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  1. Jovanovski said he got the idea to make a comeback from Mike Sillinger, who had a similar procedure done in 2009 at age 37, and was apparently playing beer-league hockey completely pain-free after he retired from the NHL. There have been elite athletes in other sports who have made a comeback too, just not in any of the four traditional major US sports.
  2. For sure. If we're talking any player in his prime who ever wore a Ducks sweater, I'll take Federov circa 1993-94. That season he had 56G/64A/120pts, won the Hart and Selke, and also won the NHL's fastest skater competition at the all-star game. Federov was incredible in his prime. His game would also translate really well to today's game (unlike Pronger, who would probably be suspended indefinitely). Plus, we could also really use an elite center right about now.
  3. The cap will be at $86M by 2020-21, they'll be one season away from shedding Perry's $8.65M cap hit, and the Ducks will have no major contracts to give out between now and then to current players. This team will not be handcuffed in any way shape or form... IF GMBM wants to wade into the UFA market for a big fish.
  4. You mean based on what YOU know about Kesler's hip. Jovanovski had the same injury/condition, had the same surgery performed by the same doctor, and has had extensive personal discussions with Kesler about his hip. I honestly don't know what more you would need to lay a foundation for the credibility of Jovanovski's statement
  5. (1) That’s not how the cap calculation works. They won’t need to clear a whole $6.75M. (2) Remind me who GMBM traded when Pears came off LTIR this past February. And don’t say Montour because he was traded 3 weeks after Pears was activated, so the team was already cap compliant when Monty was moved. (3) GMBM’s recent comments about LTIR give the impression that we probably won’t be near the upper cap limit anyway, so the team will likely be accruing enough season cap space to allow Kes to return after the deadline, if he’s ready and still wants to give it a go, without doing anything significant to the rest of the roster.
  6. (a) This isn’t a trial. (b) If it was a trial, that’s not even a valid objection to the substance of testimony. lol.
  7. ^^ Also, in the comments section for this article, Eric Stephens says that Kesler's contract is insured. So factor that into whatever whining some people here want to do about Kesler's contract eating up the team's internal budget.
  8. Another great article in the Athletic by Eric Stephens regarding Kesler today (I highly recommend a subscription). Lots of great quotes from Jovanovski, Bob Murray, and Kesler's agent in this one, but the money quote IMO is from Jovanovski: See you next Spring, Kes!
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    http://fans.ducks.nhl.com/community/forum/31-in-the-system/
  10. My thoughts on this are probably worth zero since I've never been in a professional hockey locker room or on the bench of a professional hockey team, and its also hard to get a feel for how a coach runs the room just by watching games. I also have no idea what kind of a system Lambert would implement here once he's running his own show, and I honestly haven't seen enough Gulls games to have a strong grasp of what Eakins is running these days either. Tactics aside, they both seem very well liked by their players, although in Eakins case we're talking about kids and career-AHL players and in Lambert's case we're talking about guys who have actually played for and won a Stanley Cup. With that, I do prefer Lambert's resume, simply because of his NHL experience. Eakins has been a decent AHL coach, but he has never seen NHL playoff ice from behind the bench, either as an HC or as an assistant. Lambert on the other hand has coached in the NHL playoffs almost every year since coming up from the AHL in 2011 (for three different NHL clubs now) and has even hoisted the Stanley Cup. My personal preference would be for a coach who has been there before - i.e. someone who already knows what it takes to squeeze the most out of elite NHL players during the hardest parts of an NHL season, not just kids in the AHL trying to make their first NHL roster. I also like that Lambert has been mentored by one of the greats in Barry Trotz. To me, Eakins kind of seems to be winging it (like he was in Edmonton), since he hasn't ever coached under the tutelage of a great NHL coach. With Eakins, I think you'd expect to see a lot more trial and error as he works his way through each new experience in his NHL coaching career. In contrast, I think Lambert likely will be better able to draw on the Trotz experience to work his way through whatever tough times may come up in dealing with a young team.
  11. Solid piece in the Athletic today on Lane Lambert and why he would be a good fit for the Ducks. I recommend it for anyone who has ponied up for the subscription fees.
  12. Hip replacement would have been the end of Kesler. He elected to go with hip resurfacing so he can try to play again. Same doctor who did Ed Jovanovski's hip resurfacing procedure did Kesler's too. Jovanovski has his procedure done in April 2013 and his first game back after the surgery and recovery was nine months later in January 2014. Chances are the surgery and recovery plan have advanced by leaps and bounds since then too. I don't think Kes is going to try to beat the timeline, but he certainly knows what the expectations are since others have gone through it. You're welcome to bet against Kesler in this. I'm not. He's Ryan Friggen Kesler. He'll be back. And he'll win the Masterton in 2021. Count on it.
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    Benefits of a Sharks win (assuming San Jose v Boston): 1. Joe Thornton will almost certainly retire. He turns 40 this summer and looks like a shell of his old self. If they win, I think he's done. If they don't win, he probably comes back again. Personally, I'm ready for him to go away. 2. The Sharks have a lot of free agents (esp. Pavelski and Meier) and nothing screams "overpay me!" more than winning a Cup. I feel like having your name on the Cup is worth about $500K-$750K more per season + an extra year on a guy's next contract extension. I think it also makes it tougher to cut the cord on aging players, and they could get roped into longer, more expensive contracts with aging guys like Pavelski this summer and Braun next summer. So a Cup win could actually put them in a tougher spot against the Cap going forward. It would also likely price Erik Karlsson off their payroll next season. 3. Suck it, Marchand. 4. Cup hangover. A Cup win often leaves teams much less hungry to push through the grind the following season, and outside of Meier and Hertl, that team is not young. If they are finally able to break through and win it this season, I think they could very easily turn into the 2014-15 LA Kings and miss the playoffs all together next season due to a Cup hangover. And what Ducks fan wouldn't LOL if the Sharks became only the 6th(?) team to miss the playoffs after winning the Cup?
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    Because no team ever blows a 2-goal lead in a10-minute span in a game 7, right? [coughCapitalscough]
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    But what if they stole one of your favorite Ducks jerseys that I've seen you wear to the Ponda?? btw, I believe it was Chris Lee who made that phantom GI call on Couture in Game 2, and he also watched the 2nd round from his couch at home.
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    Not provable. If that's called as a 2-minute minor (as it should have been) and the Sharks score to make it 4-2, there's still 10+ minutes left to play. Considering how the Sharks rallied together after seeing their captain bloodied on the ice, I don't think anyone can be certain that the Sharks didn't have two more goals in them over the final 10 minutes, even without the 5-minute major. It was a terribly officiated series from start to finish too. I could make the argument that the Sharks got jobbed in game 2 even worse than Vegas got jobbed in game 7 when the refs took a good goal off the board (the go-ahead goal) and gave Vegas a PP for a phantom goaltender interference call on Couture, which Vegas then scored the GWG on. IMO, wrongly taking a goal off the board and awarding a PP to the opponent in a tie game is a bigger screw-up than wrongly awarding a major instead of a minor when the opponent has a 3-goal lead with 10 minutes to play in the game. Any time you wrongly take points off the board (or wrongly add a point to the board, as when Eakins high-stick goal was counted in game 7), that is worse that screwing up a penalty call. And if the Sharks go to Vegas up 2-0 in the series instead of tied 1-1, its conceivable that the series doesn't even get past 5 or 6 games. To borrow dukitup's cruise analogy, that hatchet job in game 2 is like getting your wallet and luggage stolen from your cabin on day 2 of a 7-day cruise. That kind of injustice affects the entire rest of the trip. Again, bad officiating throughout the series and both teams got jobbed at various times in the series. Sharks overcame getting jobbed. Vegas didn't. That's hockey. That's playoffs. I'm fine with the result.
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    It may be poorly written, but that's not the refs' fault. I'm seeing a ton of criticism of the refs for this call on social media, but if they are calling it according to the plain language of the rule, they are doing their jobs exactly how they are supposed to. IMO, blame the NHL's competition committee or whoever writes these rules, not the refs.
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    I partially agree. He was definitely rising upwards as he hit Anderson (who is considerably taller than McAvoy), but the hi-res suspension video also clearly shows that McAvoy's right skate collided with Anderson's right skate as he drove through the hit, and IMO, considering how much weight McAvoy appeared to have leaning on his right skate at that moment, I don't think the right skate comes off the ice if the two skates don't collide at that speed. Regardless, I should have clarified my point to say that he didn't explode into the hit by leaving his feet to initiate the contact, which seems like that is usually what NHL refs look at when determining if it should be a match penalty for this foul. He definitely rose up into the hit though. However, I think rising into contact and jumping into contact are very different. Seems like most checks involve a player rising into the hit to generate additional force, even when the check isn't predatory in nature. On the flip side, jumping into a check is always predatory to me (i.e. Tyson Barrie's hit on Despres), and its usually called as such on the ice. It also seems to me that the NHL has been very consistent in calling McAvoy's type of hit as a minor (or not calling it at all if you're Drew Doughty) and then throwing a suspension at the offender later once the DPS's video review confirms the head as the main point of contact. And again, I'm not fine with the hit (I said it deserved a suspension) but I can't criticize the officials for not calling it a match penalty on the ice. Watching it once, at full speed, I don't see McAvoy jump into the hit and I see him keeping his elbow down, so it's hard to criticize a ref for not seeing an intent to injure. I also don't really see a charge there. IMO, if that's a charge then almost every solid body check is a charge. I know you're a ref and have a lot of experience actually calling hockey games (which I don't have), but if he had caught him square in the chest or shoulder instead of in the head, do you still call that a charge? Because the rule book's definition for charging is "the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner." I don't see anything usual there in terms of distance traveled. In fact, I used to cheer like crazy when Beauchemin would travel that exact same distance and deliver a crushing hip check. The distance McAvoy traveled for that hit happens every game, several times per game. Only the head contact makes it a penalty IMO, which is why it's a Rule 48 violation instead of Rule 42.
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    ^^ Marchand. Marchant was one of the most honorable guys to ever play the game. Marchand is a POS.
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    Absolutely he did early in his career. I'm also not arguing in favor of Meier. He just doesn't bother me much. We've had our own rat-like superstar for long enough that I'm a bit numb to the antics as long as they aren't intentionally injuring anyone (like Marchand, Kadri and Forsberg have). Glass houses and all.
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    That should be a suspension, but I’m fine with the call on the ice. There is no major penalty available for an illegal check to the head under rule 48. It’s either a minor or a match penalty, and the match penalty requires a deliberate intent to injure. IMO, the ref can’t call that a match penalty on the ice watching it at full speed. McAvoy’s skates stayed on the ice, elbow was down, and he didn’t explode into the hit at all. I think he just mis-timed what could/should have been a solid body check on a guy who is significantly bigger than him. So according to the rule, 2-min minor + incoming 1-game suspension. Let’s see if the DPS does their job on this one....
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    I honestly don’t see Meier doing anything worse than what Perry has done for the past 10+ years. How many times did we see a stiff breeze blow vintage Pears onto a netminder’s legs over the years? IMO Meier is a pretty great player, and we are just going to be learning to hate Meier the same way Sharks fans have hated CP10.
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    That’s a separate stat. I was responding to a comment that they never get called for anything with a stat that shows they’ve actually been penalized at a higher rate than any other team in the playoffs.
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    The Sharks have been short-handed more than any other team in the playoffs (46). Next closest is Colorado (38), then Carolina (36), Dallas (35), Boston (33), St Louis (28) and Columbus (24). Boston, Dallas and St Louis have all played the same number of games (12), Carolina has played 11 games, and Colorado 10.
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    Maybe this has changed since 2016, who knows. I have to question that Hockey News article. It's trying to use Radko Gudas as an example, but they admit that his hit on Vesey was a LEGAL hit. I don't care who you are, if you make a legal play you are not going to be subject to discipline. The play at least has to be illegal to start with. Their example of Gudas is a complete non sequitur to their claim that a player's past offenses do not increase the likelihood of suspension. Same issue with the Burke article. Their main quote appears to be: But that's still determining whether something is ILLEGAL, not whether a clearly illegal act can be elevated to a higher level of discipline based on player history.
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