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 Post subject: Duck Dynasty over?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:07 pm 
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OK, not a dynasty, but Getzlaf and Perry did deliver the Ducks their first Cup. They also reached the conference finals in 2015 and 2017.

Although they still made the playoffs last year, the Ducks aren't looking as mighty (haha) as they used to. Kesler's hip is so bad he might go on LTIR and Perry couldn't even get 50 points.

This is now Rickard Rackell's team, but he, Jakob Silfverberg, Ondrej Kase, Nick Ritchie and Adam Henrique aren't making anyone in the Pacific shake in their boots. They're hoping Troy Terry and Sam Steel make the squad full-time in a hurry.

The defence, on the other hand, has a solid core of Hampus, Dave Manson's kid, Fowler, Montour, Pettersson and Larsson. They also have a future Vezina winner in nets.

So what do they do this offseason? They've got some money to spend and have been quieter than Cali rivals SJ and LA with regards to making moves, but GM Al Murray said they can't go with status quo. I expect them to be players this offseason. Could Bozak or Stastny replace Kesler?

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 Post subject: Re: Duck Dynasty over?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:54 pm 
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Damn you and your misleading headlines! I was hoping that merry band of bearded rednecks finally got canceled.


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 Post subject: Re: Duck Dynasty over?
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On a serious note, how frustrating must it be to be the draft/development staff for this franchise. All their wonderful work gets flushed down the drain because the incompetent general manager and meathead coach think you can only win with grizzled vets and talentless grinders.

I also think the Dux made a slight error committing long-term to Cam Fowler. I think that's the kind of player you sell high on.

Third, you can't be a budget team and commit big $$$ to 2-3 players. A really good GM might be able to squeeze a good, balanced roster into that tight a cap space. Murray isn't a good GM.

I think goaltending, Getzlaf, and the young talent they develop will continue to buoy them into playoff-worthiness but they won't take that next step until Murray and Carlyle are gonzo.

Was hardly reported on, but assistant coach Steve Konowalchuk was fired last week. He previously turned around a flagging Seattle Thunderbirds franchise, so I'm glad he's outta that cesspool and will hopefully get another shot somewhere else.


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 Post subject: Re: Duck Dynasty over?
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With additions like Kesler and Bieksa in recent years, the Ducks was never really a legitimate SC threat. To be honest, this team was bound to implode years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Duck Dynasty over?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:14 pm 
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Adam Henrique re-signs: five years, $5.825M AAV. Basically 2C with Kesler potentially going LTIR.

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John Gibson gets the max-term deal, 8 years, $6.5 million AAV.

https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/ ... ohn-gibson

Did not realize until it was mentioned on NHL Radio that both Rakell and Gibson were selected in 2011 with picks acquired from Toronto. In exchange the Leafs moved up in the first round (they didn't have their own 1st rounder that year of course) to pick...Tyler Biggs, who is currently playing in the UK. Yeesh...


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 Post subject: Re: Duck Dynasty over?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:50 am 
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Good signing. Decent AAV for his prime years. He's bound to have a Vezina season at some point.

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Is Luke Schenn any good at this point, or...?

I suppose he'll be an improvement on Frantzwah Bowshawman, but I don't think that's saying much.


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 Post subject: Re: Duck Dynasty over?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:49 am 
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Ondrej Kase signs a team-friendly extension: 2.6M AAV for the next three.

Sure, he's only got a 20 goal, 38 season under his belt, but he's on the way up.

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He's gonna Kaše in.

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