GameDay: Anaheim @ Calgary

Posted: 04/06/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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Facts:  Note the 1:00p.m. start. Live on Prime. Audio stream will be available here.

The Stakes: To the players it’s two teams that disappointed face off for the final game of their respective seasons. When nothing more than pride is on the line teams tend to try and entertain the fans.
For the orgs, a Ducks loss combined with a Leafs or Islanders win puts Anaheim in the draft lottery and a shot at the #1 pick in the Entry Draft.

The Skinny: Games like these are decided one of two ways. It turns into an All Star style game where the guys run up the score. More likely though look for a spirited, physical game. Always interesting in games like these is which side will be first to push the envelope and take a few liberties. Such activities usually begin with an elbow delivered up and under the chops. A slew foot, butt end, slash or spear.
The best way to enjoy a game like this is to forget the score and enjoy the battles.

  1. czhokej says:

    Not a great finale to a wretched season. Getzlaf – no SOG, 2 GV, 23% in the FO circle. I am glad that Ryan scored twice, but I have expected him to be around 40 total. Something major must happen during the summer. I would recommend to replace our GM – first.

    • Thanks for kicking it off cz. Since the game ended I’ve been avoiding the sum up. Finally, I just sat down to do it and get it out. Very mixed feelings.
      The game really was a simile on the season. A couple bad goals. A couple bad calls.
      To add insult to injury Ducks lose out on the lottery to the Leafs. Apparently the lottery standings tiebreakers work differently than for the playoff seedings. To get a lottery pick it’s Goal Differential not Regulation Time wins. Is it just me or does anyone feel like the NHL would invent a rule in order to give it the Leafs?
      Well, I’m not thinkin’ tonight just going from the heart.
      Bobby Ryan scored both Ducks goals. It’s the fourth consecutive season Ryan has reached the 30 goal plateau. He joins Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya as the only to have achieved 30 goals or more in four consecutive seasons. One more and he’ll establish a new standard for excellence.
      Former Junior Duck John Keeney has signed to play Div. 1 hockey at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Keeney was an under aged junior in the USHL and earned a full scholarship on his stellar play.

  2. czhokej says:

    We had a chance to end up the season at 50%, and at one point we were only 4 points from the playoff spot. Stamkos had an outstanding year, Malkin was very good, and Perry had some good games too. Goalscorers must shoot the puck, and most of them shoot a lot (Malkin – 339 SOG this season, Stamkos – 303, Neal -329, Perry – 277. The only exception was Curtis Glencross, who had 26 goals and only 110 SOG. That’s an amazing shooting percentage 23.6%. I do not remember why and for whom we traded Curtis (?).

  3. czhokej says:

    Another question: ” Was (is) Burke a good GM or was he just lucky to get Pronger and Scotty (and others) on the same team?

  4. In January ’07, Ducks traded Zenon Konopka, Curtis Glencross and a conditional 7th round Entry Draft pick in 2007 or 08 to CBJ for Joe Motzko, Mark Hartigan and a 4th round ED pick, used to select German goaltender Sebastian Stefaniszin.
    Certainly not one of Brian Burke’s better days.
    Motzko appeared in 3 and Hartigan in 1 playoff game during the Cup run. Each earned a Stanley Cup ring. Hartigan was signed as a UFA and earned a second consecutive ring with the Red Wings Cup team. Both are currently playing in Europe.
    Maybe it’s the white hair but I laughed when Leafs Neighborhood called Burke the “Bill Parcells’ of hockey.”
    Former Leafs goaltending great Johnny Bower once said, “You have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good.” Lesser philosophers have described as the point where hard work and opportunity intersect.
    My take on Burke cz is that he paid his dues and earned his luck. It’s no secret that Scott Niedermayer left money on the table to play with brother Rob. Mom&Dad Nieds might have influenced that decision after watching their sons compete against each other for the Cup in ’03. Credit Burke for making it happen though. A year later Pronger became available and Brian Burke drafted him for the old Hartford Whalers. Burke and Pronger have a history. Again, the opportunity to get Pronger presented itself and Burke had already put in the previous hard work to capitalize.
    I do know that when the Samueli’s acquired our Ducks from Disney, the league strongly suggested they hire Burke as the GM. Burke has earned his respect in hockey circles.
    Burke earned his undergrad degree at Providence where he played for the Friars Div. 1 alongside Ron Wilson. Their coach was Lou Lamoriello. In 1977, Burke played seven games with the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League (AHL). Burke then proceeded to play one full year in the AHL with the Maine Mariners, who won the AHL Calder Cup Championship that year. After one year in the AHL, Burke attended Harvard Law School, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1981.

    I included this for all you young guys who follow this blog. Note that Burke had a serious decision to make in 1977-78. Would he continue his hockey career or pursue an education? After getting a taste of the AHL I suspect Burke realized that his career in hockey would be as a minor league player or journeymen NHL’er. After earning his law degree he worked as an agent for six years until Pat Quinn, also a lawyer, hired him as Ast. GM in Vancouver.

    My take on Brian Burke is that he benefited greatly from the work of others, especially Bryan Murray, but he also worked his cup off putting himself into position.

    And for all you young puckheads eyeing a career in hockey, Brian Burke is an excellent model to follow.

    Parts of this post were copied and pasted from Wikipedia.

  5. czhokej says:

    Brad, thanks for the info. I did not know too much about Burke, but I have warned the Leafs fans that they should not expect a miracle, and for sure no quick improvement (when Brian Burke started there). Burke won the Cup with Randy C. but since that Carlyle’s coaching was full of problems. Was Burke aware of it ? He must have seen some games. I still feel that Toronto deserves better.

    • Randy Carlyle just isn’t our guy cz. I suspect the Cup changed him. He was just different after reaching hockey’s Holy Grail. Before the Cup he defended his players. After the Cup he began blaming them.

      I contacted the Leafs to see if we could get an answer from Burkey on his decision to leave the AHL for Harvard Law School. Hopefully he’ll share his decision making process with us.

  6. bbdux93 says:

    Thank you gentlemen, good discussion on Burke. I have always thought he was the benefit of lots of luck and now see the work he did prior put him at “the intersection of hard work and opportunity”.

    For Ducks fans the intersection was more – Hope – Belief & Dedication to the cause. Would that it will come again.

    • There’s more bb, from;

      At Providence Burke was always the first on the ice for practice and last off, while maintaining a 3.9 GPA his last three years.
      When he graduated, he had two golden tickets in his hand: admission to Harvard Law School and a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers to play for one of their farm teams, the Maine Mariners. He put Harvard on hold, but after a year in minor league hockey, he took a hard look at the depth of the Flyers bench and asked his general manager for advice: “He told me, ‘If you were my son, I’d tell you to go to law school.”

  7. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    Guys, interesting read on on how to get us back on track:

    “Poor starts have doomed Anaheim since it won the Stanley Cup in 2007, and Selanne has always suggested that that’s tied to the brutal training camps of former coach Randy Carlyle. Bruce Boudreau will embark on his first full season with Anaheim, and perhaps a new approach can finally get them off on the right foot”.

    I guess we will have to wait and see how Gabby works with our group and what our GMs brings.

    • Hey Bud, my first issue is the goal or mission of being satisfied with just making the playoffs. should be setting its sites a little higher. The playoffs should be a given.
      To achieve that we have to (1) get bigger down the middle and on the depth lines, (2) find a physically intimidating stay@home D-man, (3) consistent secondary scoring and (4) improve the PP.

      • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

        That is perhaps my biggest concern…not sure when just making the playoffs has become business as usual. Whatever happen to setting your sites for the prize? As I discussed in the previous post per the vent thread:

        “Competing nightly for the goal (Stanly Cup) should be our work ethic…nothing less! Just making the playoffs is not good enough. Any player that just shows up for a paycheck should be traded or released. We have no room for just “good enough”! We cannot afford to accept mediocre hockey as the norm (we have accomplished nothing since the Cup in 2007). Its not OK to play like this!”

        This is the time to make the necessary changes so we don’t fall victim of doing nothing and becoming complacent. However, in this market doing nothing and playing poorly will not sell out games like in Montreal or Toronto, thank God! Nothing irritates me more than fans supporting a failing team, a team that has allowed itself to fail. Case in point: Toronto has not competed for the Cup for over 30 years and they continue to sellout…what message are the fans sending the ownership? It has become business as usual. I don’t want this to happen in Anaheim. IF WE WANT A COMPETITIVE TEAM WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR THINKING AND DEMAND RESULTS! CASH IS KING…IF YOU BUILD A COMPETITIVE TEAM THEY WILL COME!

  8. bbdux93 says:

    you – Thanks for the link – good article. No surprise there as it was written by Curtis Zupe a former OCR sports writer

  9. bbdux93 says:

    Backcheck – Now I know why I saved the Canucks link for later in the day. Very Sad.

    I often say – being a girl – I just don’t understand men. They are wonderful creatures – but a complete mystery to me. I guess the closest I can come to understanding people who are gay – is that it may be easier for them to understand and be close to someone of their own sex. I still think it is sad.

    • Sorry bb. Internet copyright protocols require that a link be posted when you copy and paste from another site. The passage on Burke’s decision between hockey and school was the pertinent part.
      I didn’t read the section on Brendan. When researching something specific I tend to read past that which isn’t relevant.
      But yeah, I don’t understand gay either. I feel that everybody’s right to be gay ends precisely where my body begins. I’m old, fat and even now I still get hit on. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that part of it, lol. It’s like, “You wanna do what? With my what?”
      Two weeks ago at my last physical had to drop trow and lean over the table. I looked over my shoulder and said to the Doc, “Aren’t you supposed to buy me dinner first.” When he stopped laughing he shot back, “I don’t mix business with pleasure.”
      OTOH, I imagine I probably played and showered with a gay or two over the years.
      I don’t know that Brendan Burke’s life was sad. He certainly enjoyed the love and support of his family and the respect of his peers. His death is a tragedy for which words are inadequate.

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