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  1. 6 points
    I don't know if this was an intentional or unintentional dig at the Oilers, but either way, well done.
  2. 3 points
    It doesn't help that this organization is so tight-lipped about player status either. I mean, can we get an update on Ondrej Kase's shoulder rehab? Is Troy Terry fully recovered from the broken leg? How is Patrick Eaves feeling? This summer also feels very unsatisfying because of how little GMBM has done to improve the team, especially the defense. The current Ducks defense is weak, and it seems like most of us are still expecting some kind of a move to improve it. But its hard to sit back and feel good about the team's work this off season when there is still such a glaring hole in the lineup (and still too many wingers). I keep checking the news to see if GMBM has done something to fix it, but the days just march on by with no news. Makes for an even longer summer....
  3. 3 points
    I'm not saying it wouldn't have improved the team if he chose us. All I'm getting at is how Fowler and Shattenkirk are extremely similar players. Fowler being the better puck mover/overall defender and Shattenkirk being a better PP quarterback. They both shy away from contact, pass off checks, and get bumped off the puck relatively easily. Visit a Rangers discussion board and you'll see all the frustration our fans direct at Fowler directed at Shattenkirk for the same reasons. Who knows, maybe Shattenkirk would steal Fowler's lunch money without breaking a sweat. All I'm saying is it would've been amusing having two of those players on the same team.
  4. 3 points
    Assuming he’d be willing to sign on the west coast, I think that Murray should kick the tires on him if he’s not going to trade for a RHD. The Ducks need to improve that position so badly and Shattenkirk would be an upgrade at a huge discount to what he was getting paid by New York.
  5. 2 points
    I cannot recall seeing any player softer than Fowler. So, had Shattenkirk joined Anaheim it would have improved them.
  6. 2 points
    More on Carrick... last season he led the Gulls in points (61), goals (32), PP goals (11) and SH goals (3). His 32G tied him for 4th best in the AHL. Carrick also co-led the Gulls with 7G/7A=14pts in 16 playoff games. He has also now played for Eakins for four seasons: one with the Marlies in 2012-13 and three with the Gulls (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19), so he knows Eakins well and is probably a guy Eakins knows he can trust. Bob also signed Carrick to a one-way contract in June at $700K, meaning he'll get paid $700K whether he's in Anaheim or San Diego. He's also got a bit of sandpaper to his game, which we all know GMBM likes, especially in his bottom-6. To me, all signs point to Carrick getting a legit shot to earn a roster spot with the Big Club. So Steel definitely has competition for that 3C spot.
  7. 2 points
    Having an infant is much different than having school age children.Infants are easy to move. I also agree with DTS that a change of scenery after being eaten up by the New York media would be a nice a change. Anaheim is in rebuild but I still think they can be contenders this year. SC probably not but they will compete. As far as family, he's spent 11 years in the NHL with the last 2 being in New York. Most people want to be around family but when you're a professional athlete, member of the military, etc. being around family isn't always doable. I think if BM offers him decent money and term, he would take the chance knowing it could revitalize his career. I would give him $3 X 2 or $2 X 3. I disagree with splitting Lindholm/Manson so it would be nice to have someone who could possibly pair with Cam.
  8. 2 points
    New York might be the sole location with taxes, weather, and craziness, that could make California's taxes livable.
  9. 2 points
    Huskins owns coffee Shop in Santa Ana Dipenta is in Cole Harbour and a Regional Director for Atlantic Canada for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  10. 1 point
    I don't care for college basketball much at all, but March Madness is awesome. The one-and-done tournament format makes for great drama, plus there are a ton of David-beats-Goliath story lines that you can't get in professional sports. Hockey playoffs would not pull more than a handful of eyeballs from March Madness. I'm a huge hockey fan, and if it's the opening Thursday or Friday night of the NCAA tournament as well as the opening night of the hockey playoffs, I'm probably watching college basketball, unless the Ducks are playing. March Madness is captivating.
  11. 1 point
    The expansion draft is in two years though, and the Ducks going that long with such a grand canyon sized hole on their right side defensively would be kind of weird. If Gibson doesn’t get significantly more help in front of him then the expansion draft may be the least of our concerns. As far as the ED goes, I’d like to think that Murray learned from the last one and is going to be better prepared. We are going to lose something of value. If he doesn’t want to give up a good prospect and get Theodore’d again, then he’ll have to move high picks or let someone like Fowler, Henrique, or Silfverberg get selected. A lot can happen in two years so who knows how it will shake out but I think that teams are going to be very active next summer to best position themselves for the ED because I’m betting on Seattle doing what Vegas did and hold the league hostage the summer of the draft. There’s only so much they can do with the holes that they have. Even if they are in the playoff hunt at the deadline, they are still aren’t contending this year. Plus, I don’t want them wasting assets during a rebuild. I think we’ll be sellers which is fine by me in the grand scheme of things.
  12. 1 point
    I can't remember a longer offseason. Certainly doesn't help that the team hasn't played what felt like a meaningful game since December 2018. Side note but the NHL should begin the season in early/mid September seeing as how they'll never reduce the number of games in a season. The Stanley Cup Final running until the middle of June never really made any sense. That only started happening once they expanded the league in the 90s. Opening in September means they no longer have to compete with the World Series at the start of the season, and the NBA Finals at the end of the playoffs. It also gives the NHL its own unique time slot in the calendar. Imagine how much more attention the always bonkers first round of the playoffs would get if it began in March instead of April alongside MLB opening night and the NBA playoffs.
  13. 1 point
    Yeah, It's the most boring time of the hockey season. I guess the Ducks tried to sign RHD Chase Priskie (this year's prized college FA) but he signed with Carolina. We can speculate more about a RHD trade with them as a result if we want lol. Nothing really left but to wait and see when the big name RFA's start signing.
  14. 1 point
    <pokes forum with a stick> You ok? <pokes again> ... ... Forum: Eh? Is it September yet?
  15. 1 point
    There have not been any posts lately
  16. 1 point
    Can he carry those numbers at age 34, when he's showing signs of being more injury prone though? His ice time should go down this season and it's insanely unfair and unrealistic to expect him to continue carrying the team offensively. He needs help and has needed it lol. If he puts up more than 55 pts then I'll be extremely impressed. Even with beast mode Getzlaf, Vegas, SJ, Calgary, St. Louis, Nashville, Dallas, Winnipeg, Colorado are all a class or even two above the Ducks. That's not even counting a better Arizona and Vancouver. I just hope that we throttle LA when we play them, develop our prospects and not get Gibson murdered or kill his spirit. I'll consider that a successful season lol
  17. 1 point
    I guess that what I'm saying is - I don't care if they're significant contributors or not. Unless there is some glaring flaw in their game that would leave them unable to handle the NHL at all, I'd rather they take their lumps at the NHL level. None of those three (Steel, Jones, Terry) looked obviously overmatched in the NHL. They were inconsistent, but that can only be solved by spending time at the NHL level and learning how to smooth out their games. Again, maybe there's a specific part of their game that the coaching staff thinks needs to be ironed out in San Diego, but barring that, there's no way any of those guys should be in the AHL instead of Carrick.
  18. 1 point
    There are thousands of reasons to believe this, namely that it virtually never happens. There's a reason Kunitz was an outlier. I don't see a reason to throw a young player with actual potential into the AHL, when he'll be better off getting development at the NHL level, because of a few weeks of training camp. There has been nothing to tell us at this point that Carrick is a good hockey player, and nothing to tell us he can be. I'd be stoked for Carrick to prove me and decades of NHL history wrong. But he should do it at the expense of players who we know are marginal (Deslauriers, Rowney, Shore, etc.) not at the expense of players who will benefit from getting playing time at the NHL level, even if they struggle.
  19. 1 point
    Disagree. If you're a good hockey player, you're a good hockey player. I also side with GMBM in thinking that it's more important right now to build a winning hockey culture that the young guys can work their way into, than it is to rush these young kids into the lineup on a team that struggles for wins (see Edmonton, Buffalo, Florida, Colorado), so I just want to see the best 23 players make the Ducks roster to start the season. Anything less basically says to Getzlaf, Silfvy, Raks, Rico, Cam, Manson, Hamper and especially Gibby that the team is not really that committed to winning, which I think is a really bad message. Steel (21), Jones (21), Terry (21) and Comtois (20) are also YOUNG, and they are not elite prospects in the same way a Zegras is. There's no reason to hand an NHL roster spot to a 20-21 year-old, good-but-not-elite level prospect if he isn't able to out-play the guys he's competing with. If these guys were 22 or 23 then sure, force them to sink or swim at the NHL level. But not at 20-21. I also don't see why Carrick, if he is truly a late-bloomer, can't be a solid piece of this team's core for the next 3-4 years. It's not like he's old. Carrick just turned 27 in February. He's actually younger than Fowler! Kunitz didn't play his first full NHL season until he was 26, so there's no reason to think that Carrick can't blossom at 27. He's got NHL size (6', 205lbs). He's apparently a solid defensive player. And obviously he's learned to put up points in all situations, at least at the AHL level. If Carrick turns out to be just a career-AHLer, fine. But if he earns a spot over Steel by out-playing him, that's not on GMBM, that's on Steel.
  20. 1 point
    To be fair, he played six games. Three of those were in November under RC when he was called up while the Ducks were on a 7-game losing streak. The next two were in January under RC, shortly after the Ducks ended their 12-game losing streak and just as they were starting a new 7-game losing streak (that eventually got RC fired). Which Ducks did look good in those games during that stretch? The one other game he got was in the 3rd to last game of the season with GMBM behind the bench, which was a 5-1 win at Edmonton where he registered an assist. I thought he looked fine in that one.
  21. 1 point
    If Carrick makes the team over Steel, that will be stupid. I don't care if Carrick actually outplays Steel in camp, the Ducks will be interesting this season because we'll get to see if the kids take steps forward. Sam Carrick will not be part of the next Ducks Cup contender, unless it's as a 4th line guy on a team that actually hopes its 4th line can score. So if Carrick makes the team over Rowney or Shore or Grant, I'm totally fine with that. But if we see Carrick instead of Steel or Jones or Terry or Sprong, I will be watching far less Ducks hockey. I'm not going to judge the decision-making process until I see the opening night roster, but if the Ducks have Deslauriers and Shore and Rowney and Carrick in the lineup while Terry and Jones and Steel are sitting, I'm going to be really mad. Those guys are the reason to watch the team this season, outside of Getzlaf and Gibson (and Kase, if he can stay healthy).
  22. 1 point
    I agree. I’m betting on Comtois and Lundestrom being in San Diego for the majority of the year to develop. If Delauriers is there as a deterrent so people aren’t taking unnecessary liberties on Steel and Terry then I get that but trading a pick for an enforcer like him was stupid. Someone is going to be pushed out on RW and if it’s Sprong, then it should be to upgrade the roster elsewhere. If not, then we can all slow clap Murray for trading Pettersson for him. You’re right. Unless Murray makes a trade, there are too many forwards. Though if Jones, Terry, Steel can’t beat out their competition then we should start to worry lol. Carrick didn’t look good to me at all in the games he played for the Ducks last year. His offensive upside at the NHL seems very bleak to where I don’t see him as a threat to Steel, Grant or Rowney. Too much competition for him also. He’s 27 with less than 30 NHL games and seems like a career AHL guy. If nothing else, the Gulls should be really good next year.
  23. 1 point
    What I don't appreciate is that scrubs like Devin Shore and Deslauriers are going to get roster spots over potentially good players. Although to be fair to Murray, Terry, Steel, and Jones are the only ones who I think need to be on the NHL team. Comtois and Lundestrom are better than the 4th liners right now, but could probably use some time in the AHL to get consistent playing time. Sherwood is a fun guy to root for, but he's going to be a classic NHL 12/13 forward who can come into the lineup and provide some energy and that's about it. I am not going to be heartbroken if he's not in the lineup over Rowney or Grantzlaf. The guy who's going to get pushed out is probably Sprong. That was whom I thought Murray's statement was directed toward.
  24. 1 point
    Yep, I thought Tampa would be too hard against the cap after having to still sign Point and Erne but this makes all the sense in the world for Shattenkirk like you said. Going to the Cup front runner is a pretty sweet deal lol. I still want Murray fired for a host of other reasons but can’t fault him on this.
  25. 1 point
    Chris Kunitz announces his retirement from Blackhawks. He was my daughter's favorite Duck. Team needs more like him!
  26. 1 point
    Corner of 1st Street and Cabrillo Park Drive.
  27. 1 point
    So nice to hear the positive responses to an undrafted player out of Ferris State! Kunitz was a class act. In 2008, on a trip to Chicago to see Ducks play, I ran into some of his buddies from college. They all has nice things to say about him. He's got the same amount of Cups as Scott Niedermayer!
  28. 1 point
    Kunitz was one of those almost indestructible players, which he used to leverage into good lines and a high level of play. He knew how to use his whole body in the game, and I seem to remember him being an efficient skater. I'd be interested to know if he trained really hard all the time, or if he was one of those mutants who could just show up and get there in Spring Training. I wish I knew more, but I viewed him as someone who just always, always showed up. Showed up for training, showed up for practices, showed up for PR, and showed up as a competitor in every game. I've known a few people like that in life. Seems like when they're done, they're out the door done. That's not commentary on anything in particular, just an observance.
  29. 1 point
    Until his retirement on Monday Kunitz had the most Stanley Cups (4) of any active player in the NHL. So wish the Ducks could have kept him.
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    I think Grant stays as a utility infielder (what do you call the hockey equivalent?). He's been competant moving up and down the lineup at center when there are injuries. Rowney stays for his PK aptitude. Sprong because he's not afraid to shoot... ok Sprong could be moved at some point as long as you replace him with a young skater eager and willing to put pucks on net. If it were my choice, I'd lose one of Ritchie or Shore. We need one of them, not both.
  32. 1 point
    No way Moose. There is zero chance Terry is 4th line and a toss up between him and Sprong.
  33. 1 point
    Rangers are over the cap and still need to re-sign RFAs Buchnevich and DeAngelo. Rumors are starting to pop up that Shattenkirk is on the block, since Trouba now basically makes Shatty superfluous. Shattenkirk has a $6.5M cap hit for two more years and is coming off a tough season for a team that was in full tank mode, but hear me out here.... The Ducks clear cut #1 need is a RHD who can run the power play. Shattenkirk can absolutely do that. And while his cap hit is $6.5M x 2, his total remaining salary is actually $10.6M. So a reasonable trade could be Shattenkirk for Eaves + conditional 3rd + 5th, with the 3rd becoming a 2nd if Shatty hits certain performance markers (like 10G or 40pts), and the Rags retaining $3M ($1.5M/season). For the Ducks, that gives us a legit PP QB for the next two years for only $2.3M/season in salary added to the payroll (with the Eaves $3M offset this coming season). And with the retained salary, we’re looking at $5M in cap hit, which we can certainly afford given that we’re going with a youth movement. Shatty’s contract also expires after the 2020-2021 season, so his NMC will not require ED protection. We could also do Fowler-Shatty as a 2nd pair, which would be similar to the Fowler-Vatanen pair that had Fowler playing the best hockey of his career (even got him to the all-star game!) For the Rags, they would move out $5M in cap hit and can just bury Eaves on LTIR, giving them plenty of cap space to sign their RFAs. They also get more picks for their rebuild. They’d also get to send Shatty out of conference. It’s a win-win. I don’t think GMBM would ever pull something like this off, but I really wish he would.
  34. 1 point
    I for one am not excited to see a Duck's team where 50% of the players are Gulls bouncing back and forth between the NHL and AHL. If I'm going to spend hard earned money to go to a game I want to watch an NHL team that is capable of making the playoffs and not full of prospects. One or two rookies on the squad? Fine. Six to ten? NO THANKS.
  35. 1 point
    Comtois does not need to be protected. Eric Stephens wrote an article in the Athletic in December with his "protect" list at the time (obviously it's changed since Montour, Perry, etc are gone) and he noted Comtois would not need to be protected since he only played 10 games, and noted he would not be back with the Ducks that year for that reason (keeping games played at 10).
  36. 1 point
    But he also needs 10 games for the season to qualify for the expansion draft. So Comtois qualified for the 10 games, but it wasn't a pro season. Someone who plays 1 game at age 20 has a pro season but doesn't meet the 10 game threshold.
  37. 1 point
    I have heard from multiple places that Comtois will not be eligible for the draft. In fact, I thought Murray himself said that he wouldn't be and that played a part in his going back down to the AHL when he did.
  38. 1 point
    Probably? Why have Suter and RC when their strategy essentially boils down to "Ride the hot goalie!"
  39. 1 point
    The Ducks are already going to have to expose good players in the expansion draft, aren't they? Just from the current crop of forwards, it looks to me like the following are eligible to be exposed (assuming all are still here and under contract): Rakell, Silfverberg, Henrique, Kase, Ritchie, Terry, Steel, Jones, Sprong, and Shore. I'm not sure I get the concept of "don't acquire good players because you might lose on in the ED." Why not just get as many good players as possible so that it doesn't hurt as bad to lose one? Also, regarding the current cap space, several of the ELCs have performances bonuses built in (such as Terry's $850K PB) so GMBM has to be a little careful with that. Since Perry's cap hit is already going to eat $6.625M in 2020-21, GMBM needs to be absolutely sure the team doesn't take an additional hit next season due to performance bonus overages this coming season. But even so, I estimate the Ducks could add another $5M-$6M to their cap this season and next, and they'd still be in fine cap shape even without using a dime of LTIR space. Given that space, it sure feels frustrating that GMBM hasn't made a move on the #4D spot yet. But with so many good UFAs and RFAs still unsigned, there still seems to be a lot of options out there to improve the defense. So we gotta just keep the faith that GMBM will do something eventually this summer to keep Gibby from getting killed....
  40. 1 point
    That’s an interesting question. From an organization perspective, how do you keep around a guy who ran your team into the ground? And from RC’s perspective, would you even want to remain with a team whose players quit on you? Maybe it’d be best for all involved to just move on.
  41. 1 point
    Per an article by Eric Stephens in the Athletic, Eakins specifically asked for Sutter to join the organization in an advisory position.
  42. 1 point
    Calgary is definitely a paper tiger when it comes to the actual the playoffs. No one thinks that they are going to win the Cup but that they are likely to get in. The Coyotes gave up Galchenyuk who put up 41 pts for them and got Kessel who is a point per game guy at a minimum. That is a major upgrade to me. The Avs trading Barrie was inevitable when they selected Byram, who could step in right away, but Colorado still has a ton of talent on their blue line and bolstered their 2nd/3rd lines. Nashville moving Subban to get Duchene seems a bit more of a lateral move, but it addressed a major need and Nashville still has a great top-3 and has Dante Fabbro seemingly ready to step up. To me, all of these teams are better than the Ducks and with more potential. I agree that Gibson has been the best goalie in the league for the past two seasons. He has also been taxed to exhaustion during that time, which is what concerns me. As of now, he's going to have to carry this team. Even if they can improve the defensively, which should be the top-priority, if he has a slightly above average season then I can't see the Ducks getting in the playoffs. The other huge issue that we all want addressed is scoring and we need a lot of it. We just don't have enough players that can create offense or finish, which something that I don't think Dallas Eakins, or anyone else, can just coach into existence. I don't think that the Ducks will be a trainwreck like they were last season under Carlyle, but that there are simply too many better teams that also aren't starting to go through a coaching and roster transition along with many glaring holes in their lineup. If we go into this season as is, then it will be a bit disappointing but I won't be mad as long as Gibson's minutes are severely limited. I'm also more focused on seeing the development of the young players than making the playoffs.
  43. 1 point
    Gibby shouldn't have to lose any sleep he has Fowler to clear his crease!🌼
  44. 1 point
    Always have loved The Muppets. If Eakins is actually on board and not towing the company line, this is a postive through and through.
  45. 1 point
    Not sure if this is a Gulls or Dicks signing since both are short on D. EDIT: Jani Hakanpaa's deal with #NHLDucks is one-way for $850,000 in 2019-20. Hakanpaa, 27 (3/31/92), earned 25-56=81 points with a +76 rating in 298 career Finnish Elite League (Liiga) games with Karpat and Espoo. The 6-5, 207-pound defenseman led Finnish Elite League defensemen in plus/minus in back-to-back seasons in 2018-19 (+29) and 2017-18 (+28). Hakanpaa was a member of the 2017-18 Karpat team that won the Finnish Elite League postseason championship. Last season, Hakanpaa collected 11-12=23 points with 94 penalty minutes (PIM) in 52 games with Karpat, ranking tied for second among Liiga defensemen in goals. He also appeared in 17 playoff games, registering 1-3=4 points with a +9 rating. Selected by St. Louis in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Hakanpaa recorded 6-14=20 points with a +20 rating and 86 PIM in 132 career AHL games with Peoria and Chicago from 2012-15. A native of Kirkkonummi, Finland, Hakanpaa helped his country’s national team to a gold medal at the 2019 World Championship. He also won bronze with Team Finland at the 2010 Under-18 World Championship, earning 1-1=2 points with a +3 rating in six tournament games.
  46. 1 point
    Love this move! Let's also not forget Sutter guided a team to the SCF as a GM too (Calgary 2004). Mush mouth aside, he is a legit hockey genius. Making him an "occasional coach" is a great idea and should reduce the chances of him wearing out his welcome in the dressing room too soon. And lord knows Eakins needs a mentor since he's never actually had one. I also really like the idea of him helping GMBM make personnel decisions. Sutter will be able to bridge the gap between what is actually happening on the ice and what Bob thinks he is seeing from his view in the luxury suite. Now if we could just add some defenders to protect Gibby....
  47. 1 point
    How is Sutter going to be an advisor to the coaching staff if they can't understand a single mutter that comes out of his mouth?
  48. 1 point
    he's a freaking guillotine hanging over Eakins' head. reports are that Eakins is happy with the situation. if that's true, then Sutter has value.
  49. 1 point
    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.
  50. 1 point
    we aren't pursuing anything expensive before the next expansion draft.
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