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Talking Ducks, Canes and HHOF

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• An educated guess: If the Anaheim Ducks continue to struggle, don’t be surprised if Randy Carlyle winds up as the leading candidate to replace Ron Wilson as Leafs coach at the end of this season. And GM Bob Murray has to be regretting the three-year extension he gave Carlyle late last season… Strange thing about the Ducks: They had the consensus best line in hockey coming into this year — Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan — and yet are the lowest-scoring team in the Western Conference.

• WIth Pat Quinn co-chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame committee and Burke now among the voters and the board-room voices, you have to know that if Pavel Bure remains out of the Hall, it will be because Quinn and Burke don’t want him there. If Cam Neely’s short career was considered Hall of Fame worthy, you can’t keep Bure out.

• From the department of Life Ain’t Fair: Carolina GM Jim Rutherford spent his off-season signing ex-Leaf Tomas Kaberle, who bombed in Boston, and ex-Leaf Alexei Ponikarovsky, who bombed in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, and he got a four-year extension for his work. Meanwhile, coach Paul Maurice may not last the next four days trying to coach these stiffs.

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