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Looks Like A Buffalo/Anaheim Trade Is Close

 

 

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Video- Scott Niedermayer’s #27 Goes To The Rafters In Anaheim

Well deserved.

via Sportsnet,

 

 

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High Price To Pay At The Deadline Plus The Issues With The Anaheim Ducks

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- ... A year ago, the lead trade suspect around the NHL was Rick Nash, and Sweeney outbid all suitors with a package that included a first-round draft pick, defensive prospect Ryan Lindgren, along with Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner. A year later, from Boston’s perspective, the art of the deal was offloading Spooner and Beleskey, a pair of wingers once thought to be essential offensive elements (they combined for 59 goals while wearing the Spoked-B). Today they are Exhibit A: addition by subtraction.

Nash was the real deal and, by market standards in recent years, worth the goods that Sweeney yielded. For about two weeks. Until Nash was dealt yet another concussion, this one ultimately proving to be his express pass to retirement. So it goes in the caveat emptor world of deadline deals. Right deal, wrong outcome, reminiscent of the 1994 deadline swap that had then-GM Harry Sinden plucking Al Iafrate from Washington for Joe Juneau....

- ... What happened? By Murray’s eye “lack of emotion” has been the culprit. By an outsider’s eye, the Ducks’ Big Three look like toast.

Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Ryan Kesler are all age 33-plus, each closing in on 1,000 games, and each with high-priced, no-move deals for at least two more years (three for Kesler). To be fair, Perry has just returned, post-surgery, after tearing up a knee in the preseason. If he can get back in gear, Perry can move the needle.

But overall, the Ducks are hurting for speed and also lack the talented youth corps that virtually every team now tries to have in on-the-job training. Without the developing ride-a-long component — witness Boston last season with Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen, and this season with Matt Grzelcyk — aging, heavy rosters such as Anaheim’s are destined for a slow roll to nowhere. The Ducks look like they’re getting nowhere even faster.

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A Night Of Firsts For The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

There was a 64-year-old rookie coach behind the bench. There was a 26-year-old goaltender making his first NHL start. There was an early goal and the first lead in weeks. There was not one but two fights, with a couple of 30-somethings throwing hands.

The Ducks sure had a different look about them Wednesday at Honda Center, with Bob Murray adding the coaching duties to his role as general manager after firing Randy Carlyle on Sunday and playing Kevin Boyle in goal after placing John Gibson and Chad Johnson on injured reserve.

Murray asked for more from the Ducks than they had delivered in the final days of Carlyle’s second stint as coach, and they delivered a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks that ended their seven-game losing streak. The Ducks’ win was only their third in 22 games.

“As always, having been through this a bunch of times myself, there’s always a bit of a jolt of energy and emotion, which would be nice because there’s not been much emotion here,” Murray said before the game when asked what he expected. “That would be nice if there was some tonight.”

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Bob Murray On His Team

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

Bob Murray commuted Carlyle’s sentence Sunday morning. Then Murray bit the bullet by becoming the Ducks’ interim coach.

“It was tough putting the skates on again, trust me,” Murray said.

He told the Ducks there were a “lot of good players” wearing the uniform they had been defiling with their recent play.

They have lost seven consecutive games by a total score of 37-6. They have won two games since Dec. 17. They are dead last in the Western Conference and have a league-worst goal differential of minus-55.

Jakob Silfverberg is their goal-scoring leader with 12. He would be the leader of no other team but Arizona.

“There’s been no passion, no pushback, and we’ve always had that,” Murray said. “There are too many guys following, and more people should be leading. That’s why I’m very worried. I need to see it up close in order to get it fixed.”

Indeed, this is the longest period of purely non-competitive play in the Ducks’ history.

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Anaheim Ducks Owners Ask For Patience And Support

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Randy Carlyle Relieved Of His Duties, Bob Murray Will Coach The Remainder Of The Season

from the Anaheim Duckx,

The Ducks announced today that Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the regular season. Head coach Randy Carlyle has been relieved of his duties. Anaheim will begin its search for a new head coach following the 2018-19 season.

"We thank Randy for everything he has done for the organization," said Murray. "Leading the team to a Stanley Cup and three conference final appearances, he has accomplished so much in Anaheim. Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable. We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that."

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Video- Brian Burke On A Few Topics Of The Day

Brian Burke on a few topics including the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.

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‘Dark Clouds” Hanging Over The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

John Gibson stood his ground as Matt Duchene of the Ottawa Senators skated into the attacking zone in the closing minutes of the second period Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre. Suddenly, there was chaos all around the Ducks’ All-Star goaltender.

Duchene scored on a terrific individual effort, driving to the net to give the Senators a two-goal lead en route to a 4-0 victory over the hapless Ducks. Retreating Ducks defenseman Jaycob Megna accidentally leveled Gibson a nanosecond later, while trying to prevent Duchene from scoring.

Gibson remained in goal for the final 1:52 of the second period, but exited the game for precautionary reasons to start the third, yielding to backup Chad Johnson for his fourth consecutive start as the Ducks lost their sixth in a row and the 18th of their past 20 games.

The Ducks fired a season-high 45 shots at Ottawa goalie Anders Nilsson, but couldn’t put one past him despite some of the best pressure they’ve created in weeks. The Ducks were shut out for the second time during their losing streak and held to one goal or fewer for the 20th time this season.

“There are some dark clouds over this team right now,” right wing Corey Perry said. “We’ve got to find a way to get the sunshine back out and play with confidence and have fun again. Hockey is a fun sport to play, but you’ve got to find a way to dig yourself out of it.”

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The Anaheim Ducks Lose Again

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks, who stands 6-4 and weighs 225 pounds, was late in marking him both times. If those were the only lapses in the Ducks’ 4-1 loss to the Canadiens, then it might have been a far, far better night than it was. But they weren’t and it wasn’t.

The Ducks lost for the fifth consecutive game and for the 17th time in their last 19 games because they accomplished little, save for a credible second period that featured Getzlaf’s wraparound goal and Corey Perry’s assist for his first point in his third game of the season.

Once again, the Ducks chased the game.

Once again, they failed to lead at any point.

Once again, they were tentative and uncertain in their play and it cost them another game.

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