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Everything posted by HockeyIzCool

  1. Very true. The fact we knew what we had back in January, and all but the biggest Homers understood that we were not going to make the playoffs, meant we didn't have to get our hopes up these past 3 months. If we had 10 points more in the standings, there would have been much more anxiety and tension down the stretch, most likely ending in either disappointment, or a 1st round exit. But I can't imagine if the Ducks had somehow put up 128 Points, won the President's Cup, had Home Ice, and then got swept. This board would have been in complete meltdown mode. Stunned Disbelief is the only term I can think of to describe what the Lightning fans are experiencing. There is no cure, and for all their achievements over the past 7 months, they're now in exactly the same place as the Ducks.....that being on the local golf course.
  2. All I can say is WOW! Apparently 128 Points doesn't even buy you 1 Playoff Win. They lost 20 games all season, and now they're at risk of dropping 4 in a row. It's sad, and I feel for the fans in Tampa Bay. You take the expectations that were obviously there, and then you mix in a complete collapse in the 1st round, and it's got to be heartbreaking. Wish that were happening to the Preds.
  3. I think I'm going to root for the Stars, because of Cogs. Nice start tonight taking down the Preds.
  4. The Ducks are going to get the cheapest coach they can. Fully expect that they will hire Eakins, someone with Zero NHL experience.
  5. Did someone say Chris Lee? He and the Ducks go way back. He keeps doing such a wonderful job that the league keeps hiring him back year after year after year after...., so perhaps he's sleeping with someone in the executive offices.
  6. Good job. Murray waited a month too long to fire Carlyle, once we had no chance whatsoever to make the playoffs. And he fired him a month too early to ensure that we finish with a pretty average pick, possibly closer to #15 than #1. I won't be surprised if somehow L.A. gets the #1 pick.
  7. Getzlaf, Kesler & Eaves, only 1 more player needed for a foursome.
  8. Any word on whether Getzlaf will play tonight, or is he staying at home and cleaning his golf clubs for his vacation?
  9. Lowest we can finish is now 4th and highest is 10th.
  10. I'm still not understanding the idea that we need to finish strong. The next game the Ducks will play that counts won't be for 6 Full Months. There's zero chance of any carryover effect, not to mention there will be a brand new coach, and several new players, so how well they're playing this coming week is completely meaningless in the big picture. The only thing that makes sense is that each player wants to play well, and not sacrifice their future prospects by showing signs of quitting or playing poorly. That is a constant. But in 180 days, there is nobody, not even those on this board, who are going to remember how the Ducks finished the final week of this disaster of a season. Finishing in the bottom 5 is no guarantee of any success in choosing their pick wisely, but it certainly is a big advantage having more players to choose from.
  11. As of now, the worst we'll finish is 12th, and the best is 2nd. I'm not accounting for the fact that might be slightly off, given some teams could be playing each other, etc, etc. Most likely we're going to end up somewhere between 6 & 10, but every loss certainly helps at this point. We still have a decent outside shot at finishing 4th or 5th, which would give us at least a chance at one of the 1st 2 picks.
  12. The 20-25 game stretch prior to Randy getting fired, is what cost us. Perhaps if Murray had let him go 2-3 weeks earlier, we would still be in the hunt for a playoff spot. Not that the Ducks would likely get past the 1st Round, but at least the games would mean something right now. The games actually do mean something now, but unfortunately we should be losing rather than winning.
  13. We all saw this coming. Ducks will end up picking far closer to #10 than #1. Whoever we get is not going to have any sort of impact next season, if they even play in the NHL right away. So look for another year of the same in 2019-20. Plus we may buy out Kesler, which will further deplete our goal scoring ability. Not that he did much goal scoring this season.
  14. Bottom line is we've taken away any chance of finishing lower than 5th worst, but have a very real chance of finishing as high as 10th.
  15. Ottawa, Detroit & L.A. are close to being out of reach. With the improved play, there's a risk that we're going to move up and catch one or more of the teams within 4 points of us, rather than get caught by New Jersey who are currently have 4th worst record.
  16. Well, I was opposed to the Cogliano trade, but in hindsight, look how much improved the team is without him. Clearly he was a big part of the problem this season, and we're playing so much better since Shore arrived. Bob Murray truly is a genius. Sorry for the sarcasm. I wish Cogs well in Dallas. I think he lost some of his mojo when they made him change from #7, hence the injury.
  17. Well, the radio announcers said that the team WON'T give up until they are officially eliminated, and that it is so completely wrong to suggest they should lose games, just to get a better chance at the pick. Bless their hearts. If the Ducks win their last 16 games, they'll be at 91 points, so they still control their own destiny. It wasn't over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, and it ain't over now.
  18. It is going to be tough, if not impossible, to fall below Ottawa. Those remaining games against the Kings are going to be key. Hard to admit, but whomever is the loser in those games, really could end up the winner in terms of getting a higher pick.
  19. All Murray's fault for trading him. Sorry the Ducks screwed you over after all the years of loyalty Cogs.
  20. When was the last time both So Cal teams were well out of the playoffs with over a month remaining?
  21. If that's the case, and they're giving him the option of staying now, they should sign him to an Extension now. This essentially gives him leverage, since he will become UFA, and may end up costing us more to re-sign. I didn't realize he had a 6 team list. I guess San Jose is not one of them, kind of surprising since they're a CA team.
  22. Gave him the option? So neither of the 2 trades that seemed like no brainers, Silfverberg & Miller, will happen now? Way to plan for the future.
  23. Aren't Gibson & Johnson back in Anaheim? If the Ducks trade Miller, who is going to backup Boyle?
  24. Yet there are teams that would gladly trade for him, so perhaps he is a good value. And didn't ol' Pancakes win another couple of Stanley Cups with the Kings after he left? Even the worst player on a Cup team, is usually pretty good, so I doubt the Kings would say he got overpaid.
  25. He would have been able to field offers from any team in the league on July 1, including the one who traded for him. His playoff production might have only increased his value, and the Ducks would not have been able to re-sign him. Obviously they did not want to take that chance with him. It sounds like they do feel comfortable doing it with Miller though, and perhaps we'll see him return.
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