This is Anaheim Calling to the Hockey World...have you seen the Ducks? No seriously, we can't find them. We've looked everywhere. In the cushions of Bob Murray's couch, the ashtray in Randy Carlyle's car, and even Los Angeles, because they can't exactly show their faces in Orange County anymore. Oh the sky is most certainly falling. Arthur suggested, in a recent guest column, that the Ducks should save Teemu Selanne from this hurtful, hurtful situation and trade him to Winnipeg. I think we should trade Bobby Ryan. Ok, that's not really new. But it's gotten to the point where the fans and the press are tired of digging up the little positives.
The numbers are staggering. The Ducks have dropped six in a row, and have only one win in their past 13 games. They are one point away from being the bottom team in the Western Conference, and ten points out of the last playoff spot. The deficit seems almost insurmountable. The hopeful will say we've overcome bad stretches before, and will overcome this one. They cynics will say this was an inevitability on a roster that was lacking in depth and desperately needed some heart. Under normal circumstances, I'm sure I would fall into the latter category.
However, today will be a day for new approaches. I haven't done a gameday all year, and I don't want to talk about what the Ducks should or shouldn't do. The purpose of this thread is to cleanse ourselves of all the bad magumbo. As such, all I want to say is that I love hockey. I love watching the sport, and especially love watching the Ducks. I like coming to gamedays and annoying the hell out of all of you :) A bad season of hockey is still better than no hockey, and I get to watch the games on TV, which means I'm not wasting money.
I have plenty of opinions about what's wrong with the team, the organization and Bobby Ryan. But, today I watch hockey, and I hope the Ducks PLAY hockey. I would like that, and I think, or at least hope, all of you will as well. So, forget the analysis. Don't worry, about the bone head plays, and hope something amazing happens. Yeah, that's all I want: to sit on the edge of my seat in anticipation, waiting for something amazing to happen. Here's to hockey, and one more to the Ducks.