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THN’s Tyson Geick cornered Corey Perry for a quick interview. Pears talked about how much fun he was having at Drew Doughty’s Grand Slam for Cancer, looking forward to the Olympics and the Bobby Ryan trade.

Pears called Ryan a good friend and teammate and added, “Everybody will have to step up to replace his 25-30 goals.”

Bobby Ryan set the bar a little higher than Perry seems to remember. Ryan scored 31, 35, 34 and 31 goals in four full seasons as a Duck.

The trade was a salary dump pure and simple.  There’s no way our Ducks are a better team today than we were before the trade. OTOH, could we have kept Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for less than $8+m?

When you add it all up, Ryan’s contract just became too expensive in a declining cap year.

 

Summer is what former Kings GM Dave Taylor called hockey’s financial season. We agree. With money and contracts in mind, we take a look at our Ducks following the Bobby Ryan trade.

Conventional wisdom dictated that if our Ducks were to move Ryan it would be for a 2nd line center, not cap room. If we have come to expect anything from Bob Murray it’s that he is unconventional. In his post trade interview, Murph said “Anytime you can upgrade and make your hockey team better and stronger and deeper, you try to do it….”

Ducks are definitely deeper but the better and stronger parts remain to be seen. Murph didn’t mention team speed but we’re definitely faster regardless of who replaces Ryan.

Cap Status:

In the hours following the Ryan trade, Saku Koivu re-upped for one year at $2.5m about a million less than his previous stipend. Obviously, he left money on the table. Today, Ducks announced RFA Matt Beleskey has inked a 2 yr commitment reportedly to be for $2.7m.
Kyle Palmieri and Teemu Selanne remain unsigned as of this writing. Murph did say he expects to chat with Teemu sometime next week
Per CapGeek, Ducks have 22 players signed with $7.84m in cap space. Palmieri and Selanne will likely cost in the $4.5 -5m range, leaving nearly $3m in the cap float. This represents some hard-earned flexibility going forward.

The Roster:

Coach Bruce Boudreau sets his forward lines identically to how previous coach Randy Carlyle did. Gabby sets two guys together and rotates a third in and out, up and down the depth chart. At the moment, he has exactly two sets of two forwards, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry; Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnick. Everything else is to be determined at camp.

Nick Bonino, Peter Holland and Rickard Rakell resume their competition for the two open center spots. This year they could be pushed by Antoine Laganiere and William Karlsson.

At LW, Emerson Etem, Matt Beleskey and newcomer Jakub Silfverberg will each get an opportunity to make The Twins twosome a go to threesome. Patrik Maroon will also get a look. The Twins enjoyed Devante Smith-Pelly and gave him lots of encouragement two seasons ago. DSP shouldn’t be ruled out of the mix but he is a long shot to break into the top six at this point. Max Friberg will be looking to make an impression.
Kyle Palmieri is currently RFA and will certainly compete for the top spot if and when signed.

On RW Corey Perry is a lock on the top line. Pencil in Andrew Cogliano to remain alongside Koivu/Winnick on the checking line. This leaves two spots open. Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey can play either wing giving Coach options. Devante Smith-Pelly and Brad Staubitz will be looking to earn some TOI. Newcomer Stefan Noesen is eager to move up and could but he’ll probably start the year in Norfolk.

On the back line Ducks will enter camp with a top 7 vying for spots. Write in Francois Beauchemin and Cam Fowler as next season’s TOI leaders. Ben Lovejoy earned a spot among the top 4. Sheldon Souray will keep his role on the PP but could see reduced TOI in ES situations as the season drags on.  Bryan Allen, Luca Sbisa and Sami Vatanen  will compete  for #5-6 spots. Hampus Lindholm could make that decision very difficult.

Ducks are loaded between the pipes with Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth. Rookies Frederik Andersen , John Gibson and Igor Bobkov will likely compete for spots in Norfolk.

Trade bait:

One of Hiller, Fasth or Andersen. Andrew Cogliano, Luca Sbisa.

Needs:

1 top six center, 1 top four D-man

Summary:

Unless a great trade opportunity is presented look for our Ducks to open camp with the current roster. Those who fretted our team had become top heavy are probably having a cow since the Ryan trade was announced.

This team will be in serious trouble if Ryan Getzlaf doesn’t dominate from puck drop in October. A slow start will be a disaster not only on the ice but also reflected in the revenue streams occurring at the gate, on television and in merchandise sales.

Ducks fans can and should expect more from Corey Perry and Cam Fowler in the stat department. Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri look ready to produce 20+ goal seasons. Andrew Cogliano, Saku Koivu, Jakub Silfverberg and Matt Beleskey, Nick Bonino and Peter Holland must provide consistent secondary scoring.

Any additional scoring we get from the blueline and the depth forwards is a bonus.

The goaltending is strong and can overcome defensive lapses and give the team a chance to win most every night. Each of Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth has shown the ability to steal a game our guys really didn’t deserve to win.

Overall it’s way too soon to make a projection or prediction.

Ducks Nation can begin healing those aichin’ breakin’ hearts. The Red Wings have gone up two games to one on Chicago. Even more eyebrow raising is these Wings have outscored the Blackhawks 7-2 in the last six periods of play. Something else the Ducks fans have seen before, Chicago captain, Messier and Selke  Trophy finalist Jonathon Toews has been held scoreless in the series first three games.

Like Corey Perry experienced, Toews is getting his chances. It’s just that Detroit goaltender Jimmy  Howard is stopping him. Nichlas Kronwall and Jonathon Ericsson are also exacting a physical price on for the scoring opportunities Toews gets.

Once again, the officials are clearly favoring Wings at the expense of the Blackhawks. A review of the hi-lite video from last night shows (1) disallowed goal where a Chicago forward somehow interfered with Howard while not making any contact with the Detroit goalie, (2) very quick whistles favoring Howard, not so quick whistles for the Chicago or Anaheim goaltenders, (3) one-sided penalty calling favoring Detroit at the most critical points during the game.

There’s no argument among reasonable people that the quality of NHL officiating has descended to the unbelievable though. It is time for an independent inquiry. One guy qualified to head it is former Duck Stu Grimson. He’s an attorney, and a  respected former NHL player. Most of all he’s well-known and respected for his ethical conduct in his dealings with others.

I don’t suggest, as others have, a criminal conspiracy. I do believe the officiating is poorly executed because there’s a systemic or institutional bias. As every player knows, some players and coaches are simply better at working refs than others. And yes, working the ref is a talent that is executed strategically and opportunistically. I became well-known in every league I ever played in for the “Who me” expression. In a kids game, while a Ref skated my son to the penalty box, he said, “Tell your Dad to help you with that trip because I can never catch him when he does it.”

Every experienced player has learned that sometimes you have to beat bad officiating as well as the opponent. I’m not blaming the refs for our Ducks loss or the Wings wins. What I’m saying is that officiating has become so obviously bad, something must be done to save the integrity of the NHL product.

The noise is coming from fans and Gossip Girl websites so it’s not serious at this point. I get it though. Corey Perry had an off-year and playoff so we should trade Bobby Ryan. Viktor Fasth had abdominal injury so what’s the first thing folks want to do? You got it, trade Bobby Ryan.

The so-called logic here is that we’re fine at forward and need help on the back line. I love declarative statements because there’s just no ambiguity in the shortsightedness. I’m not sure any team in the NHL can afford to lose two top six forwards in the same year.

The other top six forward we’re going to lose is Teemu Selanne. Even if Flash returns he won’t be coming back as a top six, first unit PP, 25 goal scoring near point a per game player. Father time took that Teemu Selanne away from us.

If you’re seriously proposing trading Bobby Ryan you must hope that the promising but still unproven Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri will replace the 55-60 goals that we get from Ryan and Selanne.

Far too often teams make the mistake of weakening an area of perceived strength to improve an area adjudged to be weak. Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi for Ryan Whitney was such a trade. Usually this type of trade only works to the extent you get beat a little differently. The team doesn’t improve overall.

Not only are those pounding TRADE BOBBY RYAN NOW on their keyboards using flawed logic, it’s really dangerous if for whatever reason Etem and/or Palmieri don’t move forward and Teemu shows his age.

Luca Sbisa is a horse of a different color. With Vatanen and possibly Lindholm moving up the depth chart, Luca could easily slip to 7th or lower. No team wants to pay an AHL player $2.175MM.

If we move a top nine forward, the guy most likely to go is Andrew Cogliano. I think that will prove regrettable but Murray will need the cap saving if really does intend to bring Selanne and/or Koivu back.

These Red Wings are little more than Chicago-lite. A smooth skating puck possession team that succumbs under the physical pressure imposed by teams like our Ducks. Noteworthy, these same Wings went 6-4-1 against the NHL’s big  bad three, composed of our Ducks, St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings.

It isn’t just our Ducks that these Red Wings give fits. Frankly, I’m baffled.

Kyle Palmieri says, “They are relentless in their pursuit. (of the puck)” is that it? You can’t hit what you can’t catch? In Wednesday’s game our guys got on top of these Wings often enough to deliver 20 hits in the 20 minutes of the first period. Following the first they caught the Wings with just 12 hits in the second, third and overtime periods combined.

The media is fond to point to Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. The papers are full of stories about how Corey Perry is being kept off the score sheet. Big whoop. For as good as Howard has been, he’s only held our Ducks to less than three goals once in this series. Ducks GF is 16 goals in five games for a 3.20 GFA.

As good as our Ducks offense has been, they haven’t solved Jimmy Howard. He’s just no different from every goalie who’s ever played the game. Get him moving, screen him, force him to give up rebounds and get bodies into the low slot and Howard proves himself to be quite human after all.

Maybe it’s as czhokej shared last night, “Detroit is a very dangerous hockey team.” They have a lot of snipers, one of whom, Henrik Zetterburg has been held off the score sheet as well. Let them hang around and they’ll find a way with their relentless pursuit to make us pay. It isn’t just our Ducks but they’ve beaten our play-a-like teams as well.

Another 4-0 win would be sweet but something tells me these Wings will remain relentless to the final buzzer. Ducks fans don’t care how our guys close these Wings out. We care that they do and the sooner the better.

Note: If our Ducks and the Kings win their respective series, they will meet in the second round of the playoffs.

Old v. New

Detroit has been aging for 20 years and though the transition from Yzerman-Fedorov to Datsyuk (34)-Zetterburg (32) appeared seamless there isn’t a pair of emerging young stars coming up behind the Eurotwins.

Ducks are powered up front by the tandem of Ryan Getzlaf (27) and Corey Perry (27). These Twins were united a decade ago back in Cincinnati of the AHL.

It’s a battle of old Wings looking for more day in the sun against the Ducks emerging stars.

Flash and Dash v. Bash and Smash

These Red Wings are Chicago-lite. They can skate, wheel and execute the pretty plays. While the Ducks have players have skill they wear you down physically before taking you out.  It’s boxer v. puncher.

In this plot the Wings equalizer is long time Ryan Getzlaf nemesis Jordan Tootoo.  The Ducks captain will be challenged to keep his emotions in check.

The Goalies

Jimmy Howard has had a stretch run reminiscent of the 2003 J.S. Giguere. In his last ten games Howard has posted 3 shutouts and GAA of 1.44.

While no announcement has been made I expect Jonas Hiller to get the start. As impressive as Howard’s stats are, Hiller is 2-0 with .963 SP and a GAA of 1 in his last two games. Hiller is a money goalie as his playoff record 7-6 GAA 2.23 SP .942 attests.

Coaching: Tactician v. Motivator

Playoff success eluded Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau in Washington. In Anaheim, he has a more balanced team though.

For many Ducks fans Mike Babcock will always represent the one that got away.  His teams have won the Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold. You can’t argue with success.

Prediction

With two relatively evenly matched teams, they get it done differently but each does get ‘er done, the difference is how well each is organized and the intangibles. Both of these factors weigh in favor of our Ducks.

Teemu Selanne has called this the tightest group he’s seen since the Cup winning team. It is also a healthy hockey team now that Luca Sbisa went full-bore at practice. The vets, including Getzlaf and Perry, know from experience that these opportunities don’t come along every year.

These Ducks are special. Four of them of them, Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu and Sheldon Souray and Toni Lydman recognize that this may be their last best chance to win a Cup. Each is preparing to leave it all on the ice.

Another flock of Ducks, Ben Lovejoy, Matt Beleskey, Nick Bonino, Dave Steckel, Emerson Etem  are successful in large part because their coach has believed in them.

Still another flock, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Francois Beauchemin, Andrew Cogliano are at or near the peak of their careers.

Two factors that can tilt a series are one-sided officiating and hot goal tending. Wings best chance of winning this series is the Ducks lose their cool and Jimmy Howard plays lights out hockey.

If our Ducks have accomplished one thing this season it is that they have risen to every challenge. They pushed the Blackhawks to the longest winning streak to start a season ever. When they had nothing left to play for they pulled themselves and finished strong.

The Wings represent a serious challenge not to be taken lightly. This is the best thing that could have happened to a team that consistently welcomes and responds to challenges.

Ducks in six.

Ducks 4-3 SO win over the Kings was a very entertaining game which is PR code for not exactly perfectly played by either team.

For our Ducks it is a huge win. Our guys dispatched the surging and current Stanley Cup champ AND did so without our best player and captain Ryan Getzlaf .

Who doesn’t believe this morning?

No time to enjoy the win because our Ducks host the Edmonton Oilers and Justin Schultz tonight. You remember Shultzie, he’s the guy Wayne Gretzky told to sign with Edmonton because the Oilers were building a Cup contending team.

 

May as well shout it! We might even meet up with them in the second season.

Gabby’s out selling it, “It’s pretty hard to treat it like another game. It’s the Kings versus the Ducks. And more importantly right now, they’re nipping at our heels for the division championship. They might look 10 points back now, but that can drop in a hurry.” (Yes I cleaned up the quote. Not for F-bombs but for syntax.)

Kings are hot having gone 6-1-1 in their last eight games. So get out your measuring sticks. This is exactly the kind of opponent, current Stanley Cup champ and regional rival, where contenders and pretenders are separated.

Coach is absolutely right. Kings are nipping at our heels. This is an opportunity for our Ducks to make a statement. Kings are heating up at the right time just as they did last year. Are we good enough to push them back in our own barn?

It’s never easy. Our guys could be without Ryan Getzlaf. He’ll be a game time decision.

“I think, and I’ve always thought this, that they’re the best team in the league for us to play against. There’s nothing to sway me from thinking that. They’re a challenge and they’re starting to rev it up. It’ll be a real test.”

This is a game in which the winner earns the right to swagger. Two Stanley Cup contenders meeting in the stretch run.

With or without Getz, it’s time for our Ducks to step up and claim in one voice, “Big Bad Ducks are Back!”

This team is more than a slogan of course. These Ducks can win with speed, skill, goaltending, physicality. These Ducks can shut you down, open it up in  shoot out style pond hockey and anything in between.

You need only your rally cap to be ready for this one.

First, the captain is okay. “He got hurt a little bit, came back out,” Coach Boudreau said. “When he scored the goal I said ‘That’s it for you, let’s rest it here.’ That’s why he went back in to get it iced. He’s sore. He’s going to be OK but he’s sore.”

If you saw the stick Matt Beleskey took to the eye, oh man, I worried he lost his eye. Turns out,  “It’s another black eye for the season, I guess,” Beleskey joked after the game. “It’s all good, just some stitches. I got lucky it didn’t hit my actual eyeball. How it wasn’t a penalty, I guess they missed that one too. It’s part of the game.”

I wasn’t too worried about Getz’ injury because he didn’t twist the knee but rather went back on it a bit. That usually causes more sprain and strain with swelling symptoms. It’s painful as all get out but recovery is measured in days.

It’s when you twist the joint while putting the pressure of your own weight on it is when you suffer the pops that are diagnosed as torn ligaments. So yeah, credit an excellent athletic feat by Ryan Getzlaf and his incredible strength to maintain while all of his momentum was forcing the weight of his body to go against the natural movement of his knee-joint.

I suppose we should all call Getz out for stepping on the stick in the first place, (((DOH))) One second klutz the next he’s Michelle Kwan.

We dodged a couple of bullets tonight.

Taking a few minutes to post up some important info. I expect to be back sometime next week. I will be taking Easter weekend away from the blog for family.
In the meantime has U done a fantastic job of keeping up with the day-to-day job or what? Since this is all volunteer he’s certainly done more than anyone has a right to expect.

Couldn’t help but notice how Pierre Lebrun and this blog are on the same page when it comes to our Ducks. You can see for yourself here and here. Notice my post was published 20 minutes ahead of Lebrun. Obviously a case of fools seldom differ.

So when Lebrun speculated that our Ducks are in the market for a second line center, specifically Stars Derek Roy, it peaked my interest.

Via tsn.ca:

LeBrun:Derek Roy is a guy that they (Stars) have tried to sign over the last couple of weeks and it hasn’t gone anywhere. You start to think if the Stars slip out they might move him. I think they will and the Anaheim Ducks are a team to watch here. They’re looking for a No. 2 centre. People are saying they are going to trade Bobby Ryan after signingCorey Perry. It’s the contrary – they’re keeping Ryan and they want to add a No. 2 centre. Roy kind of fits the bill if they can get a deal done with Dallas.

Stephen Weiss was also a guy that Anaheim would have had interest in but obviously no longer after his injury.

Is this a message to Bonino, Holland and us fans? You bet it is. Make no mistake, our Ducks are going for the Cup this year.

Locking up Getzlaf and Perry before the April 3rd trade deadline was key. Credit the org’s willingness to spend and also credit the new CBA. Our Ducks are expected to qualify for up to $20m in revenue sharing next season, just as The Twins’ new contracts kick in. Credit Henry Samueli for his willingness to invest that revenue sharing money back into operations. He could have used it to pay himself back for years of operating losses. But I digress.

With all that Getzlaf and Perry gossip and speculation out of the way, GM Bob Murray can now focus on acquiring that last piece. The forward Bruce Boudreau identified as the missing piece. More specifically as Lebrun muses that ever elusive second line center.

Derek Roy isn’t the only guy out there though. Other pending UFA’s include Washington’s Mike Ribiero, Patrik Elias, Andy McDonald, Nik Antropov, Matt Cullen, Matthew Lombardi and Danius Zubrus.

Andy Mac would be nice but St. Louis is looking for a Top 4 D-man and we don’t have one to spare. Likewise I don’t see the Wild sending us Matt Cullen or Phoenix shipping Matthew Lombardi.

That leaves, Roy, Ribiero, Elias, Antropov and Zubrus. Of those, Ribero and Elias have the most talent with the gritty Ribiero arguably the best fit on our Ducks. Elias would be a good second choice but at 36 he’s still the leading the Devils in points. He may not become available if the Devils remain on the playoff bubble.

Ribiero would seem to have better chemistry with Bobby Ryan while the slicker Roy and Elias can skate and execute give and goes with Flash.

Antropov and Zubrus bring vet savvy but I’m not convinced either is an upgrade on Holland or Bonino. Holland still has a couple of weeks to make his case.