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  1. That would be a metaphoric table, right?
  2. Hard, if not impossible to disagree with that.
  3. Good for him, I hope he makes the team. He'd definitely add some quicks to the aging King squad.
  4. I should clarify. Not sure if it was understood but I meant we waited by the player's enter/exit door going into the Honda Center adjacent the player parking lot. When I re-read the post, it kinda sounded like we were going after the players in their cars as they were driving into and out of the parking lot. Anyway, hope that helps.
  5. They practice at either The Rinks Anaheim Ice (open to the public) or Honda Center (usually not open to the public). My guess is if you contact public relations and let them know you are flying out from Sweden or hit up any of the Twitter accounts of the Swedes on the team and let them know you are flying out here to watch them play, they may be able to pull some strings to get you into a closed practice at HC. You might even try color commentator, Dan Wood or beat writer, Kyle Shohara. Both are extremely engaging with the fans on their Twitter accounts. One thing I like about the L A Kings (believe me, there is not many), is their practices are almost always open to the public as are the practices of the visiting teams that are in town. Hopefully when the Ducks open the new training facility, the team will use it for a majority of their practices and they are open to the public. As far as pictures and autographs, I know we used to wait by the entrance/exit to the player parking lot at Honda Center before and after games and had pretty good luck there. Never tried it for a practice so perhaps someone on the message board has better insight into that. How long are you staying? I'm sure you will have an absolute blast in So Cal. Link below for The Rinks Anaheim Ice. http://anaheimice.therinks.com/
  6. Okay, there is an awful lot to chew on here but cutting to the chase, lets just say, "the Ducks 4th line is not equal to the Chark 4th line." Then again, how would I know....we hardly ever saw our 4th line on the ice to make that determination but I'll bet our 4th line was not as good as the Chark 4th line. Actually, if you think about it, that Chark 4th line killed us in the playoffs last year and one might even say that they were one of the big differences in the series. So I'm gonna say Duck's 4th line <<<< Chark 4th line Undisciplined defense was another difference in playoffs 2018 but that's another story for another day. I'm guessing it has already been pointed out that Marleau is no longer on the team but in case you hadn't heard it.......Marleau is no longer in San Jose. Also you forgot one very important comparison. Carlyle <<<<<<< DeBoer Look, the Ducks are not necessarily a slow team, but they do however, play that slow, grinding, dump it in style (ahem....cough... Carlyle) that gives the impression that they are slow. Notwithstanding Perry ( who probably couldn't win a race against himself) and possibly Ritchie (who I don't feel skates too bad for a man his size) the Ducks have decent team speed. In games last year and in previous years when they are rolling four lines and pressing the pace, they have been able to keep up with pretty much whoever they were playing and in fact, dictated the pace on some nights. How many times did you watch them play last year and say...... "dang, they are on fire tonight!" Why they don't play like that more often.....only Randy knows for sure, but I'm guessing, in his mind, this particular squad needs to manufacture a goal or 2 and hang on for dear life in order to compete. All in all a very good post, Gorby and I'm glad to see something like that to ponder in this seemingly endless, loooonnnnnnnggggggggggg off season. I just heard on NHL radio that it is 7 weeks til puck drop on the new season. Aaaaaaaarrrrrggghhhhhhhhhh.........that's too long. Okay, back to my cave. Is it October yet?
  7. Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the cap move according to revenue? Revenue was up over 8% last year (thank you LV), thus the biggest cap bump in 5 years (4.5 mil). I see your point though about the Golden Goose (expansion) creating a need for a re-set down the road.
  8. Kinda sad story of the recent arrest of actor and former MD goalie, Goldberg. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/08/06/mighty-ducks-star-shaun-weiss-arrested-for-public-intoxication.html Okay you three, I know he is not a real "former Duck," I just didn't know where else to stick the post.
  9. You mean the salary cap or your next comedy album?
  10. Yeah, doesn't make sense to me either unless Bob knows something about the future of the salary cap that we don't. Maybe 6 mil for a #1 goalie is a steal in 4 years. Who knows the mind and thoughts of one, "Robert Murray?"
  11. Seeing that Kari Lehtonen was a nearly $6 million cap hit for the Stars for the past 5 years kinda makes me feel that Gibson's contract is an absolute steal. Just for the sake of conversation but kind of interesting that Freddy Andersen is signed for 3 more years at $5 mil a season in Toronto. Wasn't he once in our organization? I realize Gibby is younger but I'm just throwing some raw meat into the lion's den.
  12. Here's what you do. Subscribe to cable TV and make sure your provider carries Prime Ticket and FSW. You will see Gibson steal about 15 games a season. You kidding me? How many games did he stand on his head last year and make over 40 saves a game while the team in front of him looked like their heads and bodies were in Lala Land? I actually felt sorry for the guy last year. Refresh my memory......how many times was Gibby the #1 star last season?
  13. JS was known to have worn some rather large pads at certain points in his career.
  14. JS Giguere would have definitely not been happy.
  15. I seriously believe that Ryan Getzlaf will be hoisting a Cup this season....................The Fedorin cup.
  16. Haven't seen it posted here but just wanted to say congrats to Jerome Iginla on his official retirement from the NHL. Class act all the way and one of my all time favorite players. Still with all that Iggy accomplished in his career, he will always be remembered, in my mind, for his fight with Francois Beauchemin in the 06 playoffs. EPIC! Round 2 was not quite as good for Beauch but a good tilt nonetheless. Iginla definitely has a future in the broadcast booth if he so chooses based on past interviews and his recent sincere, often comedic retirement presser. For those who have not seen it.......posted below.
  17. Darn, I was hoping for an argument. What is this board coming to?
  18. And I agree with you. The point of my post was that there was a team on the ice here in Anaheim for about 4-5 years that was quite capable of winning a Cup but came up short. Thus the disappointment from some fans. Look at the recent Stanley Cup winners from DC. They were thought to be, if not Cup favorites, then certainly 2nd choice by many pundits for a number of years. As soon as they are an afterthought to come put of the east, they win it all! So who knows?
  19. I don't think it is 24/7...probably more like 21/5 but I get your point. The thing you might be missing is the fact that it was not the fans that created these expectations but management who told us there was a very realistic Cup window that was wide open for about 5 years. Bob Murray stood in front of me and told us that at countless SSH meetings over the past years. They (management) reinforced that thought by obtaining pieces AND the piece that many thought would get the team over the top when they went out and obtained Ryan Kesler after the loss to LA in the 2nd round. It also doesn't help having the press/media select the Ducks as one of the favorites to win it all for about 4 seasons straight only for the team to come up short of that particular goal. So yes, I agree, the 100 points is great, and it certainly beats being a Carolina Hurricanes fan but it does not exceed what is expected of the boys based on the squad management has assembled. Someday those Pacific banners might look really nice hanging from the rafters but at the moment, IMO, they simply stand as reminders of many opportunities lost. Like I said....someday, that will probably change but not quite yet. Too soon. Ryan Getzlaf is a generational talent with freakish skill and I am quite sure that many, including myself feel it would be a waste for him not to lead this organization to the Promised Land. Unfortunately, it is beginning to appear that that might well be the case. That is frustrating to me. Yes, he won a Cup but that was definitely not his team and just not the same as if he were to lead the Ducks to a championship under his captaincy. I am pretty sure Ryan would tell you the same thing. For the record, I don't consider myself a whiner but am always hopeful my favorite team can make that leap and bring home the grand prize. After all, isn't that what being a sports fan is all about......hope?
  20. So, just off the top of my head.....that would be former Kings, Corvo, Palffy, and Voynov, in trouble for domestic abuse. Then you have Jarret Stoll with his drug arrest and other assorted issues. Is being a douche a requirement to play for L A?
  21. Exactly! Arbitration hearings are never fun for either side but it is part of the business side of the game. On the one hand, you have the player and his agent telling the team why he deserves $XYZ. Then on the other hand you have the team telling you why you don't deserve $XYZ and your stats and upside/potential are more deserving of $QRS. It's a delicate balance of letting the player know you want him while carefully informing him what areas of his game need improvement. Fortunately that is not quite as hard with a young kid like Monty as it would be with an established vet but a challenge nonetheless. Anyway, glad it all worked out and hopefully both parties are happy.
  22. wataduk

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    Perhaps that 2500 seat rink at the new facility will have a new tenant? I honestly cannot think of any other reason why they would need a 2500 seat arena unless they were planning on having a team or events that could fill those seats.
  23. Haha Adam posted a picture on Twitter of himself as a little lad wearing a Mighty Ducks lid. Not exactly Tavares-esque, who showed off a picture of his bedroom as a kid with the Maple Leaf bed sheets, but pretty cool anyway.
  24. Without #2 in the lineup this season, that number should be closer to 2-3 times.
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