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Should Murray Go For It This Year, Or Wait It Out?

As most of you know, the Ducks right now are an average team, at best. It's been an interesting offseason. We've seen our scouting team reach way off the board to draft Swedish defenseman, Hampus Lindholm. We saw Murray sign too big, physical free agent defenseman, we saw Teemu Selanne return for yet another season, and of course, we've seen Bobby Ryan's name swirl around in trade rumors. We haven't made it out of the first round of the playoffs in a little while now. As we know, we have one of the best prospect pools in the NHL right now. We're loaded up on wing prospects and have two very talented, young defenseman. So does Bob Murray go for it this year by trading away some of the prospects for proven NHL players? OR does he hang on to the prospects for one more year while watching a mediocre NHL team? I'll tell you why I think he should go for it after the jump...

1) It could be Selanne's last year. The least Murray could do is send him out on a winning team. After all he's done for this organization, I think it would be a crime to not attempt to get him his second stanley cup. 2)Getzlaf and Perry are in contract years. I know, it's not likely for them to both leave after this season, but there is always that chance. I'd hate to waste the last year of these two awesome players contracts. 3) It would show a commitment to Bobby Ryan. If we trade our prospects instead of him; it'll show him that we are commited to bringing in better players to play WITH HIM. That's what he wants, right? 4) Our crosstown rivals just won. The casual fans are now going over to become Kings fans because of their recent success. It would be a really smart move financially for this organization to put a winner on the ice. 5) Fans hate mediocre. Being mediocre is the worst. It's worse than finishing in last place imo. At least when you finish last, you get a chance at the first overall pick in the draft. Murray owes it to the fans that have sat through the last 4 years of mediocrity. I know we're a budget team, and have to hang on to cheap, young players, but at some point, Murray has to recognize that he has a damn good core in place, and just has to make a couple moves. Such as, acquiring a second line center, a 1st line left winger, a 3rd line left wing (to play with the Finns) If he would for once man up, and make those moves, we could be a REALLY SCARY TEAM. It'd be awfully exciting to see both SoCal hockey teams as Cup Contenders...

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