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Anaheim Ducks Get Into The Swing Of Things

Anaheim DucksSo, 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:

  • Is Scott Niedermayer retiring? (again – the Brett Favre of the NHL!)
  • Is Teemu Selanne retiring?
  • Will we resign Aaron Ward, James Wisnewski, Saku Koivu, Sheldon Brookbank? Will Bobby Ryan really be locked up by December?
  • Are the Samueli’s really going to keep Randy Carlyle and/or Bob Murray?? The fact that the NHL have reinstated the Samueli’s as ‘functioning’ owners, I expect they will have a hand in all this and it may not be pretty.

Some of the things going on with the Ducks, here at the end of the season:

  • Lubomir Visnovsky – traded for Ryan Whitney. Oilers: SUCKAS! This was an awesome trade and I personally like the fact Lubo is here.
  • Ryan Getzlaf – hurt his ankle, but the organization just came out with the “undisclosed ligament tear” as well. Kind of explains his apathy on the ice; but, the team proved they didn’t need him to win – the Ducks should’ve sat him out sooner than when they did.
  • Jonas Hiller – signed to the 4 year deal. Pulls his back muscles twice…now he can go home to Switzerland and get healed once and for all. Had a career high 30 wins! Crazy showing at the Olympics, too….never count this goalie out. (remember – he’s only in his 3rd year in the NHL)
  • Saku Koivu – really showed his worth in numerous ways during the second half of the season. I would like to see him sign again, even if Teemu Selanne doesn’t. He’s an asset to this team and I hope the organization knows it.
  • James Wisniewski – well, I think he wants more money than he’s worth, if rumors are to be believed. I’d rather the Ducks sign a veteran D man, especially since it looks like Niedermayer will retire.
  • Curtis McElhinney – Mac showed a lot to the fans when he had to step into goal for Hiller. As much as I want Timo Pielmeier as our #2, I’m just as happy to have Mac. As long as Mac continues to understand he is the #2, this is a good thing. I don’t want another goalie issue next season…..”win and you’re in” BS.
  • Joffrey Lupul – can someone PLEASE trade this fool??? On the IR means he isn’t a ding to the cap, but just knowing he’s there and supposedly “recovering,” makes me see red. Interesting thing is Twitter….it shows the fans what you are REALLY doing when you are supposedly “recovering.” TRADE!

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.

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2 comments for “Anaheim Ducks Get Into The Swing Of Things”

  1. It’s going to be an interesting summer with the prediction of the salary cap going down. And I must admit it’s a little weird to be in the playoffs with the Coyotes and Kings instead of the Ducks and Stars. Thanks for all your contributions this year! Talk to you after the draft?

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | April 15, 2010, 1:07 pm
  2. Well, if you think its weird for YOU! LOL

    I’m probably going to the draft, so this should be interesting!

    Posted by DuxroxNo Gravatar | April 15, 2010, 6:05 pm

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