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  1. 2 points
    After seeing the list of NHL points leaders and noting how young some of them are (e.g. Petterson with over a PPG at age 21, Paternak with insane production at age 23) I want to see the Ducks’ young forwards start to produce in the 2nd half. Terry, Steel, Comtois, Ritchie, Kase, and Sprong are all below their scoring pace from last season and Jones is has about the same anemic pace. I don’t want to hear excuses about how young they are and that we need to be patient. There are plenty of other young players producing and it’s supposed to be a young man’s game now.
  2. 2 points
    Getz isn't going anywhere. The only guys I see moving are MDZ, Shore, Miller, and maybe Grantzlaf (though I'd really like to see him re-signed). I think that no GMs are going to want to pay the price at the trade deadline that GMBM will want for one of the vets that are signed long-term. If a vet with term left on his contract gets moved, it will most likely be at the draft. IMO, the one interesting player we have to use as trade bait at the TDL is Miller. He didn't want to move last season at the TDL, but this is for sure his last NHL season and I would bet that he'd be willing to give it a go one last time with a contender. I think the return for Miller would be something like a 2nd round pick, but I also wonder if he could be used as part of a package to get a good young player back. Like Kapanen from Toronto. The Leafs are desperate for a second goaltender (Hutchinson has been an unmitigated disaster with his .885 save % and 3.83 GAA) and could really use a Ryan Miller to take some pressure off Anderson, who has also been slumping a bit lately (likely due to being overworked early in the season). Maybe we could get Kapanen for something like Miller + Sprong + our 2nd rounder in this coming draft.
  3. 2 points
    Good question. I would think we're the home team, and as such normal set up rules. Rosters are up! Team USA Orange County's own Annie Pankowski is rostered along with practice Duck Hilary Knight. 7 Olympians on D, and some solid young talent up front. Hockey Canada Canadians are bringing some beastly talent, including the entire D corps from the 2018 Olympics, and one hell of a tendy trio.
  4. 2 points
    Murray’s stones are the reason I cringe a bit about him handling this rebuild. He’s usually the one giving up the player that goes on to be legitimate lol.
  5. 2 points
    I think Getzlaf will retire as a Duck. I think it's more important to him to not have to leave his family to play elsewhere, even if it affords him the chance at another Cup. Gibson's value will never be higher than it is right now. Clearly he's one of our best options to get something valuable in return. But he's also the one thing that is keeping the Ducks from an even worse place in the standings. He's wasting a promising career by continuing to play here though. If winning is important to him, he should be willing to accept a trade.
  6. 1 point
    I guess my position on rebuilds is that there’s a sweet spot. You sell of everyone for magic beans and they never sprout you’re the Oilers. You constantly put off rebuilding and flip your roster you’re somewhere in the Wild territory. I really don’t want to see BM absolutely strip this team. Our core isn’t that bad, when I look at Detroit. I understand why they dismantled everything, they didn’t have a stable core of players and had to get one via draft. We have a pretty good Top 4 D, Getzlaf still plays at a high level, Rakell, Silf, Henrique, and Gibson. Our issue is we have too many kids in the line up and that’s effected our ability to score on a consistent basis and defend. I don’t think we should be dismantling the entire team, we have a good amount of prospects that are shaping up to be decent, Zegras, Mahura is NHL ready. If we can add some 23-25 year old scoring talent to our Top 6 and like 2-3 of our kids pan out. I think we can be back in shape.
  7. 1 point
    The Ducks’ 4th round draft pick looked very solid for Harvard in last night’s game at Cornell, a 1-1 tie. My alma mater Cornell went into the game ranked #1 in the NCAA, and is one of the higher scoring teams in college hockey. Thrun’s solid defense played a big part in holding Cornell to only one goal that was scored on a 6 on 4 advantage late in the game.
  8. 1 point
    I know you didn’t just say that Gibson’s contract is bad....Gibson is still Gibson, he still keeps us in games, makes amazing stops consistently, and is young. Goalies don’t usually hit their prime until 28 and we have Gibson signed through is prime for 6.4 mill. That’s one of the best goaltender contracts out there. He’s behind an awful defense and a team in transition. We’re also getting our moneys worth out of Fowler this year. Lindholm might be better defensively, by Fowler is by far our most important defensemen on the roster.
  9. 1 point
    I think that would be an easy sell to ownership: Bob: "Henri and Susan, do you want to win another Stanley Cup?" H & S: "Yes, absolutely" Bob: "Great, then this is what needs to be done in order to do that sooner rather than later." *Note: This is not an endorsement of Murray being the right GM to execute the game plan. Eaves is off the books after this season and there is still no reason for me to believe that Kesler is going to be playing in another NHL game at this point. He coaches his son's hockey team so he could be skating just to be involved with that. Taking on a bad contract (i.e. Backes, which the Ducks were rumored to be looking into) for assets is what the Ducks should be doing if the are going into rebuild. The Ducks aren't likely to be contending for a couple of years anyway. Assuming the Garrioch reporting is accurate, then that seems to fall in line with what has been mentioned on these boards recently: anyone besides Getzlaf and Gibson could be on the trading block. Dostal has been great this season and I'd say is the best Ducks prospect overall after Zegras, but he's only 19 years old. I don't see him being NHL ready, let alone supplanting Gibson as the starter for a few more years, assuming he becomes that good. They haven't even brought him over to North America yet.
  10. 1 point
    I just don't get it. BM is "willing to take on bad contracts in exchange for draft picks"? I thought we already have a bunch of bad contracts that we stuck for years to come: Kesler, Eaves, Fowler; Gibson has 7 years left on his deal and he has been on sabbatical since the beginning of last year...while Lucas Dostal is NHL ready ad he is going to be a great goalkeeper. Can someone explain me how BM is going to sell this idea to the ownership? I hear the stories that Kesler started to skate again; what if he proclaims himself ready to go next season, how is the team going to accommodate his $7 mil salary? Perry's buyout next season will be near $6 mil. against the cap. Plus another bad contract on top of it? Wow...
  11. 1 point
    Arizona has Tocchet coaching the Pacific. I knew about Silfverberg opting out but I just assumed they'd replace him with another Duck. It's just weird to see a team excluded entirely from it when the league has a history of forcing players from the most undeserving teams to attend simply so everyone is represented. It's a pretty on-brand move by the league considering the cards the Ducks are always dealt. I'll take this over that insane penalty discrepancy we've had since the Pronger days every time though.
  12. 1 point
    who cares the ASG? better our injury-proned players stay out of that...
  13. 1 point
    John Gibson is OLD? did not 26 years of age is new over the Hill. As for holding onto the youth for the Ducks only time they trade IF as you say right offer comes around. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  14. 1 point
    Yes, firmly believed that Perry was going to be gone if he could not or would not improve his mobility and scoring chances. It might have been a retirement, that was my thinking. But his play was abysmal due to the beating that the NHL and refs allowed him to take night after night. Getz is a completely different story. It is difficult to believe that you don't see that.
  15. 1 point
    Who knows only one that will decide Getzlaf's Tenure with the Ducks is Getz himself. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  16. 1 point
    TBF, it looks like he's absolutely nailed the Gudbranson trade. But yeah, a Palmierian highway robbery would be awesome and would really accelerate the re-tool/re-build. btw, I just saw the Elliott Friedman mentioned in one of his December "31 Thoughts" that Anaheim has been one of the teams that has inquired in the past about Bennett. Good call on that one. Let's see if anything comes of it.
  17. 1 point
    I’m fine with that. Adding Anderson/Wennberg or maybe both could be huge. I’d really like to see a move like this. Wonder of BM has the stones to do what a couple of GMs have done to him. Take a chance on a young under performing kid and turn him into a legitimate player.
  18. 1 point
    Teams move in cycles and he is signed long term. This team was literally in the Western Conference finals less than 3 years ago. Hopefully in a few years they will be good again.
  19. 1 point
    Lukas Dostal has been amazing in the Finnish Elite league. I really hope he turns into our version of Elvis Merzlikins - a Columbus Blue Jacket goalie who came out of nowhere and now has one of the best GAA and save% in the league. As fs as Gibson, he has been so-so since signing a huge contract.
  20. 1 point
    IF that happens then I change my name to Homer Vader....Anyways whatever happens after All Star Break...Ducks need to get some good young Players to continue the Rejuvenation process of this team. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  21. 1 point
    Some guys I think could make some interesting trade targets. Erik Gustafsson: Had an amazing 2017/2018 year and cooled off a bit, but have heard some rumblings. 27 years old, maybe a bit older than than we want to shoot, but could round out our D core, also if we trade Manson well need another Dman. Sam Bennett: could be had for cheap, only 23, has had a relatively disappointing career. Perhaps a change of scenery could unlock that potential. Don’t know if Calgary trades in division, but interesting name. Josh Anderson: Had 27 glad and 47 pts in 17/18. Big body, Total Murray type kid, but 25 years old and looks to be around a 20-25 goal kind of guy. Shayne Gostisbehere: Im surprised how fast Philly has turned on this guy. He’s been a perennial 30/40pt guy and 60pt potential. Has been having a really rough year, but he’s a great skater and puck mover PP QB.
  22. 1 point
    Would love to have Gallant behind our bench, but Gallant is far too vocal with his opinions regarding personnel decisions, and that's never going to gel with GMBM's autocratic rule over this team. GMBM doesn't even let his head coaches pick their own assistants. I can't picture GMBM and Gallant working together.
  23. 0 points
    I would like that too...But I won't be surprise considering Bob's been passive on the trade Front. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
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