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  1. 6 points
    The Athletic came out with their ranking of all 32 starting G in the league, and Gibson was #5. Basically saying a star G on a crappy team. I'll never understand those that continually bash him. Thankfully others know his real value.
  2. 5 points
    I can just see those conversations during offseason planning. GMBM: "Okay, who are we talking about next? Assistant: "Mathieu Perreault" GMBM: "He had a decent season last year, but we just picked up Kesler, we've got Rakell coming up, just let him go." Assistant: "Maybe we should ask the analytics guy what he thinks?" Everyone laughs. GMBM: "Alright, fine, bring in the nerdboy!" The assistant opens a cage in the corner and drags out a haggard looking man in chains. GMBM: "Ok, nerdboy, what do YOU think of Mathieu Perreault?" Analyst: "Actually, sir, he was really good for us. His Corsi and Fenwick numbers were some of the highest on the team which tells you how good his puck possession was, his scoring per minute at even strength was fantastic, and I've compiled some offensive zone entry figures that would..." Someone shoots a spitwad at him. It misses. Everyone laughs anyway. GMBM: "Corsi and Fenwick? I think I tried to trade for those two guys several years ago. Good faceoff numbers. But I don't think they're relevant to this conversation. Perrault would be our third or fourth line center. He's 5'10. How would that work when he's trying to defend the slot?" Analyst: "Well, he's not the best at that, admittedly, but the data show that his neutral zone passing is good and he spends so much time with the puck in the offensive zone that..." Assistant, mockingly: "He's not the best at that, he says! What a joke! Who wants third or fourth line centers for their OFFENSE? Come on." GMBM: "I've heard enough. Take nerdboy back to his cage and put a TV over there somewhere so he can actually WATCH a game once in a while." Analyst: "Actually, I watch every game. That's how I compiled the zone entry statistics since you won't let me have a computer with the internet." GMBM: "Here's a calculator. Have fun. We're cutting Perreault. [to everyone else] Let's talk about some possible free agent pickups. I heard Minnesota isn't going to re-sign Stoner. Did you see the picture of him when he killed that bear? Now THERE'S a guy we want defending the slot. A four-year deal sounds about right." Analyst: [whimpers softly]
  3. 4 points
    Nothing. Out of almost 100 players waived, 6 were claimed, and none of those 6 appeared to be anything special. Just filling in injuries or AHL vacancies. It's the same thing we say every year (and forget)... waivers when establishing rosters isn't the same a waiver in the season. They are all just transactional and no teams really want to mess with another team.
  4. 4 points
    Yeah, the 8th year is always a benefit to the current team, as it should be. I'm hoping that the Ducks don't do too many more 8-year contracts for 27 to 28-year-olds, but in Lindholm's case, with where the roster currently sits, I think it would be a good move, even if they end up overpaying for the last 2-3 years of that deal, like Perry/Getzlaf. ALSO, I'm hoping that the Ducks see the new trend, and, if warranted, DO NOT bridge Zegras/Drysdale/McTavish, but sign them to 8-year contracts when they are 21-22, not 27 or 28.
  5. 4 points
    Do you really think that Pateryn is as good as Fleury? Pateryn is 30, has been awful his entire career, and is right-handed (when we have three right-handers who are already guaranteed spots in the lineup). Fleury played well with the team last year, still has some upside left, and is left-handed. Neither have been point producers, but Fleury's possession stats are light years ahead of Pateryn's. Fleury is a good 3rd pairing defenseman, with the ability to play second pairing minutes if needed. Pateryn is an AHL player or 7th d-man on a bad team, at best. The "God status" is an absurd strawman. No one thought he was God. It doesn't matter why we acquired Fleury or for whom. Once we had him, it was up to Murray to make the best use of him. But instead of seeing that he would be a valuable asset to the team this year, he stuck with his original plan and left him exposed over several worse players. That's like picking up a rock and using it to hold down a tarp, finding out the rock is a precious metal, and then tossing the rock away after you're done using it to hold down the tarp because that's all you wanted it for. It's bad asset management, which has been a hallmark of Murray the last five years.
  6. 4 points
    Larsson on waivers. About time lol!
  7. 4 points
    I have no desire to be on any of those platforms. I'm not on Instagram or Snapchat or Tik Tok and I visit Facebook about once a week. I enjoy intelligent discussion, which is why I come here. I have found that most of those places don't have much constructive discourse.
  8. 3 points
    If he goes 5 x $8, then he would need a 3-year $14M contract ($4.67 AAV) contract at age 33 to equal the contract value of an 8 x $6.75M contract from Anaheim. Doable in theory, but he would be really betting on himself to stay healthy and productive while playing the hardest minutes. I think that's a risky bet for someone to expect that a team will give him $4.67M per season at age 33 as a free agent who doesn't score a ton of points (~.38 ppg). The Rakell thing is worrisome to me. If I were running the show, I'd be trading Manson and re-signing Rakell and Lindholm. I see a ton of utility in keeping Rakell and Lindholm, but virtually none in Manson at this point.
  9. 3 points
    1. There is a shortage of good UFAs available every summer. That's why teams overpay for them. It's basic supply and demand. 2. Here's the list of LHD UFAs next summer. If it's so easy to replace Lindholm, do it. Who's your guy? https://www.capfriendly.com/browse/free-agents/2023/caphit/all/defense/ufa/desc/left 3. Even when there are good defensemen available in UFA, they NEVER come to Anaheim unless they are being given too much money or too much term. Unless you think Clayton Stoner, Bryan Allen, and Sheldon Souray were appropriately compensated. 4. The reason to re-sign Lindholm is because the Ducks will need a competent defense to shepherd their young players. If management strips down this defense to the studs and they go into an even worse downward spiral, we're officially the Sabres East. Then it's then just a matter of time before Zegras, McTavish, and Drysdale do their best Duck impressions of Eichel, Reinhart, and Ristolainen by getting the flock outta here.
  10. 3 points
    And thank God we exposed Fleury, otherwise Seattle might have selected Volkov or Milano.
  11. 3 points
    At his best, I think Gibson is better than both Giguere and Hebert. That said, Giguere would go on these hot streaks (particularly in the playoffs) when he would be unreal. I'll never forget his series against Detroit in 2003. Hebert was solid and had some great moments of his own, but I don't think he was as good as the other two, even at his best. If the Ducks can turn things around and get Gibson some help, I think he'll end up having a better Ducks career than Jiggy and Guy. But if the team continues to be putrid after this season, I think Gibson will be gone and that will leave him just short.
  12. 3 points
    I'd still take Giguere over any other ducks goalie....guy was CLUTCH. Especially in the playoffs. His playoff OT record is insane... I can't find the stat to confirm, but its "a lot of wins" and 1 loss It's not Gibson's fault we didn't go all the way in 2017 (ugh...fraking bad-goal-Bernier)....but he was injured. He needs to find a way to stop getting injured...(as someone who constantly gets injured playing soccer...id also like to know how to do this lol)
  13. 3 points
    I hate the Gibson haters.
  14. 3 points
    You beat me to it. Also, this was not a group of writers ranking guys, although they had some input; this ranking was based on a poll of GMs, players, coaches, and other hockey insiders. John Gibson is considered a top 5 goalie in the game by people who matter in the game. He's really good. https://theathletic.com/2874600/2021/10/11/nhl-goalie-tiers-2021-22-anonymous-panel-of-gms-and-coaches-rates-all-32-starters/
  15. 3 points
    I've never seen a team in hockey make giving up a 2-3 goal lead look so common. It's incredible at just how bad of a coach Dallas Eakins is and he's still getting work. He never won anything in the AHL and is a pathetic 83-126-12 in the NHL.
  16. 3 points
    I don't really know if posting 'Fowler is soft, he should be traded' in every single topic is really 'constructive criticism'.
  17. 3 points
    Each time I write some constructive criticism about Fowler, a few JoeSchmos (either his blind die-heart fans or some relatives) put HAHA face under my comment. Doesn't matter, I repeat again: he DOES NOT play to his expectations. Good luck trading him, though. As far as Lindholm, I see discussions going on here whether he'll resign or leave via free agency. If his agent wants crazy money, let him go somewhere else. He is a "better" D-man on terrible defensive corps, but not a difference maker who'll lead this team to the second round of playoffs
  18. 3 points
    Should have fired the GM!
  19. 3 points
    To answer your point about why not Swedish or Finnish league, the Swiss league is generally the highest paid league. They can pay foreign star players 750K-2M contracts, and many former NHLers play there (Winnik has played in Geneva for the last few year where Vatanen is now), and large majority of NHLers played there during the lockout. Plus the Swiss league has more lenient rules in terms of international contracts, and more leniency with NHL players breaking contracts to move to the NHL midseason I believe. In terms of not taking a PTO contract, Vatanen is too good to even have to go to that route. Right now he is basically just staying in shape until an NHL team has a major injury in defense. He'll be signed by December. At least he's getting paid a decent contract while keeping in shape, whereas PTOs you're busting your butt off without a financial contract. I follow the Swiss league and he has like 2G 2A in his first 2 games. And it's not uncommon to see former older NHL players without contracts start in the Swiss league only to move to the NHL with a contract 4-6 weeks into the season. I've seen this happen every year. This is the reality of the salary cap era where teams prioritize the top players and younger cheaper contracts, and fringe players just have to wait it out. It's even more difficult now for Fringe players with the flat cap over the next couple years due to the pandemic.
  20. 3 points
    It's not for me. I've gone over there a few times when people have linked to Twitter threads that interest me, but I've never found the format satisfying (too brief, poor grammar and spelling, too reactionary, etc.). I also very rarely read anything on my phone unless it's a novel I'm reading on the Kindle app. And I'm not interested at all in commenting there. Twitter seems to be designed for mobile users and I consume 98% of written internet/online content via computer. To be honest, I've quit several message boards in which I used to participate because that sort of discourse has begun to permeate many internet forums. A gif or image used properly in the right circumstance can be hilarious; however, I seem to think the "right circumstance" occurs far less often than most seem to. I won't read the comments of anyone who refuses to use capital letters or at least attempt proper punctuation. I do appreciate the use of videos when appropriate, but those can be embedded in most message boards now. I like interacting with people with whom I share common interests. It's why I've stuck around here. I enjoy the interaction much better when it's measured, rational discourse. And I know that I've participated in my share of petty arguments and have been a pain at times, although I try to provide logic for my positions and I'm trying to be friendlier and less condescending in my disagreements.
  21. 3 points
    Lehner is a great example of chaotic good.
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
    If Gibson wants to be traded, he needs to improve his overall performance. GM's around the league are closely watching his performance; they also aware about his contract numbers. Nobody cares about distant past history, they more concerned on how he performed the last 2-3 years. For Gibson to increase his trade value, he needs to have a great season this year and stop allowing soft goals almost every other game. As far as Fowler, the same issue: it won't be easy to move him contract as well, IMHO.
  24. 2 points
    They have people who you can hire as well. They’ll teach you how to be less condescending .
  25. 2 points
    Pretty much. Solomon also might have put in his $.02.
  26. 2 points
    Grant and Pateryn on waivers. They play him the most minutes of any F last night and then waive him. Classic.
  27. 2 points
    Wow, Brady Tkachuk signs for seven years, $8.2 million per year. That's an awful lot for a guy who's scored at a .65 ppg pace over his three-year career, and hasn't gotten more productive since his rookie season. I know there's still potential there, and we have to take the COVID seasons with a grain of salt, but it seems like Ottawa really has to overpay to keep these guys around. I don't blame them - they had to do this as part of their rebuild (and they can afford to), but it's going to make negotiations with some of their other guys more difficult down the road, assuming they blossom into stars. For all the flak I give Murray, he's usually handled RFA negotiations really well. It will be interesting to see if it's any different now that Solomon is here.
  28. 2 points
    I think the fact that none of the players BM acquired in the last year and a half were deemed worthy enough to protect in the expansion draft says more. Just going through the motions over here.
  29. 2 points
    The difference between $6.75M at 8 years and $7.25M at 7 years is also $3.25M. If he's interested in the money, he'll take the longer contract with the Ducks, since he knows that the chances of him getting $3.25M on a 35+ contract to make up the difference are very small.
  30. 2 points
    lol of course Heinen scores the opening goal of the season....lol
  31. 2 points
    I agree with a lot of what you have said. I would be incredibly surprised if McTavish makes it past his 9 games before going back to Juniors. I don't think Terry and Getzlaf have shown much chemistry to speak of, but where else do we slot Terry in? Fingers crossed this is the year that Terry really breaks out. I was talking to a buddy of mine here in Edmonton who is a Sabres fan. He is hoping that if Eichel goes to Anaheim that Terry is in the package back the other way. There's a lot of love for this kid around the league because his underlying numbers are great. Now he just has to put it all together and start scoring on a regular basis. I hope Drysdale stays with Lindholm. The other pairs don't matter all that much IMO. Since we know Fowler and Manson don't really work, I would be fine with Fowler-Shatt and Mahura-Manson as the other pairs. Pateryn is basically Holzer. He's the 7th d-man that only plays a game every 2 weeks if everyone is healthy.
  32. 2 points
    I think it is quite incredible that only THREE players on the opening night roster came to the team via trade (Henrique, Silf, Deslauries).
  33. 2 points
    They'll miss him when hes gone. He's easily the best goalie in franchise history. Sadly he's paired with the worst gm in the league and the worst head coach in league history.
  34. 2 points
    Ben Bishop turns 35 in November, missed all of last season due to knee surgery, and has been placed on LTIR to start this season. Dallas also has 35-year-old Anton Khudobin and a probably washed-up Brayden Holtby (also a pending UFA) as their depth. For a team in their Cup window, I can't imagine they're feeling great about their netminding situation for this season plus the next 2-3. And while MAF was ranked 3rd on that list, he does turn 37 in November. Is Chicago planning to ride him until he's 39/40? Kuemper (Colorado) is also a pending UFA and he could price himself right out of the Avs' plans (just like Grubauer did) if they have a great year defensively. Or if he struggles and goaltending looks like the weak link in the chain, Gibby would be a natural fit there. Assuming this season goes south again, and if Gibby has a solid Olympics, I think a trade to Dallas, Chicago, Colorado, or Edmonton next summer makes a ton of sense if the Ducks aren't going to proactively build a better team around him.
  35. 2 points
    Bobby Ryan has been released from his PTO with the wings. Would you consider signing him for league minimum to a one year contract? I think he's still a decent enough forward that we could flip at the deadline for picks. And he could still put the puck in the net.
  36. 2 points
    Instead of chasing broken-necked forward with crazy salary, I would rather wait this season and preserve some money for next summer, when several young RFA may be potentially available. Kaapo Kakko, for example. Rangers will be against salary cap, and for our team to make a qualifying offer for this talented forward would make a good sense.
  37. 2 points
    Zegras and Eichel would be a dynamic duo that would finally make this team relevant again. I really hope we bring in this kid.
  38. 2 points
  39. 2 points
    Maybe. Or we get to see McTavish-Groulx-Carrick as the 4th line? I don't think Grant is a lock yet for that 4C spot with Groulx and Steel still in camp. I also still don't understand the hype for Milano. His game looks like a cross between Emerson Etem and Jiri Sekac to me. There are certainly tools there, but also giant holes. And 22 career goals by age 25 doesn't make me think we'll miss him.
  40. 2 points
    Hey I get it, I'm on board buuuut.... this is still the preseason. Let's not go too overboard here. Obviously the defensive decline has been dramatic. The crazy thing is that around that 15-16 season we were considered to have one of the top defensive corps in the nhl. There was talks about how young they were and the crazy potential they could still grow into. What happened?! I mean we see the signs but other than a serious mismanagement of player personnel why would we drop this fast? Bob once had a deep defensive pool and now we're stuck with Shatty and Larsson. Maybe the reason why players like Fowler are a lot worse is because their D partners suck and they have to cover for their job too. Get some better players and I guarantee you that Fowler will be praised again. Look at Gudbranson, he at least was fine as a D partner for Fowler, where is he now? Gone. Gone gone gone everyone gone. But hey we can take solace in the fact that Larsson is still here! Yeay!🙄
  41. 2 points
    Ducks passing on Kaliyev will haunt this franchise for years. Absolute bonehead decision to pass on this kid.
  42. 2 points
    We'll have to see if the shortened seasons have added mileage to Getzlaf and also if he wants to continue playing. His comments after re-signing about Bob "filling holes" in the roster made it sound like he was expecting additions to the team. If nothing is added, I'd be surprised to see him return for 2022-23. Adding Eichel may extend him in a 4C role for another 2-3+ seasons though, which I would be thrilled with. So that's yet another reason to add Eichel. They're piling up!
  43. 2 points
    I could even see that if Eichel doesn't play this season at least it would give some guys like Gibby another season to wait and see until he comes back because he'd be an instant boost to our offense. He could be a really good reason for guys to want to stick around. I also don't get why some keep thinking we need to move on from Lindholm and Gibby. If Lindholm refuses to sign a good deal then sure trade him. But if we lose those guys, we might as well forget about the playoffs for the next 5 to 6 years. If anyone doubts that Gibby is capable, look no furthur than our last preseason game. He basically stole that win for us.
  44. 2 points
    Ben Hutton signed to a PTO lol. I give up…again
  45. 2 points
    According to him , Buffalo ruined his ankle surgery and the follow up rehab. I like seeing the league and others being held accountable. This league has been notorious when it comes to transparency. Good on him .
  46. 2 points
    Here is, unsolicited, a representative, but by no means complete, list of players I'd like to see start over Jacob Larsson at LD: Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Josh Mahura, Brendan Guhle, Kodie Curran, Simon Benoit, Scott Niedermayer, Sandis Ozolinsh, Trevor Zegras, Bobby Orr, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, my grandmother, Bryan Allen, Bono, your grandmother, the Pope, Dionne Warwick, Deion Sanders, and Dion Phaneuf. In roughly that order. Please, Eakins, no Larsson.
  47. 2 points
    It's no secret that I think both Murray and Eakins have to go. However, Eakins gets back on my good side with this quote in Stephens' latest piece at The Athletic. Music to my ears. I give Eakins until the first time he plays Jacob Larsson in the regular season before I think bad thoughts about him.
  48. 2 points
    I'd want him gone if he didn't feel this way. He's a leader and accepting losing is not something that is healthy for anyone in that room. He's one of the few guys on this team that is still passionate about the game and has a desire to play in completive games. Keep Gibson and get rid of anyone that's satisfied with being home for the playoffs.
  49. 2 points
    They're not rebuilding. They're kicking the can. Rebuilding implies that trades are being made, veterans are being let go in order to get prospects or picks in return. None of that is happening. The roster is almost identical to the one which had the 2nd worst record in the league less than 5 months ago. I don't see the Ducks reaching even 75 points this season, and I won't be surprised to see Getzlaf moved by the trade deadline.
  50. 2 points
    That's crazy. He's good no doubt about it but 9 mil after one good shortened season is insane IMO.
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