Anaheim Ducks Get Into The Swing Of Things
So, the time has come to close out this season of the Anaheim Ducks…..far too soon they are on the golf course practicing their swing. For the first time since the lockout, the Ducks are not in the playoffs.
What? Gasp! Horror! Well, this is actually a good thing. Kind of. In my opinion, there are some players on the Ducks who needed to be shown certain things. Losing is one of those things. Far too often this season, I watched Getzlaf play mediocre hockey and this was before his injury. He is a barometer on that team, whether I like it or not, and it shows when he doesn’t feel like playing. The team seems to follow suit. I am of the mind that these are professionals on the ice and should act accordingly. That being said, I strongly feel the lack of playoff spot this season lands squarely with the coaching staff.
Why is that, you ask? In looking back, the beginning of the end was actually the beginning of the season. The coaches couldn’t allow any one line to play together more than a shift, thereby ensuring no chemistry within the lines. (a smidge of exaggeration, but true nonetheless) The goalie issue had been ranted about by me here, so I won’t go any further with that.
This current Anaheim Ducks team is not the same team who won the Stanley Cup in ’07. Not by a long shot. No longer are they the hard-hitting “bullies” they were once thought as. The personnel have changed, but the coaching staff and their system has not. The Anaheim Ducks sent 9 players to the Olympics……NINE! The most of any NHL team – and yet, the Ducks struggled. We have the talent; that’s a given. So what can we say was the problem? Coaching. Sadly, the coaching staff didn’t want to change their system, but, the system clearly didn’t work. I believe the morale was low in the locker room since training camp and it’s been said to me that possibly, the team had a “work slowdown” in the beginning to try to get rid of the coach. Again – I hope not as these are professional athletes. (When even Teemu Selanne says that training camp was the hardest he’s ever had and they were all tired by preseason….I’m thinking coaching was an issue.)
So, now we all move forward in Duckland today – the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Anaheim fans are expecting a lot to happen during these long months off. Just to note a few:
Some of the things going on with the Ducks, here at the end of the season:
Now it’s time to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs and wait to see what the Ducks organization has in store. Thanks to all who read this blog over the season and thanks to Penalty Kill for allowing me to rant on…and on…..
Have a great off season!
LET’S GO DEVS! Or ‘HAWKS…..I’m not picky since the Ducks are out.