On the Anaheim Ducks …
Eric Stephens of the OC Register: The Ducks were 19th in scoring this year averaging 2.82 goals per game, and were only able to score four goals in their four games against the Sharks.
Overall, their roster lacked speed, which was exposed by the Sharks.
With only adding Jason Chimera and Chris Kelly at the trade deadline, GM Bob Murray showed he wasn’t overly confident that they could make a long playoff run.
They have to look at moving out some under-performing veterans and get younger and faster. Is Murray able to do this with the contracts of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler on the books?
On the Anaheim Ducks with a little Calgary Flames …
Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports: Elliotte Friedman was on Sportsnet 960 and was talking about Anaheim Ducks and how they came unglued in the playoffs. They could make some changes. GM Bob Murray is usually aggressive if he thinks they are in a position, and he didn’t do much at the deadline.
“I think there’s a couple of really interesting ones there. I’d be surprised if Murray was out. I’ve got to think they’re thinking coaching. I’ve also got to think they’re – in goal, John Gibson is a really talented guy. He gets hurt a lot. That’s a tough one.
‘“And I wonder about Corey Perry. He’s got a no-move clause. He controls the situation. But I wonder if they would ever consider it. I mean, he might need a fresh start. He doesn’t look great. He was not making great decisions at all in the playoffs. He was taking terrible penalties.”
Friedman adds that the Ducks could use to free up some salary cap space. wouldn’t trade Gretzlaf and Kesler needs to get fully healthy. Would they talk about trading Perry?
With the 960 host from Calgary wondering about Perry playing with Johnny Guadreau and Sean Monahan, Friedman adds that they are a team that could probably work. Perry is owed $8.625 million for three more years, and maybe the Ducks could retain some salary. Would Perry want to go there?