Anaheim Ducks Raise, Call, Fold: The Return of Randy Carlyle

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DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 15: Head coach Randy Carlyle of the Anaheim Ducks watches the action from the bench against the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at Little Caesars Arena on January 15, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Anaheim 3-1. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Should Randy Carlyle return to the Anaheim Ducks? Today, we discuss that, and more, in a game of raise, call, fold.

Let’s face it, the Anaheim Ducks offseason has been a snooze fest! Nothing of significance has happened aside from the organization naming Dallas Eakins as their next head coach, but we all saw that one coming from a mile away. We’ve been waiting, begging, for something interesting to happen. Nevertheless, a quiet offseason might be just what the doctor ordered after the dreadful 2018-19 season.

Regardless, it’s been rather disappointing to watch every other team in the NHL make exciting moves that will hopefully make their team better in the long run. Our outlook will likely change once the season begins. So, in order to combat these offseason blues, we’re bringing back one of our favorite games: raise, call, fold.

If you aren’t familiar with the game of raise, call, fold, or need a reminder, here’s a break down of how things work. Each of our contributors has been presented with the same four statements about the Anaheim Ducks. They will then use their best judgment to and choose to either raise, call, or fold.

“Raise” means they agree with the following statement. If they answer “call”, they are undecided or torn. “Fold” means they disagree completely. To back up their reasoning, they will each explain their thoughts on the statements at hand. We encourage you to play along!

The staff at Pucks of a Feather will respond to the following four statements:

1. Dallas Eakins will lead the Anaheim Ducks to the playoffs during his first season as head coach.

2. Despite being relieved of his coaching duties last season, Randy Carlyle should still be given the job he was promised in the front office.

3. The Anaheim Ducks are putting too much confidence in “the kids” going into the 2019-20 season.

4. Bob Murray made the right choice by not making any bold moves during free agency.

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