Ducks talking about winning
According to Eric Stephens' notes on yesterday's practice, we're apparently calling out Ryan Getzlaf again. Many people disagree with my position on Getzlaf and stupid penalties, but I have to continue to defend him on this point. Maybe not to suggest that he has some right to misbehave, but rather that we shouldn't be asking a player to both be someone else and be the best version of that someone else. If you want him to play clean, you'll see a lot of bad perimeter passing and no shooting, and I don't know what in Getzlaf's career would imply he's so good on the outside that we need to ask him to get BACK to that. Plus, after watching Joshua Clottey go 12 rounds with Manny Pacquiao, I'm inclined to lessen my expectations of ANY player whose established style in professional sports indicates he's not going to deliver what we're asking.
For anyone who's left this team for dead, tonight is an opportunity to not get swept on the season by the Sharks. That alone is worth the price of admission. If the team can't show any emotion for that, I think we should book up all the April tee times in Southern California just to spite them. Force them to sit at home for a couple weeks and think about what they've done.
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