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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
    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. 8 points
    I beg to differ. Ritchie is a 52 burger eater champion, a Kobayashi award finalist, a 2-time flap jack winner and a 2-time competitive food bingeing ALL-STAR. So yes, he also has high qualifications.
  8. 8 points
    Lindholm - Manson Fowler - Montour Petersson/Larsson - Schenn Is what I think it looks like going into the season. Seeing how Luke Schenn is not Kevin Bieksa, and therefore an upgrade over Bieksa by not being Bieksa, I think this is a pretty good Dmen core.
  9. 7 points
    Pictured: James Neal and Milan Lucic pose for a photo together moments after being traded for one another
  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
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 6 points
    Hate to see Monty go but it's a real good deal for us. A first round pick plus a decent prospect.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 6 points
    I know you hate Fowler, but these comparisons are absolutely comical.
  26. 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.
  27. 6 points
    This is hilarious. He stole the SEASON for us last year. His numbers in the second half were stellar.
  28. 6 points
    The Oilers would take that deal any day and they'd be laughing at us for years. Lucic has never been anywhere near the player that Perry is, and he's now a joke. He played every game this season and had 10 goals. In the second half of the season he had 9 points and 1 goal. He's slow and offers nothing. Oilers fans hate him more than they hate Perry.
  29. 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.
  30. 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/
  31. 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.
  32. 6 points
    I think this is a GREAT trade as Hagelin simply is a better player than both Etem and Beleskey.
  33. 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.
  34. 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
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 5 points
    What's the current record for the number of shooters in a shoot-out? Picture it - they play to a 0-0 tie and then go 18 rounds of shoot-out with every shooter intentionally missing the net, until finally Holzer loses the handle on the puck at the top of the circles and Quick dives out of the way and lets it dribble past him for the loss. The league then gives LA the top overall pick and the Ducks fall to 4th as two other teams draw in ahead of them. smh. This season....
  38. 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.”
  39. 5 points
    Corey Perry is back! Per Eric Stephens, Perry skated on the first line at practice toady, with Rakell and Getzlaf. Looks like Eaves may be back too, as he rotated in on the fourth line. I think Perry can help the Ducks. In the video they showed of him skating the other day with the team, he actually looked a lot faster than he has looked in years. Maybe the therapy for his knee injury caused him to strengthen his lower body, helping him become a little faster. Also, the surgery was said to also help fix a nagging knee issue Perry has had since his junior days. To have a faster version of Perry would be pretty cool. And he obviously has played a lot of his career on a line with Getzlaf. I think he can make a big impact for the Ducks down the stretch, and hopefully help get us in the playoffs. Agree? Let's Go Ducks!!!!
  40. 5 points
    There a part of me that really wishes the players and Gibson would just start standing still on the ice like statues and refuse to actually play until both Carlyle and Murray are gone. Murray can only sit so many players and send down even fewer. This situation is worse than when Carlyle was fired the first time. If the Samueli's had a lick of sense they would fire both of them, and go get Quenville.
  41. 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".
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 5 points
    I'm not talking about the trade, I'm saying that the bogus PR spin he put out last night was an insult to the fans. The fact that he was still on his soapbox into today about ~accountability~ as he trades away one of his hardest workers is the cherry on top. This has easily been the most embarrassing stretch in the history of a franchise that used to include Tinkerbell graphics in their broadcasts. To come out and say to the fans that he's not even considering a coaching change after watching this year-long disaster is an absolute joke. It's not just that they lost 11 in a row, it's the pathetic way they've been losing since before the season started. This team has been failing for a very long time. Carlyle should have gotten the axe after similarly coasting through all of last season and pretending injuries were the #1 problem only to see his healthy Ducks get humiliated in 4 games by their rivals in the playoffs. And yet here we still are, over half a season later with two separate franchise high losing streaks to our name and a coach who hasn't run a successful gameplan since 2009 when he could ice two HHOF defenders for half a game. If Murray genuinely believes Carlyle isn't part of the problem here, what other option is there? The roster HE is responsible for creating? The insult here is Murray absolving himself AND his bestie of all responsibility for this mess while expecting paying fans to continue to put up with this nonsense. We can agree to disagree about the trade itself. To me it just reeks of trying to "send a message" when in reality he's just throwing Dehydrated Donkey Dung at a wall and seeing what sticks. Moving Cogliano doesn't make this team better, just like keeping Carlyle won't. He should try honesty instead of throwing his players under the bus for the umpteenth time.
  45. 5 points
    Score a goal finally, get traded. He was clearly the problem. God I hate the Stars and this makes it harder to do so.
  46. 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.
  47. 5 points
    I think it's time we all start learning Swedish. I've watched enough of the Swedish Chef on the Muppets that I think I can string a few sentences together.
  48. 5 points
    It's kind of understandable how dumb Kings fans are with this stuff. Jim Fox is constantly telling them that the Kings are angels and all of the calls that go against them are wrong....when you hear that from your commentators game after game it's easy to start believing it. Same reason I believe that all goaltenders are incredible athletes. Thanks Hazy. Lol.
  49. 5 points
    I'd root for the jets so hard it's not even funny can't stand the thought of nashville winning The Cup.
  50. 5 points
    Kayria is now a hall of famer. He was the Ducks first ever draft pick. He is 4th in points, 3rd in assists & goals all time for the Ducks. Should the Duck retire #9? At the very least Kayria would have to attend the ceremony, then maybe the Samueli's can convince him to stick around a bit longer.
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