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  1. 11 points
    Look, there are 2 things here. First, the Ducks had been one of the best teams in the league overall for about a decade. It was expected that we would need to step back and be bad for a while. That happens to most teams. So the fact that the team is not good right now, in and of itself, is not really cause for mass changes as it was expected. However, the way management has gone about rebuilding the team can certainly be questioned. There seems to be no real long term plan, other than hoping that a lot of kids that haven't shown much so far will continue to improve, and that Zegras can basically elevate them all to another level. I take what a GM says in public with a grain of salt, but Murray's comments in the last few years come across as delusional, that he thinks this team should be better than they have been performing. He thinks this roster should be contending in the Pacific division, which they clearly have no chance of. Personally if I were an owner I would be less concerned about the poor results of the last few seasons and more concerned about the plan to work our way back to the top, as I really don't trust Murray to do this as it seems like he just wants to move deck chairs on the titanic. Really he should have seen the writing on the wall and gone for the full rebuild after the sweep against the Sharks a few years ago. The club still would have been bad the last few seasons but right now the future would be looking a lot brighter. If I were an owner I would be worried about developing a losing culture here and would be clearing house in the offseason. Brand new GM, brand new coach, brand new ideas and brand new culture in the franchise from the top down. IMO it is time for a change.
  2. 8 points
    McNab has worked in the Ducks front office since day 1 of the franchise; fans should show him some respect. He’s apparently been our draft guru for a long time, and while we have lacked a bit in finding high impact talent drafting outside the top 10, we have done pretty well overall. We’ve certainly done well finding gems later in the draft over the years, and we’ve been a goalie factory. Hats off to McNab.
  3. 8 points
    As of today, Eakins has now coached 93 games for the Ducks, with a record of 35-44-14. In his first 93 games with Edmonton, his record was 33-50-10. So two more wins. I just don't know what people see in this guy as an NHL coach. Eakins seems like a really good guy, but we're not looking for a son-in-law. We're looking for a coach who can win. He needs to go.
  4. 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.
  5. 7 points
  6. 7 points
    If you were not watching the St Louis post game broadcast of tonight's game, you have to really appreciate how classy St Louis team, broadcasters and fans were in what appears to be David Backes final game. Like Millers final home game a couple days ago, St Louis players congratulated Backes one by one, the fans gave him a 15 minute standing ovation and the broadcasters couldnt have been more kind and respectful. All were very emotional. Lastly they surprised Backes with a video message from his wife and kids. His parents drove down from Minnesota for the game. He was also named the #1 Star tonight. He played for the Blues for 10 years and Captain for 5 years. Very classy goodbye for a great career. https://www.nhl.com/blues/news/backes-career-comes-full-circle-in-st-louis/c-324345432
  7. 7 points
    There's been a lot of chatter lately about Rakell being a potential trade piece as part of the rebuild, but this season is showing me more and more than it would be the wrong move. Bob's been saying for 2+ years that the veterans need to accept their roles as mentors for the youngsters, but has anyone embraced that role anywhere close to what Raks shown on the ice this season? His effort with Comtois and Lundestrom (and last night Zegras) has been pretty outstanding. If he wants to stay and help the rebuild, I'm all in favor of re-signing him. Sure, he's not scoring goals in bunches like he used to, but he's still a highly skilled player who can play all three forward positions, and he brings a ton of effort and energy. I'm seeing him transition into a great mentor too. He's literally helping to make Max and Lundy better players before our eyes. Keep him.
  8. 7 points
    Off the top of my head: - Hiring Randy Carlyle for a second stint because he won a championship with the team 10 years prior with an antiquated style of play. Don't tell me about the 2017 playoffs where two sorry Canadian teams got smacked, I'm sure head coach Bob Murray could have gotten the same result there. - Flat out refusing to fire Randy Carlyle after the most embarrassing stretch of hockey this franchise has ever seen and instead blaming it on the players he put there. Trading locker room glue guys like Cogliano before getting outscored 40-8 (or whatever god-awful number it was) on a road trip sure sent a message. - Giving that trainwreck Bieksa an insane NMC extension before he even played a game as a Duck because he's buddies with Kesler.. the same Kesler who straight up refused to go anywhere but Anaheim or Chicago before he was traded and wasn't at risk of leaving if Bieksa never becomes a Duck. 100% unnecessary and it only handcuffed this team once cap hell and Vegas became a reality. - A number of flip-flopping "re-tools" where the team's identity was supposed to change in an effort to match whoever beat us in the playoffs that year. One year it's "we need more size and sandpaper", the next it's "we need more skill and speed". All that ever changed was what corner of the dumpster he'd look in that July 10th after most free agents have signed.. or what role player he'd pointlessly throw away at the deadline for someone who didn't fit (cough DSP.. still upset about that) - Failure to maximize assets and hanging onto certain players for too long. I think this one speaks for itself when you look at his recent record. Shoutout to our waived top goal scorer from a season ago Adam Henrique for being an example of both. Kesler's extension looks bad now but it gets a pass. Eaves was sketchy from the start. As awesome as he was in that short stretch, the only consistent thing in his career has been injury. Silfverberg and Henrique would've made more sense if this team was trending anywhere but down when they were extended. Again, hanging onto players too long and failing to establish a clear path for this team going forward.
  9. 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.
  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. 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.
  12. 6 points
    Hahaha we need more speed…
  13. 6 points
    I, too, hope it is Saturday... I have tickets! I'm really a sad sap for these things. I'll stand and clap until my hands bleed for every "last"... last entrance to the ice, last introduction, last time his defense hangs him to dry, last lap around the ice post game... and I'll also choke up for all of it.
  14. 6 points
  15. 6 points
    Vodka Bob has ownership buffaloed. I wont spend a $ until this once great team fires a horrible GM and a Coaching staff in way over their heads. Ducks have become the laughing stock of the NHL. Bob fiddled while Anaheim burned with bad contracts, bad trades and missed opportunities. Im guessing Mr Samueli didn't handle personnel issues in his successful businesses. Where the hell is CEO Michael Schulman? Time to clean house and and hold people accountable. This is just a sad situation with no confidence in ownership and management. I will say that the Samueli's have done a lot of good for the community for a very long time, which is appreciated but are the Ducks a business or a hobby? Clean house or spend your $ on something else. Im done until there is a legit commitment to change.
  16. 6 points
    I'm more concerned that he got called up now given everything going on with the organization in the last 24 hours lol. Though, I think he's done enough earn his NHL debut. The call up aligns with the Gulls not playing until Wednesday when they will play Henderson and then again on Friday and Saturday. Giving Zegras one or two NHL games and then having him return to play most of the Henderson games makes sense, imo. Cynical take: This is absolutely, definitely and certainly not Murray doing a self-serving sleight of hand with "Don't focus on my incompetence and bad decisions, here's the shiny Zegras you all want! Are you not entertained? Let me sit on my barstool in peace!" God Speed, Trevor. May this be the beginning to a future jersey retirement.
  17. 6 points
    Sorry minor league zamboni drivers but this is the best thing to happen this season
  18. 6 points
    People need to stop comparing Perry and Teemu with regard to their knee injuries. They are completely different players. Teemu always was a speed player and so he relied on his knee to accommodate that speed. Perry on the other hand has never been the best skater and not nearly as quick. Perry has always been the grinding type player who just cycled down low and “slowed” the game down with Getz. As such, his knee is not going to make him a better skater nor a faster one. So really I don’t think he will come back and have ANYWHERE close of a resurgence that Teemu did ... not even close. The very wide majority of players only decline as they get to Perry’s age not get better. Sorry but he will never again be a 30 goal scorer. So paying him the amount he was getting to be a 20 goal scorer was insane. I love Perry too but seriously everyone don’t look at this with so much emotion. The younger kids who will take his spot will be better than what he currently brings to the table as far as points goes. This is the young players team now even Getz will eventually wind down. It’s just nature, people age and it’s also business too where spending that much money is better spent somewhere else and not on a 4th liner.
  19. 5 points
    If you could hypothetically build two 80,000-seat hockey arenas, one in downtown LA and at the other at the corner of Douglass and Katella, you would see the difference. There are just more Kings' fans in So Cal than Ducks' fans. Just a numbers game. They for sure should be doing a better job of cultivating hockey fans in San Diego County, especially northern SDC. Build it around a Duck's Flyer train that is decked out in the colors, has a roving three piece hype band roaming the cars, themed food and beverages, pump in historic radio and TV game calls over the audio of the cars, get Ducks' alum to make the ride up with fans, do a pregame show live remote from the train - get creative, make it a whole experience, having two preseason games at Pechanga Arena. They should be giving away tickets on a nightly basis to Ducks' fans for Gulls' games and vice versa. They should play up the fact that LA claims the Kings, while the Ducks are really So Cal's Hockey Team. My son played plenty of away games for his HS team in Poway and Carlsbad over the last couple of years. There are hockey fans and players in SD. Many.
  20. 5 points
    They had to agree to their qualifying offers because they had no means of negotiating better deals ever since Bob dropped his only phone in the toilet a month ago.
  21. 5 points
  22. 5 points
    A coach can only do so much damage, and it's usually short term damage. You can resolve any issues by letting them go, and bringing in a new coach with a different system. i don't have a problem with giving Eakins more opportunity to succeed. So far as I'm concerned, he wasn't given a lot to work with. But I've never really felt he was a great hiring, and that the only reason he was hired, is that he happened to be the coach of the Ducks minor league club, so management didn't have to do a search for a coach with extensive and successful NHL experience. Also he probably was available on the very cheap. Not like he could demand much since his only league level experience, was unsuccessful, and he was fired from that job. The GM on the other hand, can do long term damage. They're making decisions that will help or hurt a club for years to come. It could mean the difference between drafting a Bobby Ryan and a Chad Kilger early in the 1st Round. Sad that it looks like Bob is going to be calling the shots over the coming months, and especially with our Top 5 pick. Edit: I should point out that Kilger might actually be one of the greatest draftings in Ducks history, since he brought us Teemu.
  23. 5 points
    Whatever it is that gets blown up, I hope it's not Rakell. Dude is showing he can/should be part of the rebuild.
  24. 5 points
    I said it yesterday, but Perrault makes Drysdale at 6 so much better, being able to grab someone who has about as good of a shot as Holtz at 27 after taking your #1 D man is huge. Really great drafting. Colangelo seems very solid as well, solid build, goal scoring guy. I think he played with Zegras when they were younger as well.
  25. 5 points
    Hahahahaha hahahahaha haha, we got Laviolette canned! This is our Stanley Cup this year. Wonder if the Preds stop diving? Have to imagine that it was being endorsed by the coach and if a different coach comes in and won’t have that
  26. 5 points
    There seem to be a lot of ref haters online trying to justify this, saying he was just trying to get back to the bench or back into the play or whatever. To me Kane was CLEARLY trying to get back to the guy that he was just tangled up with. The linesman is trying to prevent that, and considering the entire game was a gong show I don't blame him. Kane is classless.
  27. 5 points
    It's not about whether he CAN play 4th line minutes, its about whether he wants to play 4th line minutes and whether that's how the fans want to see him go out. Fisix nails it here: Perry still thinks he's the second best player on this team. He's not, and it never goes well when a player who thinks he's better than he is does not get to play as much as he thinks he deserves. Remember Selanne's very public tongue-lashing of Boudreau for taking him off the #1 PP unit during his final season? Everyone but Teemu knew he didn't belong there any more, and it was a rough exclamation point on an otherwise incredible career. As a fan, I don't want to see Perry go down that same path of resentment due to a diminished role.
  28. 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.
  29. 5 points
    For a 6th round draft pick. We got more from St. Louis than Vancouver did from us, haha.
  30. 5 points
    Have you seen Milan Lucic recently? You think Perry's contract is bad...Lucic is 1000 times worse. There was a report on TSN recently where it said the Oilers would be willing to ADD in order to get rid of his contract. Hard Pass.
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