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  1. For better or worse, Murray has fielded a team that has gone to the playoffs for several years in a row. Owners have been great. Leaders have done fine with an ever changing lineup due to injuries. Maybe the leaders should have done more to accelerate the coaching change, but Murray wrongly gave his friend the benefit of the doubt and would not fire him until the season was a loss. New players are dominating in the lower leagues. Getting rid of players that don't produce and letting the kids fill in should have us back in the playoffs. Still too small of a market for new stadium. Full reboot will happen in 2 or 3 years when the older guys move on.
  2. Rebound goal for Cogliano. Hope they send Nashville home.
  3. Looks like Giordano just took out McDavid in a meaningless game.
  4. Perry last year .24 goals, .45 assists per game. This year .16 goals, .16 assists Getzlaf last year .20 goals, .89 assists per game. This year .19 goals, .49 assists Rakell last year .44 goals, .45 assists per game. This year .19 goals, .33 assists Silferberg last year .22 goals, .30 assists per game. This year .31 goals, .20 assists Fowler last year .12 goals, .36 assists per game. This year .09 goals, .26 assists Should have probably made some spread sheet to show the drop off better. Also should have included more players but was getting depressed by what is becoming an inconsequential summary of how the team stopped putting up points but not why between this year and last. Have seen improvements with how the team is playing and am still holding out hopes for some miracle. Just don't understand how they can play better some games and then play like they did against the Kings. Really tired of the excuse of not playing the full 60 minutes. For the amount they are getting paid to not show up for 25 minutes tops out of a 60 minute game is crazy. Bring back Sherwood because at least he hustles every shift. Not always in the right direction but at least something.
  5. You're all worthless and weak! Now drop and give me twenty!
  6. Would add extra time to that because knees are never the same after surgery. Kind of off subject but would also add extra time to a head shot suspension because injured person is now susceptible to concussions issues. One of the best aspects of this game is the hitting. Love how one player can send a message to a team or just drive a player off the puck with a good hit. Also understand that accidents happen and sometimes people blindly collide (Like how Kempe turned into Cogliano's path without looking where he was going, after dumping the puck). Just hate cheap shots. Hope no news is good news and Shore is ok.
  7. Looks like Welinski was sent down and Holzer sent up. Did not like Holzer's game last time he stepped in. Hope Guhle is ready.
  8. There were a few plays last night when we had 2 or 3 forwards pushing offensively along the boards, trying to free up and control the puck. But this style also was problematic because nobody was ready to receive a pass or look for a rebound shot when we did get the puck. I think the kid line has been applying pressure on offense and it is just a matter of time before they start to have an impact. The defense has also been taking more chances at stopping pucks from exiting the offensive zone. I agree that there were times when they were standing around in the d-zone, but more often then not, this happened after they had just killed a penalty and could not get off the ice. If the shifts are kept short, they do attack on defense. These last few games have been fun to watch. Rakell and Getzlaf have been sharing center duties prior to last nights game so it was not a stretch to have Rakell slip into center with Getzlaf's absence. Love the chances that the kids create. The team needs a come from behind win to convince themselves that they are better then they think they are, but the coaching change has been great so far.
  9. Should we give Grant a Rowney sized contract?
  10. I don't know. He will be the one facing the press, dealing with the team, and sorting all the info to determine the future direction of the team. For better or worse he is now the face of the direction of the team. Can't really take credit if there is success, but will receive all the blame if there is not a BIG improvement. He is putting his own job on the line. In other words I think he is being sincere in wanting to help the team. I am just not sure what he is getting himself into. Also thought it was funny he said he would be nervous going into Wednesday's game. There is no easy way to get those butterflies out of the stomach standing behind a bench. Wish him and the team success.
  11. If the locker room was so toxic that the players could not listen to RC anymore, this move is too late. Should have been addressed during 18 game streak. Aside from the NTC and NMC, are the other players going to be hustling to make the roster next year (like rookies during preseason) or do they give up and hope for a trade or to just play out their contracts? Would have loved to hear what the players have to say about RC being gone but will have to wait until their actions on Wednesday. If we win with a blowout it means RC was the issue. If we win or lose in OT or the game is close, it means the system is the issue. If we get blown out it means our players are the issue. At this level I don't think the players are the issue, but some people just can't work together. If the players are the issue BM did a poor job building the team. It will be very interesting to hear how the practices go over the next few days and as usual I am interested in what line combos we see with the forwards. Wouldn't it be a miracle if BM finds his true calling as a coach/GM and gets us back to a playoff team with 26 games to go using some hybrid unknown system?
  12. The fact that Ottawa is in last place and had a 5 game losing streak, but we still couldn't score it what bothers me the most. I really want to see good in the team and there are times at the start of the last few games where it looks like everyone is moving well. As soon as they get down it's like they are playing not to lose instead of playing to win. Montour had the most ice time last night (25:48) which surprises me because I don't think he is our top D-man. But then again, he joins the rush and tries to score, which then lead to odd man rushes for the other team. Ugh. Also the penalty-kill for Ryan's penalty with about 4 min to go last night was brutal. Was yelling at the tv for Getzlaf to shoot instead of waiting to make a move. Get the puck near the net and see what happens. Don't be afraid to shoot. Don't waste time when we are down. Not singling Getzlaf out, because he is still my favorite player. Everyone was equally bad. I don't think Chad Johnson has won a game yet as a Duck. Feel bad for him
  13. I think they had 45 shots on goal tonight so they are trying. This is even more frustrating because it means they are just unlucky and/or terrible. With the record I'd say terrible. Do they even need a coach to play? Reggie Dunlap was a player-coach. He motivated his team.
  14. I really don't think the players would go along with tanking. Telling our veteran players we are going into rebuilding mode is essentially telling them their time is done. The coach could put together horrible lines that can't score or defend. Maybe bench or trade players that are performing. ( Almost seems like this is what is happening). I think more then likely players are in panic mode and are afraid to do anything wrong. Puck luck, angry hockey Gods or who knows why and they get down a point and are afraid to touch the puck. The ones that want to do something chase the puck out of their position and leave open ice that can be exploited. I really hope they don't break Gibson mentally or physically.
  15. Trading for Henrique was a great trade. The system he has been asked to play is what has made him look like an average player. The Kesler contract is not a bad one either. When he plays, he is typically assigned the hardest player and does well. Would love to see a coach that would not only worry about who is covering who and what is the best matchup, but also focus on how to get the puck in the net 3 or more times per game. What I mean is that Kesler should be able to put up points while also doing the centers work. If he does not want the added work put him on wing.
  16. I don't think it is " an indictment of his team-building" because the younger kids are having some success with the Gulls, and we do have good players and a great goalie . But this confuses me even more because I thought Eakins was using the same system that RC was using, so the kids would be ready once they move up to the big leagues. Does this mean that Eakins is teaching the RC system better or does it mean the system just does not work in the NHL? Also, if Eakins is moved up to the Ducks, will he stay with the RC system? I am done with the dump and chase system. Makes no sense to go to the front of the net if we are not controlling the puck. I am baffled with the exit from our zone. Sometimes I think the defense is trying to pass to the position where a player should be, but nobody is there. Maybe remove the blue lines because we have problems getting past them. My biggest fear is that some of the defensive core gets traded and we never see their full potential under a different system, or even worse, we have RC for one more year.
  17. When I first saw this topic I was hoping Selanne and Kariya were going to come out of retirement and help the team out. Maybe bring Niedermayer along also. Teemu is a great spokesman for the team. Congratulating San Jose while also bringing up the lack All Star games being hosted by other teams.
  18. Can't we just promote Sudarshan Maharaj, the goalie coach, for the rest of the year? Whatever he is doing seems to work and I am sure he would get the shots on goal number to drop because no goalie should have to face over 30 shots every game.
  19. It looks like The Ducks have 9 days until their next game. Are they allowed to practice as a team during the all star break? If so, should they or should they just get away from the rink for 2 to 4 days for rest? Who is coming back after the break? When I look at the team stats it appears they have become a bigger team with the last few trades and moves but have not really become a tough(fighting) team. What will the identity be after the break? Dump and chase (which has not worked for a while now) or will they be faster? Fowler has played the last few games with more grit. I am very happy with his style. Just wish he would shoot more. Also wish the offense could back check a bit more instead of relying on the defense and Gibson. Getzlaf is still an elite player. There is no need to double shift him in the final period. I understand the desire to have him on the ice for the last 60 to 90 seconds in the final period, but if he is getting double shifted prior to that time he is a liability. Who is allowing this? https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/sanford-bozak-return-to-power-blues-past-ducks-5-1/ar-BBSF9wJ Below is a quote from Fowler on the Blues loss. ''It was one of the worst games I've been a part of, and I'll leave it at that,'' Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler said. ''It's just been a tough month in the locker room. This whole month has been hard emotionally. We have a great group of guys. We have all the pieces we need. We just can't seem to find our way right now. It wears on you. This is our livelihood, and right now it's not going great.'' I agree with everything he says. I think this team could be good. All pieces are there. Just hope they can find their mojo over the break and go on a long streak. Also, just have fun.
  20. Yeah, like at the All Star Game, with all the top players free to fire away...
  21. Silfverberg's production has kind of leveled off since he signed his last contract almost 3 years ago. If we need to resign him, I would go for the seem contract he has. He is not producing more points then Rakell so should now be paid more. I would like to see what kesler can do when he is not assigned the hardest player to guard every night. His grit, heart and drive would be fine somewhere else. Not sure where yet.
  22. Guess it is time to post about Eaves and the Gulls.... fan-zone
  23. Just hope that I don't somehow get traded to a different message board, but with all the trades I wouldn't be surprised...
  24. Terry is going to get his first NHL goal against The Wild.
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