Ducks at the All Star break

Posted: 01/26/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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Our guys capped a phenomenal nine consecutive game point streak with a 1-0 RT loss in Dallas. The effect of this game is to bring most of us back down to earth. Still, 8-1-1 ain’t too shabby.  It isn’t enough to make GM Bob Murray lower his trade flag. As he told the L.A. Times Helene Elliott the other day,
“Like I said then, the guys are going to show me who wants to stay here and who doesn’t,” he said. “I’ll keep watching. There’s no time frame on anything. It’s a long time between now and the deadline. We’ll see where this goes.”

Murray repeated his, “I’m not trading Teemu” meme. Francois Beauchemin signed a new 3 year contract for a reported $10.5million. No doubt Beauch left some money on the table to stay here. Scratch his name off the trade list as well.Eric Stephens’ writing in the OCR suggests that Lubomir Visnovsky and Toni Lydman are pieces other teams will covet if our Ducks fall out of playoff contention. That’s quite a statement for the usually cool and objective Iceman. Fall out of playoff contention? Really, lol.
There are of course the daily unnamed source rumors posted everywhere. These include Teemu to San Jose because Selanne once played for the Sharks. Getzlaf and/or Ryan to Toronto so they can renew their respective man crushes on Brian Burke. Saku Koivu will be joining his brother in Minnesota. Eklund must have missed Saku’s numerous public statements that he has no interest in competing with his brother for a roster spot. Jason Blake and Niklas Hagman are headed to every team looking for depth scoring.

Now for a reality check. Ryan Getzlaf or Bobby Ryan aren’t likely to be going anywhere before the trade deadline. The reason is that we’re not likely to get market value for any of them until the off-season.
Based upon the season’s each is having, their respective NTC’s, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to one or both of Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu back next season.

This leaves the usual suspects of vets who don’t figure into our longer term plans as trade bait going toward the deadline. They include Toni Lydman, Niklas Hagman and Jason Blake. In other words don’t expect any blockbusters from Bob Murray until the off-season.

  1. czhokej says:

    It’s unfortunate, Dallas was beatable, and we missed the opportunity to get closer.

  2. czhokej says:

    Somehow, I am against any trades. The focus #1 should be to change Getzlaf and to make him and effective player. With that single change, we could make the play-offs.

  3. bbdux93 says:

    And lots of help from the Hockey Gods 🙂

  4. BackCheck says:

    Hey Guys, I was wrong to declare our Ducks the “best of the worst” after they beat the Islanders, Blue Jackets and Oilers during the winning streak. Fact is, looking at the overall standings, there are eight teams that qualify in the worst category. Montreal, 23rd overall with 47 points, currently leads in the best of the worst category. The loss to Dallas didn’t cost us 13th place in the West or 28th Overall; but as cz points out, we missed an opportunity to get closer.
    Interesting to note that no Western teams stand between our 28th place Ducks and the 23rd place Habs. Perhaps the immediate goal of truly leading the pack of worst teams would have been more appropriate than climbing back into the pack of playoff bubble teams.
    As L.A. Times Helene Elliott reported, Bob Murray said on Monday, “They look like they’re having some fun, which is nice to see. Good for them. It’s got to be a lot more fun down in that dressing room.”
    Maybe we started to have a little too much fun. Certainly, all of us have been looking for this team to validate our faith in them. As Murray noted, “You believe there’s a decent team there. I never said there’s a Stanley Cup team there, but you felt there was a decent team,” he said. “Nice to think that you weren’t totally crazy.”
    Upon arrival in Dallas, Bruce Boudreau skipped a practice and took them bowling. ffe155 called Coach out on it in this post. Maybe there is some nexus between the bowling and the team’s inability to get one past Lehtonen and maybe not. I do think the team and all of us got a bit ahead of ourselves though. ffe155’s main point is that we got a tad too loose. We started feeling better about ourselves than we deserved or had earned the right to feel.

    I sensed that game was a trap. It was just a gut feel without supporting evidence. In hindsight I get it. We were patting ourselves on the back before we earned it. As Bobby Ryan said,
    “Our goal going into this was to win out before the All-Star break,” Bobby Ryan said. “We talked about it. That was something we were setting our sights on. So to be three-quarters of the way there with one game left is an important feeling.

    “I think we’re starting to narrowly push at it. We’ve got a tough task ahead of us. Every two points going forward is going to be monumental.”

    In sport we call that looking too far ahead. To that I plead guilty.

  5. czhokej says:

    I do not believe that an additional practice would make a big difference. Sometimes players respond very well to some rest. We outplayed Dallas in every category except the final score. We outshot them (and if I try to be funny – we scored the only goal of the game).

    • BackCheck says:

      LOL, good one cz. Yeah, I hear ya on one practice not making a big difference. The bowling trip, amid all the other backslapping, seemed to be celebrating before the team had actually achieved its goal of winning out before the All Star break. Also agree that we played well enough to win that game. What we didn’t do is score enough to win that game.

      The time for excuses is well past over for this team. It’s do or get traded.

  6. czhokej says:

    I forgot to mention in the last sentence “…except the final score”.

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