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Everything posted by PetrSykora

  1. Pictured: James Neal and Milan Lucic pose for a photo together moments after being traded for one another
  2. Dang, and here I thought this forum would be a nice escape from the pain of Kawhi leaving Toronto. For the readers here who don't follow basketball, it would be like if Tavares put together one of the greatest MVP playoff campaigns of all time and led the Islanders to a championship before immediately signing for less to go home to the Leafs. I know he delivered a title but it still hurts to see him go. It would be a double whammy to me as a Ducks fan if the Clippers start poaching our fan base too cause of him. I can't speak to what it will be like in San Diego but at least history was on our side the last time something like this happened. I remember how the Clippers traded for Chris Paul the same season the Ducks had their first Carlyle induced meltdown. They had one of the most exciting teams in sports at the time with that Lob City run and they still ended up being a third wheel in their own building behind the Kobe Lakers and Kings. That was about as brutal of a season the Ducks could've had with the Kings winning and a lockout on the horizon. There wasn't any long term damage to our fan base in the end. Even though the attendance fell off towards the end of the season, it was never embarrassing or Florida Panthers bad. Of course the fact that the Ducks began playing an uptempo brand of hockey and became a top team in the west within a year certainly helped. None of that was certain at the time though. There's a lot of similarities between that year and where they are now. It's bad timing for the casual SoCal sports fan but I feel like anyone with a passing interest in the Ducks will (hopefully) take notice if they can move away from that chaos-on-ice act of the last two seasons. All that said, Chris Paul & Blake Griffin aren't Kawhi Leonard & Paul George. The Clippers are the favourites to win it all now. Still I think if any hockey team has to be worried about basketball, it's the one lowly hockey team sharing a building with those two guys on top of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, & Demarcus Cousins.
  3. Looks like it was a match made in heaven. Murray gets his thrift store discount rack defender while Del Zotto gets to live near the heart of the adult entertainment industry for another round. I'm just happy it wasn't Phaneuf.
  4. He was never one. Besides, he's had almost a decade to prove those early years in Calgary weren't a fluke and he's only declined ever since. I know Bob loves to sort through the greasiest dumpsters at this point of the summer but we can still do a lot better than the worst player on a putrid Kings squad.
  5. Calgary is the biggest paper tiger the NHL has had in a very long time. At least Tampa dominated the league in almost every regard before collapsing in the playoffs. Calgary was never convincing outside of old man Giordano's MVP calibre performance. Cam Talbot and the hope that Hamburglar 2.0 doesn't end up a one hit wonder isn't going to put them over the edge when their awful regular season goaltending wasn't even in their top 5 biggest problems once the playoffs hit. It will take a crazy performance (or another terrible showing from the Pacific again) for the Flames to replicate what they accomplished. I can realistically picture them missing the playoffs. I'm not ranking any of those teams head and shoulders above the Ducks. It's too easy to get caught up in what other teams added (and I say added loosely because a lot of those additions came at the expense of major subtractions ex: Barrie, Galchenyuk, Subban, etc.) while forgetting what we already have. Literally every key player not named Gibson, Kase, or Silfverberg had a brutal down year. The defence especially. Lindholm, Manson, and Fowler all simultaneously put up their worst seasons since entering the league. Their careers to this point have shown that they're capable of being significantly better than they were. They'll have a fresh year with new coaching and a forward core that isn't relying too heavily on broken skaters to work with now. Gibson is still one of, if not the best goaltender in the league. IMO that alone at least puts them on even ground with the other western bubble teams you're mentioning even if the rest of the Ducks somehow remain at their rock bottom. I get it's frustrating sitting around while other teams are trying to improve. They could do a ton to strengthen the team before heading into next season no question. It's a shame they haven't already honestly. I just think last season was more of a perfect storm of worst case scenarios more than an indication of how good or bad this roster actually is.
  6. Blues, Vegas, Trash, Sharts, Stars & Winterpeg, no. I think it's pretty wide open after that first tier of teams though. The Ducks are a pretty big question mark heading into next season but I don't think that means the Chicagos and Arizonas of the west are primed to leapfrog and bury us in the league's basement just like that. This is still a talented roster that will get a chance to play a full year under a new coach whose gameplan is more advanced than praying Gibson's hips aren't feeling sore. There's also going to be a ton of youth injected into the roster. Not saying we're a shoe in for playoff hockey but basically everyone is sleeping on us again. I'm hoping next season will be similar to 2013 when a new coach in his first full year (or full-ish, thank you lockout) took them to a surprise 2nd seed after everyone thought we'd be in the lottery. Even if we don't make the playoffs, I'm just looking forward to seeing them move further away from that awful 2018 Carlyle brand of anti-hockey we've been subjected to for too long.
  7. All this signing says to me is that the Ducks opening night roster will have a lot of former Gulls on it. No harm in trying to keep the minor league team competing at a high level. I'm not expecting him to be a difference maker for the Ducks.
  8. Who knew wishing for Dallas to eliminate Trashville in the playoffs this spring would result in monkey paw level consequences? I feel sick looking at that
  9. Not sure how I feel about Kadri coming out west. COL-NAS games are going to be total Olympic diving competitions if every single game featuring the mustard kitties wasn't already at that point. Speaking of trash, imagine getting rid of Seth Jones and PK Subban to bring in Crying Johansen and Matt Duchene. Even with their franchise-long need for a centre, that's just bad asset management.
  10. A Marc Bergevin vs. Don Waddell barn fight doesn't have the same star power and appeal as Brian Burke vs. Kevin Lowe. I still want to see it though!
  11. That Zaitsev/Ceci trade is like when a sneaky school kid drops their sandwich on the floor and offers to swap lunches with their unsuspecting friend except this time, the friend also dropped their lunch on the floor and happily agrees to the deal as both fail to realize that they're still eating floor food
  12. Is this real? Doesn't really seem like the type of move GMBM would make on Canada Day.
  13. Dallas is making moves and getting ready to compete for the 2014 NHL playoffs! Good for them
  14. I'm not seeing it and I'm not even that high on Fowler. He'd be #3/4 at the very least on every one of those teams right now. I have no idea why you're even bringing up LA cause he would easily be the second best defender they have behind the dough boy. Fowler being -50 in his career has a lot more to do with him spending his first years on bad teams glued to absolute pylons like Andy Sutton or Andreas Lilja while getting thrown to the wolves by Carlyle than it does with Fowler being a bad player. He's hasn't been a big minus player since outside of last season when the whole team was straight doo-doo defensively. I can agree with him being a bit of an offensive disappointment who's overpaid ~1 million compared to his peers (won't be for much longer considering the contracts expiring throughout the league in the near future) but that doesn't mean he's trash. At worst Fowler is still a very good second pairing guy who has shown he can eat a ton of minutes on successful teams.
  15. If you're trying to sell people on why we should've kept Perry at 8 and a half million dollars a year, a bottom 6 grinder isn't the player you want to compare him to. I'm of the opinion that playoff performances are more valuable than a regular season performance. That said, there's no real reason to expect Perry to all of a sudden lead our team through the playoffs at this point. Especially THIS 34 year old surgically repaired knees version of Perry when he couldn't during the years he was a top 5 winger in the sport. He's arguably been the most frustrating playoff performer we've had during this era. He could look unstoppable in one series (usually against a Canadian team cause why not), and invisible in the next. There's been entire postseasons during his prime years where he's completely disappeared. Maybe if he was set to make Maroon money for us instead of former MVP money you'd have a point. Wherever he ends up is obviously going to get a better deal simply because his pay will be consistent with his role. 8 million divided over 2 or 3 solid contributors is always a better option than 8 million tied up in one mostly broken x-factor who doesn't score enough to justify his pay. I'm sure he'd still be a Duck if it was possible for him to somehow get paid the 2.5 million he deserves.
  16. Hahaha Luongo is a goon. He could've gone the Marian Hossa route and invented an injury to ride out the rest of his contract on LTIR but instead chooses to retire outright to stick the cap recapture penalty to Vancouver. That's what you get for benching him in your first outdoor game.
  17. Anyone else miss Cogliano? Not because he'd be much of a difference maker on the scoresheet or in the standings for us at this point, but because of how a player like him could positively impact all the youth we've got coming in. He was hands down one of the hardest workers we've ever had on the ice. His dedication away from the rink was just as impressive. He prided himself on maintaining all the good habits an extremely durable athlete should have and we traded him to save Carlyle's job for a couple of weeks. Booo. The Ducks have two free As to stich onto a couple of sweaters and Cogliano should be here wearing them both.
  18. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess "too much"
  19. If only the Kesler trade happened a few months earlier
  20. Something about Hartman besides the sweaters he had to put on always rubbed me the wrong way. This is going to be his 4th team now in not even a year and a half. I'm probably just confirming my own bias here but that's not a good sign for a promising 24 year old capable of giving you 30 points a year. Philadelphia really botched the Simmonds trade.
  21. Hard pass on Zaitsev. He's a bottom pair pylon on an atrocious contract that runs for the next 5 years. He's already overpaid and he's got a NTC kicking in next season on top of everything. Remember how handcuffing it was to carry Bieksa's contract for just a couple of years? The Leafs are beyond desperate to move him. If they can give up a future 1st round pick to dump Marleau for only a 6th, they're likely to add a very good piece to any deal involving Zaitsev. No way is he worth bringing in by himself though. Gimme Kapanen if you want to dump that black hole onto our team.
  22. Yeah I'm not exactly sure how Dave "I signed David Clarkson" Nonis ended up with the big promotion to assistant GM following the last two trainwreck seasons but this team is still in pretty good shape going forward. Let's see how some of these kids turn out before we begin catastrophizing our future.
  23. By mismanaged I mean how Dubas basically threw away the cost controlled period of their core. This should've been their year to make noise. They had glaring holes on their roster they could have fixed instead of playing poker with Nylander for half a season. Marner is the faaaar superior player and it was pretty clear even during Nylander's holdout that it would be a major struggle to keep all 3 of their key RFAs. They shot themselves in the foot by locking up the run away worst of the 3 before the others. Add that to players like Marleau, Kadri (who might be one of the best 3rd line centres in the league but is also allergic to suiting for a playoff game without getting himself kicked out of the series) and Zaitsev (how did he even earn that contract to begin with?) and you've got one ridiculously top heavy team with all the spare dollars wrapped up in players who really shouldn't be part of the long-term plan but apparently are. Imagine if they had built a decent defence around Reilly beyond Muzzin with the dollars they committed long-term to those players. There's a good chance they're the ones playing St. Louis in the finals with the way the east unfolded. They'd still be in some sort of cap hell right now but at least they'd likely have something more to show for it besides another first round exit. Now they have Kapanen (who outplayed Nylander all year) and Johnsson to worry about too.
  24. It's a few years too late. I've wanted him beside Getzlaf for years but he's been seriously underpaid throughout his career. He'll likely take the highest dollar amount available at this stage rather than the best hockey situation for him. Signing him now would also defeat the purpose of buying out Perry even if Simmonds is a safe bet to outproduce him going forward. Max Jones is my Wayne Simmonds dream now.
  25. 2019 and this scummy organization is only now starting to realize that these two headhunting clowns got no business on any NHL roster baby steps!
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