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  1. 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.
  2. I'm not sure why it's so complicated. Everyone who shows proof of vaccination, gets a wristband. If you're not wearing a wristband, you're wearing a mask. Get seen without a wristband or a mask, and not actively eating/drinking, you get a warning. 2nd time, you're shown the door. This way, those who are vaxxed and don't want to wear a mask, don't have to.
  3. I did not see whether they're going to be requiring masks. I know L.A. County is doing that for indoor events, and to me, that is at least, if not more, effective in preventing the spread, as showing proof of vaccination. Especially since it's possible to contract and spread the virus even if you've been vaccinated. They did that for the 5 games at the end of last season, albeit with a tiny crowd, and I hope they do the same this season. At least while we're still experiencing surges and outbreaks.
  4. I figured I had to be wrong about that. But 150-1 doesn't sound as worth it. I imagine once the season starts, that will drop.
  5. Tanking is not something a good team does in order to score a high draft pick. Tanking is something a lousy team does, when they're already going to finish 15 points out of a playoff spot, and could make the difference between a Top 5 pick and a pick in the teens. The whole topic is stupid and irrelevant though, since NO PLAYERS OR CLUB are going to go out there and try to lose games. There is ZERO incentive for any player to do so, since they are playing for themselves, and always looking ahead to their next contract. Their performance is going to impact how much they stand to get paid, and same goes with the coaching staff, etc. Not to mention that just because a fan roots for a team to lose, is not going to have an impact on how poorly they do. The Ducks played as lousy last season in the games they played at Honda Center with fans in attendance, as they did in the games without them. Fact remains, at this moment, the Ducks are essentially the exact same team as last year. Unless one expects guys like Zegras & Drysdale to suddenly become superstars, the results should be more or less the same. That is why Vegas odds right now are 15,000 to 1 for the Ducks winning the Cup. So if you're even the slightest bit optimistic, I suggest putting money down on them immediately. The possibility of winning $15,000 for a $1 bet is pretty unbelievable. I tend to more believe the article I read, which is that the Ducks will use this season to unload players, one by one. Guys like Rakell, Manson, Lindholm, Gibson, have more trade value now than they will once it's apparent the Ducks are desperate to get rid of them, so I wouldn't be surprised to see some moves early in the season. And given the fact Getzlaf only signed a 1 year deal, I can see him being traded as well, if the Ducks can get something decent in return. His comments at his last signing gave me no assurance that he intends to keep sitting around, while the Ducks flounder. I doubt he wants his legacy to be that he was on a last place club for the final years of his career.
  6. https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2021/08/17/anaheim-ducks-look-like-a-team-still-stuck-in-neutral/
  7. Sure. With all the countless moves made during the off season, you would think that OUR TEAM won the Stanley Cup last year, rather than finishing with the 2nd worst record in the league. OUR TEAM will be lucky to break 75 points this season. No worries. I'm NEVER going to convince you of this. At least not until perhaps March, when OUR TEAM is 15 points out of the final playoff spot. I know that you're Canadian, and Canadians have a reputation for being HARD on their hockey teams when they're not performing. Like ripping them to shreds hard. It's one thing to be optimistic about the Ducks, when they either have a roster that's shown it can compete, or if they upgrade that roster during the off season, bringing in quality players who might bring skills, enthusiasm or energy to the clubhouse. Please do share what BM did these past few months to make you think this season is going to be significantly different from the last? A better question would be, how deep is next year's draft? And what are the Ducks' chances of sucking more than the worst teams in the league over the next 8 months, even though they'll probably end up being the only team to fall a spot in the lottery?
  8. I believe they don't have to pass through waivers.
  9. Getzlaf was our big off season UFA signing. Bob's going on vacation now until training camp opens.
  10. Yeah, but after Free Agency opens.
  11. Bob is going to have to make a deal now with Seattle. We'll offer up a player they're interested in for the Expansion Draft, and they'll promise not to pick whoever we want in the Entry Draft.
  12. People will go to Toronto games even if the team is 0-82-0. There's hardly any extreme demand for Ducks tickets, even when they're winning playoff series. More of the same. Honda Center is going to be a ghost town next season. Going from $75 tickets to $25 tickets probably was not wise. I think that after 25 years, next season will be my last as a SSH.
  13. True, but it's far more lopsided when there are practically no Ducks fans buying tickets, aside from the SS Holders. So Cal fans are all into the bandwagon, and they don't pay money to show up when the team is sucking. I don't know how long I can feel taken advantage of, paying for season seats, when I could pick and choose games on Stub Hub for prices of half the price I'm paying.
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