a perfect California road trip, losing to the Ducks and then beating Los Angeles and San Jose in regulation.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  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
    Hate to see Monty go but it's a real good deal for us. A first round pick plus a decent prospect.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 6 points
    Paul MacLean would be a solid interim head coach for this team.
  26. 6 points
    Bob’s strategy before entering negotiations with Silf was to cut out Silfs linemate and use him as collateral damage in order to get Silf at a lower rated contract and effectively show him how ruthless he is and play on Silfs emotions. Bob to Silf:: I sent your buddy Cogs packing FOR YOU. I did this so YOU can stay here. But first I needed to save some cash. Do you understand? I did it for you. That’s straight up street savagery sh*t right there.
  27. 6 points
    I know you hate Fowler, but these comparisons are absolutely comical.
  28. 6 points
    Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Capitals on November 28, 2011. He was hired by the Ducks on November 30, 2011. Joel Quenneville was fired by the Blackhawks on November 6, 2011...With the Kings lurking, I'm not sure Murray has two days to think it over. You know what I'd like to see? Hang Quenneville in a cage from the Staples Center scoreboard tonight. At the end of the game, the cage will be lowered to the ice and the winning team will be presented with a key to unlock the door and take Quenneville home with them. A little extra incentive might be nice.
  29. 6 points
    This is hilarious. He stole the SEASON for us last year. His numbers in the second half were stellar.
  30. 6 points
    Me Irish mate who is a Toffee through and through just said it's Liverpool's to lose. I've never seen an Irishman so sad while holding a pint of Guinness.
  31. 6 points
    Bieksa did a SportsNet interview after the game. Asked what he and Tkachuk were talking about on the ice. He said, "It's like talking to my 10 year old." LOL http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hours-kevin-bieksa/
  32. 6 points
    Anaheim Ducks‏Verified account @AnaheimDucks 2m2 minutes ago Paul Kariya, on the HHOF conference call: "Never in my wildest dreams did I think this was possible. This is an incredible honor." Anaheim Ducks‏Verified account @AnaheimDucks 1m1 minute ago PK said he was surfing and got the news when he returned. @TeemuSel8nne called him right away to congratulate him; knew before PK did Anaheim Ducks‏Verified account @AnaheimDucks 49s49 seconds ago .@TeemuSel8nne: "It's great that you were inducted w/ me, Paul, so we can fly together & you can pick up the tab for the private plane!"
  33. 6 points
    I could not fault Beleskey if he would have have gotten 5 or 6 million in the free market....but 3.8 average for 5 years...playing for a team that he has no roots in, nor a playoff contender. Sounds like he got bad advice from his agent.
  34. 6 points
    I think this is a GREAT trade as Hagelin simply is a better player than both Etem and Beleskey.
  35. 6 points
    Just read that Hags is super excited to be a Duck. But that might be because Anaheim is turning into the new NA Stockholm.
  36. 5 points
    It doesn't help that this organization is so tight-lipped about player status either. I mean, can we get an update on Ondrej Kase's shoulder rehab? Is Troy Terry fully recovered from the broken leg? How is Patrick Eaves feeling? This summer also feels very unsatisfying because of how little GMBM has done to improve the team, especially the defense. The current Ducks defense is weak, and it seems like most of us are still expecting some kind of a move to improve it. But its hard to sit back and feel good about the team's work this off season when there is still such a glaring hole in the lineup (and still too many wingers). I keep checking the news to see if GMBM has done something to fix it, but the days just march on by with no news. Makes for an even longer summer....
  37. 5 points
    They could have used Perry's money to sign a top RW in free agency that year. Top RW's that year in UFA were Nathan Horton, David Clarkson, and Jarome Iginla. In hindsight, Anaheim probably dodged a bullet.
  38. 5 points
    Freddie is still the ballsiest goalie in the league. One minute left in a one goal playoff game and this guy is making diving poke checks and trying to shoot on empty nets. I love him haha
  39. 5 points
    Kesler isn't going to make this decision based on what is best for the organization. They gave him the contract, that's not his problem. It would be the easiest thing for him to just 'retire' (i.e. go on LTIR) and not play another game, but Kesler is one of the most competitive people you'll ever meet, he will try every available option before he's forced into retirement. It's easy for us as fans to say 'just retire' but effectively he's giving up his life long dream and what he's been doing for his entire adult life. That's not an easy call to make.
  40. 5 points
    Shut it down, Kes. I give him credit for gutting through the injury and getting to 1,000, but at some point he's a detriment to himself and the team. I don't think rest will really be much of a factor ... at some point you're just a 35-year old with bad hips that can't skate. Father Time is undefeated for a reason.
  41. 5 points
    45-50 points is not very good production from the 2C spot, unless that 2C is also a perennial Selke finalist. This team would be stronger if Rico was a 3C or a LW and we had a better 2C in his current spot.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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".
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 5 points
    I don't believe Bob Murray will engage in a rebuild in the traditional sense of the word - i.e. trading away top players for picks and prospects and intentionally tanking for high draft picks (the Pittsburgh/Chicago/LA model). He will more likely just continue to re-tool similar to the way Doug Wilson has in San Jose. In the case of Anaheim, I know a lot of fans consider that strategy to be the equivalent of shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic, but I think that we could continue to be on the cusp of SC success if BM will just take a few bigger risks with some of our assets. Look at San Jose: Wilson let Thornton and Marleau (and arguably Dan Boyle) go to UFA without flipping them for picks or prospects and will likely do the same with Pavelski at the end of this season. Meanwhile, Wilson has re-tooled his forward corps through the draft (no picks higher than #9 overall) to the point where they could absorb Marleau walking in free agency and Thornton closing in on 40. Wilson has also maintained a solid/superb blue line through some pretty bold trades (Dan Boyle, Burns, and now Karlsson). And Wilson hasn't really put his team in the hole with his big trades either. For example, Wilson got Brent Burns in June 2011 for a 1st (#28OA) + Charlie Coyle (drafted 28th OA in 2010) + Devin Setoguchi + a 2nd in the 2012 draft. So despite moving essentially his 1st rounders in 2010 and 2011, a 2nd rounder in 2012, and a 20-goal scorer (Setoguchi), Wilson still walked away from those three drafts with Brent freaking Burns, Tomas Hertl, Chris Tierney (just traded for Karlsson), and Matt Nieto. Not bad. IMO, BM drafts well enough that he should take some chances on the type of trade that Wilson pulled off for Burns (i.e. losing a few 1st rounders while still walking away with good picks in subsequent rounds and a top-tier player). He also has the assets already in the organization to pull off the type of trade that Willson pulled off for Karlsson. If he will just stick his neck out a little and take a chance (again, like he did with Kesler) I think he could re-tool this team on the fly and be right back in the thick of things the way San Jose is now. But that said, the time to re-tool is now, not 2-3 years from now. We have the cap space (or can create more by moving some redundant parts). We have an extra source of funding from the expansion fees, revenue sharing, TV money, etc. We need to re-tool this thing now with some bold moves to fill gaping holes on the forward lines.
  48. 5 points
    Agreed! Fowler was just invisible out there last night!
  49. 5 points
    I agree with the bolded but disagree with the rest in regards to Giguere. If anything, I'd say his number should be in the rafters before Niedermayer's. He's not a HHOF player but his name gets thrown around quite a bit every year there's a class to pick with no surefire HHOF players. I wouldn't rule him out yet since it's a real possibility for him to get in one year. Beyond that his groin issues coinciding with Hiller's rise to prominence in a salary cap era are the main reasons he didn't retire a Duck. Goalie's hardly ever stick with one franchise though, it's the nature of the position. It's unfortunate although it's hard to look past what he was able to accomplish with the team during his time here. He could've easily won the Conn Smythe again in 2007. Compared to recently retired numbers such as Milan Hejduk and Jere Lethinen, Giguere was significantly more important to the franchise. Heck if Giguere doesn't singlehandedly drag that team to the finals in 2003, Niedermayer likely would've never signed here to begin with.
  50. 5 points
    Ryan Johansen, the first player in NHL history to be placed on the IR with hurt feelings.....
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