Lets be honest, the top 8 in the West are going to start to run away and leave 9-15 behind. Every team that the Ducks can catch is starting to play the best hockey of there season. The weird thing is, is that the Ducks have all that talent, so there should be no excuse for them not to make it. There goalie has just been awful for once. They will bounce back next year for sure.
Lets. Starting with this gem: "signed Selanne who is too old to compete..".
-42 games, 18+17=35, full season pace about 35+35=70, signed for 2.625M$.
Or maybe this: "Niedermayer who is worse than average right now".
-Niedermayer led all defensemen in scoring in January and was named the 2nd star of the month among all NHL players.
Wanna know what those numbers are? They are point totals of the Canucks during Burke's tenure. He took one of the bottom dwellers of the league and made them one of the best.
You, again brilliantly, summarized his tenure there like this: "they just started to recover from that wise management."
I'm not particularly impressed by your performance.
1. Most of Selanne's points comes from PP. He is still valuable in that department. However, you do not see much of Selanne in the 3rd.
2. Niedermayer is expected to be the best in this league. Getting ONLY 2nd star of the month is shame. Not worth his contract.
3. Concerning those point totals. It is pretty easy to empty the farm for ready-to-contribute players. Vancouver can easily do that now - trade Hodson for Alfreadsson, for example, and you'll see immediate impact. However, it is not the way successful teams are running. That is why it is so hard to have continous success over several years.
They were in 4th place in the west in early december and all of the sudden they fallen down to 9th. It seems like the losses will continue to pile up until they fall to 10th or 11th place. They have a horrible points percentage (21st in league) and they have been losing to teams at the bottom of the standings. What has happened to them besides the obvious? I mean on paper they shouldnt be this bad. Will they revive or miss the playoffs this year?
They don't play hard, they coach no longer gets through to them, poor depth, Morrison epic fail, Giguere not himself.
On the bright side we can unload some of our UFA vets to teams wanting championship experiance, and hopefully use the draft to restock, and our capspace to be better next year
There's still time left for Anaheim to straighten things out and get into the postseason.
But there's a chance that this year only 1 of the last 6 teams to play in the finals will make the playoffs. Detroit is a sure bet while Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Anaheim, Carolina and Edmonton could all end up on the outside looking in.
Makes you really appreciate the perennial playoff teams, as few as there are.
That's probably a good thing now that you have established that powerplay goals don't actually count, average NHL defensemen get 1st star of the month all the time and that prospects are more important for teams than standings.