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Everything posted by wataduk

  1. Yeah, that's disappointing. One of these days, hopefully, there will be a legitimate star player from Cali. It looked promising for a while with the, so called, Gretzky kids coming along and looking like some were going to really bust through and make a name for So Cal hockey. That kind of fizzled. So who would the best or most successful player from here be then? Technically, Zucker of the Wild was born in Calif but he played most of his minor hockey in Las Vegas. Then of course you have Brooks Orpik, but same story as he didn't live here all that long.
  2. Dang. So Cal kids just can't seem to catch a break. How many is that now that drafted, got a snip and then cast off? Kings had a guy in camp (Shane Harper) who played on that Calif Wave team that won Nationals about 10 years ago. He played in the preseason game Vs The Ducks last week. Pretty sure he got cut. I believe he was the last of the 6-7 Wave players that got drafted or were invited to tryouts, to have a shot in the NHL.
  3. If you want someone to be your best friend, buy a dog....... but I wouldn't ever shell out $100 for a ticket to watch my dog play hockey.
  4. Seriously. The L A Kings organization not only welcomed Rob Blake back onto the team as a player but have now made him the GM. Nobody was more despised by King fans for quite a few years than was Rob Blake.
  5. Sitting here trying to soak it all in and the 1 image that keeps coming to mind is the flip pass-goal in game 6 OT @ Phoenix.
  6. That is incredible. Both going in at the same time. Hopefully this helps to get Paul back into the Duck's organization where he belongs. Congrats to both. Wow, misty here.
  7. On that I will agree. That was a bone of contention with me during RC's last stint with the Ducks. The overuse of Perry and Getzlaf wore them out to the point where they had not much left in the tank for the playoffs. This year he will ride Kesler and Getzlaf until he breaks them.
  8. Yeah, thanks to acquisitions like McGinn and Perron not to mention Perry chipping in 34 goals last year. What's he got this year......9? Like I said earlier....the bottom 6 on this roster is full of plumbers and painters and I don't think Scotty Bowman in his prime would have them any higher in the standings then they are now. As far as being counter punchers go.....I mostly agree with you but that goes with what I have been saying........they do not have the skilled - quick players top to bottom to play it any other way. Another major problem from this group is on many nights they just don't put out the effort OR they are simply not as quick as the other teams. Is that Randy's fault? This is extremely noticeable when they are going for loose pucks along the walls. It comes down to one thing.....MOVE YOUR FEET! That seems to be the mantra from every player I see interviewed as well as the talking heads. "We need to move our feet.....we need to play more in their zone...blah blah blah." In other words.....they know they need to do it.......they just aren't! As stated and I will say it again......I am NOT an RC fan but have to face the truth. This roster is not as good as what BB had last year and the coach has to assemble a game plan that will suit the team he has and the players need to execute that plan.
  9. I attribute that mostly to this team being one of the slower teams in the league and thus far less of the rushes up the ice which make the game more fun to watch. That is not RC's fault but rather he is doing the best he can with the cards he was dealt. For the record, I didn't think they were all that exciting last year either for the most part. Trust me, I am not a Carlyle apologist but if you looked at this roster before the start of the season and said it was going to be an exciting team to watch then you were looking at a different roster than me.
  10. I am certainly not the biggest RC fan but the coach can only do so much with the hand he is dealt. Face it ...... The Ducks have a very unimpressive bottom 6 and if certain members of the top 6 are not contributing in the manner in which they were counted on, then this team has zero chance of success. Those who want to blame Carlyle and his system for the inconsistencies of the team, need to shift at least part of that blame on slumping players. Ritchie: 4 points in last 43 days and 3 of those were against COL and 1 was vs AZ. Rakell: 5 pts and -2 in the last 30 days. 4 of those against COL and BUFF. Not too worried about Raks though. Perry: 4 goals in the last 65 days and 1 was an EN And you can't even say that the Carlyle way is to blame for Perry's demise. He has had numerous opportunities but just does not convert these days like he used to. You cannot even say he is snakebit as has happened in previous Perry slumps when he was clanking shots off of crossbars and posts. This year he's just plain not hitting the back of the net despite numerous great opportunities! That is NOT Carlyle's fault. I said in the beginning of the year that I was not thrilled with this season's team and for success to happen, they were going to need 4 things to occur. 1) Get solid goaltending from Mr Gibson. For the most part, that has happened. 2) Get some scoring from some unexpected sources. This has happened a bit but not enough. Rakell came out on fire but has come down to earth of late. Ritchie looked like he had figured it out after some struggles last season but perhaps the rigors of a brutal NHL schedule is taking a bit of a toll on the big fellas energy. Fowler's points from the blue line have been a nice surprise but that basically makes up for what Sami is NOT giving us as compared to last season. 3) The defense has to come into their own and guys like Bieksa need to show that last year was a feeling out year. That definitely has not happened. Manson will be Manson. Lindholm still looks like he was hurt by coming in late. Theo looks nothing like Theo of last year. Vats has been inconsistent at best. Fowler looks like he has finally become the player many felt he would become and is by far the most reliable D man on the squad. 4) The top players have to perform like the top players. Kesler and #33 have certainly met that expectation. Getzlaf has had a good year, not great but good. I still believe that he is always going to be a pass first player, and that is fine. He is a darn good passer but he needs to find the back of the net around 18 times a year. He is currently well short of that and will be lucky to hit 14. Which brings us to Perry. No need to beat that horse but, well, you know. Who knows.....perhaps all the stars will align and come April the Ducks will get that secondary scoring, get that great goaltending, get that defense on track, get the top guys firing on all cylinders. That's the great thing about sports......you just never know. I just not going to hold my breath waiting. Oh look.....the Sun is coming out.
  11. It is going to be interesting in two summers to see what kind of interest Maroon gets both from the Oilers and the rest of the league. For whatever reason, he has found magic playing with McDavid and is on pace for 34 goals this year. Assuming he plays the full year with #97 in 17-18, he is probably looking at another 30 goal season. One would think that a 30 goal scorer should definitely be making well over his current $1.5 mil but to what extent will his success be attributed to playing alongside the 2nd coming of Wayne Gretzky? My guess is that he will definitely have major value signing with the Oilers but would he be worth $5 mil a year to them? More or less the going rate for a UFA 30 goal scorer who is closing in on 30 yrs of age. Would any other team put him in a similar salary range knowing that his success comes primarily from playing with #97? Mixed into this equation is that The Oil is going to need to back up the Brinks truck to pay Connor and Nurse right around the same time that Patrick goes UFA. Anyway, food for thought.
  12. Picked him up for my fantasy team when I heard earlier today that he was going to be playing with #97. The Bog Dog rewarded me with 3 goals, a +3, 5 SOG and a fighting major for good measure. A bit light in the hit dept. though - a measly 1. Come on Patrick....pick it up.
  13. And the non biased color commentary from Ray Fox...errrrrrrr......Ferraro
  14. Cool, the USA got a nice trophy and Canada got a lovely hors d'oeuvres dish.
  15. You might want to turn the mics off during the trophy skate
  16. You could be right but it looked to me like L.A. tightened up quite a bit after the 1st. I'm guessing Darryl tore into them pretty good between periods.
  17. Total business move, March. There is simply no way that BM could have traded value for value with Freddy.
  18. As armchair GM, I'm allowed to do that. Sorry, shoulda been more clear.
  19. I know that but was factoring in the small market budget thingy. They are not going to spend to the cap.
  20. You mean it's worse? I see a current cap hit at around 58 mil. 13 mil cap space (I figure 8ish knowing that they will never reach the cap.) I also see a ton of forward spots to fill and 2 D spots. Where'd I go wrong?
  21. My feelings exactly. Who knows though...perhaps BM tried to include a few of the albatross contracts but found a brick wall in his way?
  22. Yeah, I heard he wants back in the league. No thanks. How about Dobby?
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