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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. 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
  5. 9 points
    If we're going to have an albatross contract, I'd rather it be a player who's done amazing things for us in his career and isn't a has-been goon. When Perry does something frustrating, I get irritated for a minute before I think of the amazing goals he scored for us. When Lucic does something frustrating, I will hate him and his ridiculous contract even more. No thanks.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 8 points
    Lindholm - Manson Fowler - Montour Petersson/Larsson - Schenn Is what I think it looks like going into the season. Seeing how Luke Schenn is not Kevin Bieksa, and therefore an upgrade over Bieksa by not being Bieksa, I think this is a pretty good Dmen core.
  9. 8 points
    In the wins or the losses, forever Ducks fan. Following since 1993, moved to SoCal in 2012 to be close to the team, 18/19 season ticket holder as permanent resident in the US. Thanks François for everything <3 \_ \_ \_
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 7 points
    I know we all justifiably rip on the guy for his play on the ice, but there's no doubt he's giving everything he has out there. And off the ice, he seems like a genuinely good person. We've heard about his character in the locker room, and we've seen those funny videos where he pranks the team, but I read this piece today and I felt like I had to share it. In this day and age, you never know, of course, if there's a difference between the public persona and what has gone on behind closed doors. It's still a great thing to be able to share a sad, but important story about someone trying to make the world a better place. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/kevin-bieksa-will-never-stop-talking-rick-rypien/
  14. 7 points
    Everyone's second favorite team, the Boston Bruins complete a perfect California road trip, losing to the Ducks and then beating Los Angeles and San Jose in regulation.
  15. 6 points
    Pictured: James Neal and Milan Lucic pose for a photo together moments after being traded for one another
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 6 points
    Hate to see Monty go but it's a real good deal for us. A first round pick plus a decent prospect.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 6 points
    I know you hate Fowler, but these comparisons are absolutely comical.
  26. 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.
  27. 6 points
    This is hilarious. He stole the SEASON for us last year. His numbers in the second half were stellar.
  28. 6 points
    The Oilers would take that deal any day and they'd be laughing at us for years. Lucic has never been anywhere near the player that Perry is, and he's now a joke. He played every game this season and had 10 goals. In the second half of the season he had 9 points and 1 goal. He's slow and offers nothing. Oilers fans hate him more than they hate Perry.
  29. 6 points
    Me Irish mate who is a Toffee through and through just said it's Liverpool's to lose. I've never seen an Irishman so sad while holding a pint of Guinness.
  30. 6 points
    Bieksa did a SportsNet interview after the game. Asked what he and Tkachuk were talking about on the ice. He said, "It's like talking to my 10 year old." LOL http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hours-kevin-bieksa/
  31. 6 points
    I could not fault Beleskey if he would have have gotten 5 or 6 million in the free market....but 3.8 average for 5 years...playing for a team that he has no roots in, nor a playoff contender. Sounds like he got bad advice from his agent.
  32. 6 points
    I think this is a GREAT trade as Hagelin simply is a better player than both Etem and Beleskey.
  33. 6 points
    Just read that Hags is super excited to be a Duck. But that might be because Anaheim is turning into the new NA Stockholm.
  34. 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.
  35. 5 points
    Screw the Sharks.
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. 5 points
    Two Getzlaf led teams have quit on Carlyle. That’s not a great display of leadership IMO.
  39. 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.
  40. 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....
  41. 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!!!!
  42. 5 points
    Or a poor presence in the locker room? His 5th team in the last seven year, plus articles like THIS would lead one to believe that he may not be what you would call a "character guy." So... BM calls out our mid-20-somethings for a lack of leadership, trades Cogs, and then brings in Del Zotto. This season is so weird.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 5 points
    Agreed! Fowler was just invisible out there last night!
  46. 5 points
    I agree with the bolded but disagree with the rest in regards to Giguere. If anything, I'd say his number should be in the rafters before Niedermayer's. He's not a HHOF player but his name gets thrown around quite a bit every year there's a class to pick with no surefire HHOF players. I wouldn't rule him out yet since it's a real possibility for him to get in one year. Beyond that his groin issues coinciding with Hiller's rise to prominence in a salary cap era are the main reasons he didn't retire a Duck. Goalie's hardly ever stick with one franchise though, it's the nature of the position. It's unfortunate although it's hard to look past what he was able to accomplish with the team during his time here. He could've easily won the Conn Smythe again in 2007. Compared to recently retired numbers such as Milan Hejduk and Jere Lethinen, Giguere was significantly more important to the franchise. Heck if Giguere doesn't singlehandedly drag that team to the finals in 2003, Niedermayer likely would've never signed here to begin with.
  47. 5 points
    I think it's time we all start learning Swedish. I've watched enough of the Swedish Chef on the Muppets that I think I can string a few sentences together.
  48. 5 points
    I like to talk trash about the Caps here every chance I get but I gotta give credit where it's due. Washington trailed in every series AND they had to clinch all four on the road. They faced a ton of adversity too (goaltending controversy and Trotz firing rumors before dropping their first 2 at home against Columbus, losing Backstrom against Pittsburgh, almost choking away a 2-0 lead against Tampa, etc.) and still managed to bounce back each time with composure. Simply a terrific run for a franchise and fanbase that has suffered more than maybe any other in hockey.
  49. 5 points
    Thing is I don’t really think Vegas has any special stand out players that other teams don’t. In fact they are beating other teams with more talent. To me it’s clear that they are really well coached. The strategies that Gallant deploys and emphasizes embraces the “new NHL” today with the relentless attack and speed. They hardly waste periods away by sitting back. This combined with having players playing with a chip on their shoulders and a goalie that sits on his head; they are going to keep rolling as far as they can take it. But next year they should fall back to earth a bit still being a good team but not as good as this season.
  50. 5 points
    I, too, would like to close my eyes, wish really hard, and have my 12-year-old Corolla turn into a brand new Porsche, but I don't think that's going to happen. It certainly hasn't happened yet...
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