The Anaheim Ducks had an injury filled regular season and seemed to be the ‘experienced’ pick to win the cup by many. Much like the Kings, the Ducks were swept. Although these were not one goal games,
Anaheim was smoked in this series and their age showed. Ryan Getzlaf was -4 with 18 penalty minutes, after just 17 goals in the regular season, Corey Perry didn’t get a point and was -5, and Ryan Kesler looks like he is held together by duct tape as he does not move the way he once did. All 3 of those guys will take up over $22 million of the Ducks cap until 2021. On the bright side, Rickard Rakell lead the Ducks with 69 points in the regular season and that should continue for the next few years.
The strength of the ducks is on the back end, Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson are one of the best defensive pairings in the league and are both signed long term. Brandon Montour should some inexperience in the playoffs, but his smooth skating gets him out of a lot of trouble and he will be in the Ducks top 4 for years to come. John Gibson was the main reason the Ducks made the playoffs and will be an RFA at the end of next season and probably due for a significant raise.
After being swept by San Jose while having home ice advantage, the Ducks seem like they need a major change. Out of Getzlaf, Perry and Kesler. Getzlaf is the only player who would garner any interest in a trade, but that is not happening. Perry and Kesler might get you a little bit although there is no way a team agrees to that without Anaheim eating salary. This seemed like the last year for the Ducks to try to make a run at a Stanley Cup but once again, their season ends in disappointment. The only thing that is different about this season, people are seeing the finish line with this core group Anaheim currently has.
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