Anaheim Ducks: It’s Time for the Franchise to Make a Hard Decision

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 03: Anaheim Ducks Head Coach Dallas Eakins behind his players on the bench during the first period of a game against the Arizona Coyotes played on October 3, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 03: Anaheim Ducks Head Coach Dallas Eakins behind his players on the bench during the first period of a game against the Arizona Coyotes played on October 3, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – NOVEMBER 03: Hampus Lindholm #47 and Erik Gudbranson #6 of the Anaheim Ducks talk during the second period of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on November 3, 2019, in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) /

It’s Time to Make the Hard Decisions

Alternatively, the Anaheim Ducks could avoid trade talk. After all, this has been a 17-game sample, and after so many years of trading away goal scorers it should be apparent that the Ducks administration doesn’t want to concern themselves with that side of the game. Remember, Kyle Palmieri was once traded because he would likely score too many goals in the future— Bob Murray’s quote, not mine. Perhaps this lack of scoring is all part of the plan.

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The Ducks are a top 5 team for goals against, and that has long been the defining feature of a Murray led team. Watch the netminder play hockey. It can certainly be said that he hired the right coach for that style of play as well. Dallas Eakins’ “swarm” defense is one of the worst innovations in the history of hockey, and while it is only early days, the current set up may supersede that. The recent acquisition of Gudbranson further increases the chances of the netminder getting slammed with rubber.

In effect, the Ducks have seen a marked increase in shots against, and subsequent scoring chances, since his arrival. Given Gudbranson’s minutes are rising in direct correlation with that increase in shots against (and a subsequent decrease in Ducks scoring), we can certainly assume that the coach has bought in Murray’s ethos.

So, what say you fans? Talk to me. Tell me what you want. Tell the franchise what you want.

Do the Anaheim Ducks make a trade while the perceived value is high, and shoot for the stars? It would be admitting that their youth movement they’ve so heavily hyped, was indeed overhyped, yet it would also be a method to deal from a position of strength to take away a clear disadvantage on the roster. Do they sit tight and lets things play out as they may? It has, after all, only been a short sample for them to analyze. Do they finally remove the General Manager and Head Coach, and thus beginning a new era in Anaheim? There are questions, and now at the 17 game mark, it may be time for the franchise to make a hard decision.

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