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  1. Maybe Kesler moves to the third line this year, if healthy, and Rico takes over on second. Then Kesler could mentor a rookie on his line. Maybe Jones or Steel, if moved to the wing?
  2. What do you think it would take to get Erik Karlsson? If we can somehow make a trade for him, there is no doubt in my mind that we can win a Stanely Cup next year--as long as we stay healthy. We may even be able to win a Cup without him. Might Murray make a bold move like this? Quite possibly. He has said in years past he wants to get an elite defenseman. Maybe the reason why he has not pulled off a trade before is because he did not see potential defensemen he could trade for as elite. However, now that Karlsson is available for trade, Murray certainly sees him as "elite." Karlsson has won 2 Norris Trophy's (2012, 2015), and finished second in 2016 and 2017. Where else and when else is a game-changing defenseman like him going to come around? Plus, he may not even have reached his prime yet at age 28. Niedermeyer and Pronger were both 32 years old when we traded for them, and those trades worked out well. Karlsson could be signed for 7 years, and the 7th year would still be worth the deal. If there was ever a time for Murray to make a bold move like this, the time is now! Getzlaf and Perry might only play a few more seasons, for all we know. And we still have a very talented roster. What do you think it would take to get Karlsson? What about this? Trade the rights to Montour, along with trading Pettersson, Larsson, Steel, Comtois, and a first round pick? I would rather not give up those players. But, for Karlsson, might be worth it. Think that would be enough? Too much? We'll see what happens...
  3. I am hoping Schenn reaches his full potential in Randy's system. Randy develops a lot of defensemen. Just look at who has flourished under his regime. Fowler. Manson. Lindholm. Montour. Even Welinski and Pettersson did pretty well in the system when called up late last year. I think the Pettersson and Welinski pairing has a lot of potential. Guess we won't know until the season starts--and see if that happens. GO DUCKS!
  4. Definitely would not want to see Fowler or Lindholm depart. Montour is a great player. But Welinski might have the ability to be just as productive. If it were a trade of Montour for Nylander, that might be worth it. Definitely hoping Mountour re-signs though.
  5. Luke Schenn could be a nice signing. He seems to enjoy hitting the opposition as much as Manson, and does a good job doing it. Only 28 years old. Might be the physical defenseman Fowler has always needed. Maybe he'd fit better on that pairing than even Montour--saving us money if Montour signs elsewhere. Montour is a great player. But Weliniski plays a very similar game and is still under contract. Plus, having a Manson and a Schenn in our top 4 defensive pairings could be very valuable come playoff time. The only thing I would change is make it a 3 year contract versus a 1. If Schenn has a great year paired with Fowler, he'll surely demand more money next off-season than he would if he signed a 3-year-deal this offseason. -Lindholm -Manson -Fowler -Schenn -Pettersson -Welinski Not bad!!!!
  6. Nice analysis. Trading for Nylander would be a great move. Too bad we missed out on Ryan O'Reilly, who the commenter above was hoping we'd trade for.
  7. Yeah, I think Terry will make the team also--especially since he said in a recent interview he put on some muscle this summer. Scoring 20 goals his first season isn't out of the question. I think he'd be the perfect right wing player for our third line. Of course, if Eaves is healthy, maybe we play Terry on the third line left wing, and Perry or Eaves on the third line right wing. It will be interesting to see if we sign any UFA's. By the way, who is ROR? (By the way, I wonder if we still sign Kase if the coaches and GM thinks Terry is ready. Terry and Kase play a very similar game, and Terry might have more upside than Kase.)
  8. By the way, I might even go with a rookie at center on the third line versus re-signing Henrique. Henrique is obviously a great player. But if Steel or Comtois is ready to take the next step at center, maybe we save money and give them a shot. I think they both would have made a lot of teams even last year at center. Probably even the Golden Knights, if they were in their system. (At least Steel probably would have.) Henrique is probably going to ask for a lot of money, and I am guessing he will want to go to a team willing to pay that. Would not be surprised to see him go to the Detroit Red Wings. They need to get back on the map and might be willing to overpay a little bit to add a veteran like Henrique.
  9. There are still a few free agents the Ducks can try and sign. Or, they may be able to trade for a player. But, what about our rookies? We have so much talent in our system that I personally think we may be better off just going with some rookies next year--as long as they are obviously talented enough to make the team. Terry, Comtois, Steel, Jones, etc. A lot of talent on offense. We don't really have any spots on defense available, assuming Montour re-signs and Pettersson and Welinski take a roster spot. Goalies are locked up. I really liked our team from last year. If we add a healthy Eaves and a rookie or two, and have all of our veterans healthy the whole season, I don't see any reason why we cannot go for a Cup this next season. Look at how far the Golden Knights went. All the way to the Cup Finals! Does anybody think their team was more talented than the Ducks? I don't. They just had great chemistry and were relatively healthy. And they had a lot of rookies on their team, which might be a recipe to consider. (At least with adding a rookie or two.) I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in training camp in two months. So, how about you? Prefer to see rookies make the team? Or, are you hoping we sign a free agent or two? Or possibly make a trade? Should be a great upcoming season. GO DUCKS!
  10. In contrast to likely a lot of Ducks fans, I'm actually a huge Randy Carlyle fan. He was the first coach to bring a Cup to the Ducks. And I love the style of hockey his teams play. Also, just look at what he was able to do last year. Yes, the Ducks did not win 1 playoff game. But how many coaches could have coached the Ducks into the playoffs, with all of the injuries we had? I do not want to see Randy Carlyle fired. However, if for some reason our GM decided to randomly do that soon, it would likely be because Barry Trotz just became available and he wants to hire him. It seems very silly for me that the Capitals just let Trotz walk. He is the only coach to ever coach the Capitals to a championship. And he did it this past season! Not only that, but I can pretty much guarantee you Ovechkin loves playing for this coach. For the 4 seasons Trotz was there, Ovechkin scored at least 49 goals, 3 times! And he just won a Stanley Cup with Trotz as coach! I've always been a fan of Trotz. When he was with Nashville, I thought he was a great coach there. And with the Capitals, he obviously got the best out of his players. Just won a Stanley Cup. If Trotz were to ever coach the Ducks, I feel he could be a great coach with the Ducks as well. So, whether Carlyle is behind our bench as head coach next year or Trotz is, I think we can have a great team! Who would you rather have? Carlyle, or Trotz?
  11. Give him a couple months to pick up the sport, and I wouldn't doubt he'd be able to coach even an NHL hockey team.
  12. Congrats to The Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin on winning their first Stanley Cup last night. And now, as Bill Belichick would say it, "We're on to the 2018-19 season." We hopefully start the new season healthy. The fact that we made the playoffs last season was remarkable, given all the injuries we had throughout the season and the players we had missing to start the season. Now it's time to take a run at the Stanley Cup. GM Murray said he wants to make the team faster. Does that mean he wants to give more rookies a chance to make the team? Maybe sign some free agents, or make some trades? Will be a very interesting off-season to continue to monitor. And, can you believe it? Training camp is only 3 months away, with the season starting in around 4. And to go back to Bill Belichick, how about we borrow one of his phrases as our new motto for the upcoming season? "DO YOUR JOB!!!!" GO DUCKS!!!!
  13. I know some may feel this may belong in some other section. But, news is slow this time of year, so thought it would be fun to put in the main section. Did you all know that Sam Steel's family has a pretty awesome outdoor rink, even with heated dressing rooms? I'm hoping Sam makes the team this upcoming season so, if for nothing else, the Ducks can practice on his family's awesome outdoor rink when they play the Oilers this next season--if they want a nice break to get away from it all. (Rink is in Edmonton.) Speaking of Sam, think he will make the team this upcoming season? Or think Troy Terry or even Max Jones has a better chance? Check out Sam's cool rink:
  14. Thanks, Nieder. I was really hoping for a Ducks comeback in this series. Would have been AWESOME! Hopefully they don't dismantle our team and we can try for the Cup again next season with a fully healthy team. DO DUCKS!
  15. LOL. I almost was right. If not for the goal the Sharks scored in third, Ducks could very well have won in overtime. Would have completely changed the series. Oh well. Could of...would of...should of. Didn't happen. Hopefully next year we win the Cup. GO DUCKS!