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  1. 12 points
  2. 12 points
    This was sent to my customer service contact: Kristen, Just making sure my account is such that I am not automatically renewed in February or whenever that is. I will make the decision on renewal closer to seat selection or whatever sort of later deadline there is. After Murray's statement followed by the trade, it is evident to me that management is not in tune with its customers. After the way the Samuelis didn't stand up for him publicly last year, I hope the Stars value what they have in him. My in-game experience continues to decline in the new year with people wandering all over the place during play and no apparent interest in stopping it via any announcement, video, etc. I guess the need to sell tickets results in a new type of crowd, so those of us "old-timers" (at 41) just become complainers and I guess are just holding on to hockey traditions that aren't important any longer. The decline in play and lack of addressing it also makes us visitors in our own arena, which really isn't fun, and sometimes doesn't feel safe with the apparent inability of vendors and security to recognize inebriation. I'd hate to throw away 12 years of support, but I don't even recognize the organization today, so it feels more like we just folded and the decision wasn't mine to make.
  3. 10 points
    He’ll clear then get hurt on the drive down to San Diego
  4. 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.
  5. 9 points
    He’s basically in a skills competition every game
  6. 9 points
    “We need to play a faster game.” trades one of the teams faster players...
  7. 9 points
    Shore has 17 points in 42 games, is 24, and costs less. Cogs wasn't very good at all this year. Going to miss him, but I like this trade for the Ducks.
  8. 9 points
    This makes a lot of sense in speaking to Fowler's issues. He's never been the most assertive player, but he looks incredibly tentative with the puck this season. He was always rated very highly in successful defensive zone exits. I haven't looked at the numbers, but he looks lost out there half the time. And his tentativeness kills any offensive momentum the Ducks might generate from a break out. It would make complete sense that it's a system thing, since I doubt Fowler forgot how to execute a breakout over the summer. Please fire Carlyle.
  9. 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
  10. 9 points
    1. This statement is absurd. One of the best GMs in the league, in my opinion, is Steve Yzerman, former player. He has put together an amazing squad in Tampa Bay and has set themselves up to be a powerhouse for years to come. Another former player who has done a phenomenal job in management is Ron Hextall out in Philly. Thanks to him (and a little bit of luck), Philly not only boasts a formidable, playoff contention squad, but one of the best prospect pools in the league. The GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins when they repeated as cup champs was former NHL goaltender, Jim Rutherford. The GM of the Vegas Knights, (you know the team that just made the Finals), and chief architect of the Washington Capitals (you know the Stanley Cup Champs)? Former player, George McPhee. Personally, I couldn't care less if my GM has had playing experience or not, but to make the argument that college graduates with economic majors are more successful than former players is baseless. 2. Since taking over in 2008, the Ducks have missed the playoffs twice (2009-2010, 2011-2012) in a 9 year span. In that 9 year span, the Ducks have won their division 5 times. It is frustrating that we haven't won a cup in over 10 years, but making the playoffs 7 out of 9 years and winning 5 division titles certainly makes your argument that his GM ability is poor, weak. You want to argue that the Ducks need a new voice or direction, fine...that is certainly worthy of a discussion. You want to highlight recent mistakes made by BM, fine, they certainly deserve attention. Poor GMing as a whole? I think that is just a lazy argument when it comes to the whole body of work. 3. I can't wait to hear you defend this statement. Please explain how it is embarrassing to be a Ducks fan. I know Luke Schenn has an ugly mug, but c'mon. You think it is embarrassing to be a Ducks fan? How do you think Edmonton, Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, Montreal, OTTAWA, Vancouver just to name a few feel after recent seasons? Those situations should bring true embarrassment to certain fan bases. 4. Going to call you out again here. Please cite a source where BM says that rookies need to be HAZED (pretty strong word here btw) in order to make it to the big show. 5. What the heck are you even talking about now? First off, BM doesn't decide lineup cards so strike one. Second, please name the rookies last year who were NHL ready and held back by BM's "old school of thought and hazing." Third, in case you haven't noticed, almost our entire top 4 defensive corp are home grown and came from our system. I saw plenty of times last season RC give Montour a humongous leash when it came to rushing the offensive zone and did not try to limit his speed. Before that, he did the same thing with Vatanen. For all of his faults, and Carlyle has A LOT of them, one thing that he deserves credit and not criticism is how he has developed our young defensemen in the system. Oh, you are probably just focusing on the forwards for your narrow argument. Yeah...Carlyle has REEEALLY held back on Rakell and Kase. Instead of playing on the top line, 1st PP, and 3 on 3, maybe Rakell should be playing 30 minutes a night and also put on some pads and give Gibson a break here and there. For Pete's sake, Kase got PROMOTED several times during the season when Perry went ice cold for stretches and had way more OT time than several veterans on the team. If you are talking about Nick Ritchie, I hate to say it but speed and enthusiasm are two words that probably won't be associated with him much during his career. Kevin Roy? Didn't really prove much except against the St. Louis Blues, but they extended his contract last week so it appears they want to give him another chance? Andy Welinski? Same situation. Seriously, I want to know which rookies or young players have been held back because of our "plow horse" tendencies.
  11. 8 points
    The buyout works in Perry’s favor. If I were him, I would have outright refused a trade, and pushed them to either keeping me no or forcing the buyout option. It’s a business on the player side too. I think he makes more salary this way and controls where he wants to sign. I wish Perry nothing but the best.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 8 points
    Just hope that I don't somehow get traded to a different message board, but with all the trades I wouldn't be surprised...
  15. 8 points
    I really don’t think we should move any of our top 4 Defensemen. Lindholm is a Norris caliber defensemen. I refuse to believe he just regressed Along with Fowler Manson and Montour. If we trade our top 4 because our coach sucks I’m done. I will not watch this team become the oilers
  16. 8 points
    And I'm glad we picked up another guy who gets the snot kicked out of him in possession. Let's have the puck even less! I'm sure that's the answer.
  17. 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.
  18. 7 points
    They got Brian Burke on Sportsnet talking about how you always draft the best player available and all I can think of is Logan MacMillan
  19. 7 points
    Not so fast. Once upon a time, I was also in favor of giving Beleskey a 4 x $4M contract with a partial NTC.... Being a GM is way harder than it looks from the comfort of my couch.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 7 points
    Even the message boards wanted to tank
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 7 points
    Playoffs? Jim Mora comes to mind.
  27. 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 !!
  28. 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.
  29. 7 points
    This "aging" thing is making me laugh. Cogliano is 31 and may be the best conditioned athlete in the entire league. I'll bet anyone here that Cogliano plays more NHL games than Shore does from here on out. Probably score more goals than him too.
  30. 7 points
    Cogs is snakebit in scoring, but was the only one able to keep up with the faster teams, stealing pucks, forechecking, creating opportunities for others. Not everything goes on a scoresheet. I feel so weird. I have accelerated all the way past rage to quiet acceptance, with zero interest in watching anymore. Even if this trade becomes successful from a player/points point of view, the level of "tone deaf" required to pull it off after a statement saying you'll keep the coach is just mind-boggling. If you thought the fans are heard here, it is confirmed that they are not.
  31. 7 points
    Those playoffs have nothing to do with his recent play. But you tried to shoot down Gotchabari's point by writing that he only played well until the all-star break in 2017 and hasn't played well since then. That's simply not true. He was tremendous shadowing McDavid in the series against the Oilers and he also held Monahan/Gaudreau to zero E/S points in the 4-game sweep. Yes, Elliot was atrocious in that Calgary series, but the first 3 games were decided by one goal and if not for Kesler doing his thing against the Flames top line that series could have been much different too. So I don't think you can just dismiss Gotcha's point about making a WCF in his first year of the extension. Kesler was a HUGE reason we got there. No Kesler, no WCF in 2017. That seems pretty obvious to me. As far as his recent history goes (i.e. those +/- stats people are pointing at), I blame RC for that. As I mentioned in the earlier post, Kesler is currently experiencing the highest percentage of D-zone starts of his entire career, even more than his Selke finalist seasons. IMO, that's crazy for a guy who is still rebuilding strength in a reconstructed hip. And it's not like Kesler is tapping himself on the helmet every time there's a defensive zone draw against the opponents' top lines. RC is doing that. RC is grinding Kesler right now. He did last season after Kesler returned from surgery too. How many nights off did Kesler get last season, even after we clinched a playoff spot? I could be off by one, but believe the answer is "none." It's hard to think that the current workload RC is piling on him will be sustainable over 82 games plus playoffs (if we get in), but the Keslord will keep grinding and taking pressure off Getz and Rico for as long as his body will let him. That's just who he is. That may not be good for Kesler's numbers (which will also make his contract look bad), but its good for the team. And I think that's really all he cares about.
  32. 7 points
    As someone who is from the east region. I can promise you this and this promise is to all Ducks Fans. I will keep eye on him and how well he does as I am doing with Morand and Groulx along with Drew. It's important to know and I will do it for you guys.. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  33. 7 points
    Honestly I don't ever remember being this indifferent about whether I should watch a game or not. I've watched 99% of our games over the past decade, but I really have no enthusiasm about watching this team this season. You know what you are going to get - uninspired, predictable, boring hockey from a team that cannot string more than 2 passes together in a row without turning over the puck.
  34. 7 points
    Here's what you do. Subscribe to cable TV and make sure your provider carries Prime Ticket and FSW. You will see Gibson steal about 15 games a season. You kidding me? How many games did he stand on his head last year and make over 40 saves a game while the team in front of him looked like their heads and bodies were in Lala Land? I actually felt sorry for the guy last year. Refresh my memory......how many times was Gibby the #1 star last season?
  35. 7 points
    This was always going to be a tough sell for Bob... BM: Sure he led us in TOI during the playoffs, but Monty only has 1 1/2 seasons of NHL experience for us. We can't really gauge his full value! Arbitrator: He's 24. Why didn't you call him up sooner to get a good look at him? BM: Because we had Kevin Biek..... oh. Well, he went 50 straight games last season without scoring a goal! Arbitrator: Who is your coach? BM: Arbitrator: I should give him an extra million just for that.
  36. 6 points
    He has two cups in the past 8-9 years. Everyone was so gung-ho about Quenneville who had 3 cups during the same time frame, what’s so bad about Sutter advising. He’s not an assistant or associate, he’s an advisor.
  37. 6 points
    According finnish newspaper Hämeen Sanomat, finnish defensman Jani Hakanpaa has signed with Anaheim Ducks 1 year, one way deal. https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/45342/jani-hakanpaa Hakanpaa was selected by the St.Louis Blues in the 4th round (104th overall) of the 2010 Entry Draft. He played in his native Finland for the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Elite League (Liiga) 2011-2012. During his 2012- stint with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL he registered one goal and three assists in fourteen games. At the completion of his entry-level deal with the Blues, Hakanpaa opted to return to Finland signing a two-year contract with Liiga club, Oulun Kärpät on 2 July 2015. He won two titles in Kärpät. .. That's for general information. Here is what I think: Kärpät is my hometown's team. Jani is very physical player and never step out for battles in corners. Very nasty to play against. He is very good in offensive side of the game too. He shoots hard and products continually something good in offensive zone. If you think reference, he might be good replacement for Sami Vatanen. Kärpät have played last 2 years very offensive, NHL-style hockey if you will, and Hakanpaa has done it very well. Of course we still waiting for final announcement for this, but it is 99% likely that Hakanpaa will join Ducks next season. Could be potentially in top-6 defensemen.
  38. 6 points
    called it! March 15th!
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 6 points
    I know you hate Fowler, but these comparisons are absolutely comical.
  49. 6 points
    What you are talking about is hardly "damning." There's a lot more nuance to the discussion than that. And one thing I'll never understand is people on a fan comment board wondering why fans are making comments about things the team does. That's the stated purpose of this website. The Ducks made a trade, which is a relatively rare occurrence, even if it's a minor one. I'd quibble with that, since any move that affects the NHL roster is important, but no, this isn't Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris. However, Matt Duchene-level trades shouldn't be the bar to clear for having a discussion. Why come to this site if we're not going to dissect moves like this? As for the trade itself, from a purely player personnel standpoint, I like the move a lot. It's a low ceiling d-man (which are easy to find and the Ducks already have in spades) for a high ceiling forward (something the Ducks don't have a lot of). However, from a roster fit standpoint, particularly under the current coach, I have some concerns. All of the red flags with Sprong, and the reason he's available in the first place, are potentially going to continue to be issues in Anaheim. First, he's not good in the defensive end, which is something our current coach is not very tolerant of. Which brings us to the second thing, which is that Carlyle tends to drop players to the 4th line who aren't putting in the effort on the defensive end, and Sprong reportedly struggled with a lack of playing time and chances to play with offensively skilled players. Maybe we solve that by dropping Aberg or Kase to the 4th line. Yes, I do consider it wasteful to decrease the minutes and opportunity for offensively skilled and currently producing players on a team that's hurting for offense. Maybe Carlyle has a plan to rotate these guys and get them all some time with the scoring lines, in which case, great. Or maybe there will come a day when Carlyle rolls four scoring lines. But it's hardly out of line or "damning" to raise those questions as potential roadblocks to Sprong reaching his potential. Whether or not you think the deal is a good one, I will say again, where are we supposed to analyze it if not here? If you're not interested in the analysis, then feel free not to read it.
  50. 6 points
    I wake up every morning hoping that Carlyle has been fired only to be disappointed every damn day.
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