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HockeyIzCool last won the day on October 31 2012

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  1. Does anyone know if there were other seasons in the Ducks' history, where training camp practices were completely closed to the public?
  2. Training camp was always open to the public when it was at Anaheim Ice, wasn't it? Is this the norm going forward now? That really sucks, I live in South O.C., and had thought I'd actually have a chance to swing by there more easily.
  3. Ahhhhhh....Poor Bob. Let me get out my tiny violin. He's just a wittle bit miffed that he was played like one.
  4. Most of the time I disagree with Mooseduck's rose colored outlook on all things Ducks. He's like our own Chicago Cubs fan from 10 years ago, always proclaiming that this will be our year....and then when all hope is lost.....it becomes NEXT Year Is Our Year!! There's nothing wrong with optimism, and he has that right, and his pro Ducks stance is certainly welcome here. I sometimes listen to Roger Lodge on AM 830, and on Monday he spent most of his show asking whether it was time to say the Angels won't make the playoffs this season. Gee.....I don't know....they're only about 13 Games out of the 2nd Wild Card spot with a month to go. But he's a homer, hired by the flagship station to drive up enthusiasm even when there's zero chance of changing the inevitable. I expect to come here in November, when the Ducks have single digits in points, and see Mooseduck posting about how it's still possible to turn things around. Heck, he even eventually jumped onboard the Dump Carlyle bandwagon last season. We've been season seat holders since Day 1, so we're always pulling for the Ducks to excel. But honestly, after the 2017-18 Season, and especially after the 2018-19 Season, I have seen no effort from Ownership or Management to make me think anything other than the team is merely going through the motions. I have very low expectations for the upcoming season, and I just don't see how we intend to keep up with some of the other clubs that have improved their rosters over the past couple of years. I really foresee another sub-90 point result, but hope that I'm wrong.
  5. We haven't exactly done nothing. We hired a Head Coach who has no NHL Head Coaching experience. Re-Signed an aging backup Goalie. And cut ties with one of the leading scorers in club history. Certainly that will result in the 20+ point improvement we'll need to make the playoffs next year.
  6. https://www.nashvillepost.com/sports/nashville-predators/blog/21077286/greg-johnson-one-of-the-original-nashville-predators-has-died
  7. You're correct. Reality is Reality, and we obviously have not played a single game in the 2019-20 season yet. But the team has already basically been assembled. Most online betting sites have the Ducks finishing in the bottom 5 of the league. They're essentially at 80-1 odds, tied with other powerhouse contenders like the Red Wings & Kings. In a few months we will reach Reality, and can see if the Ducks look like they have what it takes to contend for the Cup. I guess you could look at a team like the Blues, that can go from worst in league to a Cup, and say it's never over until it's over. My opinion is that the Ducks are a team with a Great Center in Getzlaf, a Quality Goalie in Gibson, a decent Backup in Miller, surrounded by a remaining roster made up of question marks for now. Veterans like Fowler & Rakell, who have shown periods of strong performance, but also periods of mediocre performance. If I really felt the Ducks had a legitimate chance of winning the Cup right now, I'd be rushing to place a $100 Bet right away, with the hopes of turning it into $8,100 by next June.
  8. The # of Season Ticket Holders is down, to it's lowest point in probably 17 years, and aside from the few marquee games, Honda Center will be half full most of the time, meaning there will be fewer people parking or buying overpriced concessions and souvenirs. The Ducks ownership really doesn't want to spend much right now, be it on Players or Head Coaches. Those days appear to be in the past. So they'll field a team with someone taking on his 1st NHL Head Coaching position. He'll have, for the periods when they're healthy, a Great Center in Ryan Getzlaf, and an All Star Goalie in John Gibson. They'll be complimented by Rakell, who was inconsistent this past season, some other decent but not spectacular Veterans like Henrique, Lindholm & Fowler. The other half of the team will be made up of NHL Journeymen and 2018 or '19 Gulls players. Perhaps 1 or 2 will have a breakout season, and prove his ability to play at the NHL level. Miller will continue to be a consistent backup, and the only real question will be whether he & Gibson can perform well enough to win us enough 1 or 2 goal margin games so that our record is not completely embarrassing.
  9. That should put people in the seats.
  10. Ownership would not pay whatever amount Burke asked for, nor would he go anywhere near the train wreck which the Ducks have become.
  11. Bargain Bob will pick up the leftover scraps in a couple of days from now. Funny how the most excitement this board has seen on UFA Day in more than a decade was due to a false rumor.
  12. Who needs goals? We're just going to count on Gibson & Miller having Below 2 GAA for the season.
  13. What about Eaves? What about Kesler? Could they be planning a trade of their 1st Round Pick for a high priced player, and needed cap space?
  14. More likely the Ducks would sign Patrik Carnback before Patrick Lain.
  15. Predictable. Good thing BM is not a Professional Poker Player. Shocking that he chose the cheapest and easiest option out there. With a mid 1st Round Pick, and Bob's penchant for getting high priced impact players through Free Agency, I'm sure the Ducks will be a Playoff team again in no time.
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