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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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 6 points
    Hate to see Monty go but it's a real good deal for us. A first round pick plus a decent prospect.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 6 points
    I know you hate Fowler, but these comparisons are absolutely comical.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 5 points
    Screw the Sharks.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 5 points
    Two Getzlaf led teams have quit on Carlyle. That’s not a great display of leadership IMO.
  22. 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.
  23. 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....
  24. 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!!!!
  25. 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.
  26. 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".
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 5 points
    I hope Anaheim is considering a coaching and GM change in the off season. Murray protecting his buddy Carlyle for the rest of the season is total incompetence.
  30. 5 points
    Is it? Does anyone think this is a good system? Letting our goalies get rubber poisoning every game while scoring two goals (maybe)? If that's a good system, so is my workout plan of lifting a beer to my mouth every two minutes and hoping it will get me in shape.
  31. 4 points
    Very happy with this. Miller for obvious reasons. Grantzlaf because he just fits this team so well as depth C. And Holzer because I think he is going to help the whole team adjust to Eakins. Eakins was Holzer's coach with the Gulls and with the Toronto Marlies, so he knows Eakins very well. Holzer is a perfect 7/8 D-man for this team too. Knows his role, accepts his role, and plays his role with max effort every time out. Great teammate also. He'll be the first to stand up for Steel and Terry if any opponents try to bully them. Happy to have him back.
  32. 4 points
    I still have a beef with BM trading the leading goal scorer from the previous playoff run in DSP for a guy who mailed in every one of his playoff games and then had the nerve to trash talk the organization on his way out. Adding Vermette a few years before he became a 4th line neutral zone faceoff circle enforcer would've been nice too. The biggest mistake of the 14/15 season IMO was still letting Perreault walk without even qualifying him. Okay, second biggest mistake cause I'm still trying to forget Anaheim Duck Wisniewski ever existed. The 2016 team was the real missed opportunity. Top defensive team in the league, magical midseason turnaround, smart deadline additions, and great goaltending only to get wrecked by injuries before running into a lanky stack of horseshoes in net who only seems to show up for playoff matchups against Anaheim. I think they could've easily gotten past the Sharks and Blues that year if their domination in that game 7 translated to the scoreboard.
  33. 4 points
    I can't believe I just screamed YES at the top of my lungs for a freaking Dallas Stars goal. This would be the dirtiest I've ever felt in my life if it wasn't for the fact that they eliminated the biggest disgrace in hockey after only 6 games I don't even think I care about what happens from here on out. This was the best possible ending for such a lame year of hockey. Trash is gone and it's beautiful. So much for that insurmountable home ice advantage. Best defence in the league? Vezina calibre goalie? Maybe if you want to hang up another joke western conference regular season champions banner at the end of the season. I hope they end up getting poked by all the catfish after they end up making a total mockery of the golf links the same way they do with a hockey rink and have to reach into the water to retrieve their balls.
  34. 4 points
    I promised myself I wouldn't watch a second of that trash series in Dallas before it started but I saw the score towards the end and figured it was a good time to tune in and see some mustard tears. I watched maybe 2 minutes and the first thing I see is Captain Joke-e slash a Star and place a weak fly-by crosscheck into his lower back before skating away from the scrum he started and towards the refs like he did nothing. Meanwhile his stupid little garden gnome of a defence partner came in to grab the Dallas player's stick so he could toss it to the ice like he's some tough guy. I didn't see who the Dallas player was but he was just shaking his head and laughing in their faces. I have no idea how nobody has even tried putting those two morons in check yet. They're such an embarrassment they can make Doughty look like a saint on ice by comparison. I regret everything.
  35. 4 points
    What is good luck and where can we buy some?? Can't believe I might actually end up cheering for Dallas in the first round if they go up against Calgary. I didn't watch all of Friday's game and it was a blocked shot so I doubt it was anything aside from a freak incident but Giordano already has enough blood on his hands. Shame the Ducks Are Not Playoff Bound™ cause the Flames are waste incapable of winning in Anaheim and I'll never get tired of seeing them get eliminated.
  36. 4 points
    I'm still not understanding the idea that we need to finish strong. The next game the Ducks will play that counts won't be for 6 Full Months. There's zero chance of any carryover effect, not to mention there will be a brand new coach, and several new players, so how well they're playing this coming week is completely meaningless in the big picture. The only thing that makes sense is that each player wants to play well, and not sacrifice their future prospects by showing signs of quitting or playing poorly. That is a constant. But in 180 days, there is nobody, not even those on this board, who are going to remember how the Ducks finished the final week of this disaster of a season. Finishing in the bottom 5 is no guarantee of any success in choosing their pick wisely, but it certainly is a big advantage having more players to choose from.
  37. 4 points
    True. We won in 07’ because we lucked out better than any team in 03’ draft, which is the best draft class in NHL history. Also because we had one of the best defenseman of all-time’s brother and another HOF defenseman who’s alleged dalliances forced him out out of Edmonton. The Ducks had to have all of that fall in place to win then and I’m not counting on them to be that level of fortunate again. I want the highest pick possible as a hedge against not the lottery. I agree that Murray fired Carlyle way too late. He should have been fired at least two months earlier or kept him through the season. It’s funny because he made it to where fans were angry/demoralized because of how awful the team was and weren’t winning, to a healthy shift of fans being upset that they are winning now and hurting ours draft odds. Good thing that we are saddled with him for 3 more years. I’m putting more of my hopes on getting the St. Louis pick since they are more likely to finish closer to 20th and will also have a very hard first round match up against Winnipeg or Nashville. Plus, even if they win that series, the draft slots don’t change until after the second round. On top of crushing us last year, the Sharks also had the better pick.
  38. 4 points
    Show me any player who will say otherwise when the coach is ALSO the guy who pays you.
  39. 4 points
    How long have you been following BM at free agency? Do you ever remember when he went for the best available player? He usually stays calm for the first 3-4 days of free agency, then signs some no-name 4th line NHL/AHL-borderline player.
  40. 4 points
    I think it's best for all of us if this Thread is Closed...all Ducks Fans know from Orange County and elsewhere Ducks are not going to make the Playoffs due in the state they are in. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  41. 4 points
    Ok, let's not forget that since joining the team Silf is 2nd of points produced during the playoffs...second behind only Getzlaf. I wouldn't exactly say this is terrible. He has a value and skill. He hasn't been the problem.
  42. 4 points
    I feel the Ducks will be back next season (hopefully with a top-5 pick if not more...) It's tough to look at the team right now and think they can be good as is...but I feel that with Kase coming back from injury, Perry being healthy from training camp on (yes, I think he brings more positive than negative, even next season), some young guys come up (some combo of terry, comtois, lunderstrom, steel, jones), and a NEW coach at the helm to use the defense in a proper way/system...this team can be competitive as soon as next season. These aren't bad players. Which is tough to remember right now, I know. They are just grossly being misused. Yes the older guys are getting older...but they still have things to provide. Kesler might have to think long and hard about his play though... :\ But that's one guy. Rico and Getzlaf are still going to be affective players. And that's just looking realistically, if you ask me. In my wish-list world...we'd get rid of Wilford/Morrison too and bring in some new assistant coaches along with a new head coach. We aren't your classic bad team...we have an abundance of good players doing things wrong.
  43. 4 points
    The point is Bieksa should never have even been offered a contract. He was never going to regain his offensive output as his early days in Vancouver and at 5mil per year with a NMC was just lunacy. Never mind hindsight, it was foresight that should have been taken into consideration.
  44. 4 points
    The last chance we had of the playoffs was Kase going down injured our speed and energy from that spark plug will be sorely missed .
  45. 4 points
    Cogs losing streak is over. Dallas 4, Winnepeg 2
  46. 4 points
  47. 4 points
    No thank you to RC and no thank you to BM.
  48. 4 points
  49. 4 points
    I know what you're saying here, but I can't help but think back to Boudreau installing the trap in December 2015, thereby changing this team from a last place disappointment to a Jennings trophy winner in less than 3.5 months. BB made that system change basically over a holiday weekend, and he was able to pull it off in such a short span of time because the players bought in and did the work necessary to make the change. A good coach will get his players to buy in and do the work. A bad coach won't. I agree with the posters who are pointing out the positioning issues and effort/passion issues. It's not that these players can't play faster, its just that the players aren't buying in to what RC is trying to make them do. This "speed" change thing isn't about skating faster (which we can't do). It's about moving the puck faster (which we can, but aren't). I don't know if RC has lost the dressing room or not, but they certainly look like a clown show on the ice. Everyone keeps banging on the defenders, but I think the forwards are where the problems lie the most. Our forwards look completely lost in all three zones, to the point where our defenders don't even now if they have puck support for breakout passes or whether they have help from back-checkers. Nobody trusts anyone out there on the ice right now to be in the right spot or to make the right play, and I don't know how you can look anywhere but right at the entire coaching staff for blame.
  50. 4 points
    Except the rookies aren't the ones struggling the most, so that theory goes out the window.
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