As reported by Eric Stephens, “”After the trade deadline, I thought some of the guys were relieved not to be traded and their desperation dropped off a little bit,” said Bob Murray.
This blog has noted the same thing a handful of times. We’ll never get the chance to followup with Mr. Murray because of our Ducks policy of refusing the free media access. The official policy of our Ducks is to exclude the blogosphere in favor of controlled corporate media.
In the matter of this blog, I’ve never asked for a seat in the press box. I only asked for access and participation in the post game media scrums and other press conferences. But I digress.
Murray continued, “A few of them let me down. I have to be honest.” It wouldn’t be any deep secret to name the few though Ice never goes there in his report.
Ryan Getzlaf struggled through his second consecutive disappointing season. This is the guy who was going to lead us back to the Cup. Lubomir Visnovsky and Toni Lydman never properly rehabbed following surgeries and each battled through the effects all season. Saku Koivu was as smooth and heady as always but his production is in decline. Scoring from the back line is down by nearly half in year to year comparison.
Bob Murray is challenged in the art of communication. The all too rare times he does speak, it’s refreshing to know that we’re on the page.
In other news via NHL Trade Report e-blast Ice is reporting that Swedish goalie Viktor Fasth has signed a one way contract with our Ducks. The Ducks have not confirmed as of this posting. If accurate and Ice always has his facts right, Fasth will serve as Jonas Hiller’s caddy next season.
Dan Ellis likely won’t be resigned.
Fasth was 23-21 this season for AIK in the Swedish Elite League during the regular season with 2.12 GAA and a .931 save percentage. We’ll get our first chance to see him in upcoming World Championships. Fasth is expected to backstop Team Sweden following his dominating performance at the same tourney last year.