Some of you might not remember what the blog was like when it first started. Originally, Arthur and I would formulate questions and write different perspectives on it to give the readers as many viewpoints about Ducks' Hockey as we could muster. It was a little like reading Pardon the Interruption. Since Arthur left, the old format has largely been abandoned. I am resurrecting it in order to stir up some old fashioned discussion. We can't just keep waiting for Kid to bake his next Pizza!!
I am calling the new segment on Golden Pond, because I don't write as many posts as I used to, and because I will be seeking out participation from former contributers. Look out for Arthur in the future! On that note, let's get into the post.
DANIEL: The trade deadline has come and gone and we've all had a few games to see the new acquisitions in action. The Ducks have spent their few seasons under Bruce Boudreau at the top of the standings. BB seems to have gotten the team to lock up its third consecutive Pacific Division title. However, in his two trips to the playoffs, he's only managed one series victory-a tight battle with the Dallas Stars.
Robby, you and I have been pretty vocal critics of Murray, but now that all the pieces are in place, what's your take of the Ducks' chances at making a run to the Cup this Spring?
ROBBY: On the balance, I don’t think even Bob Murray’s most ardent critics (guilty) can deny that the team is better after the deadline than it was a week or ten days before. In some ways, it’s addition by subtraction in that Murray found ways to get rid of earlier season mistakes like Rene Borque and Eric Brewer. But since those are problems he himself created, I’m loathe to give him too much credit. Where he does deserve some credit is the acquisitions of Jiri Sekac and Simon Despres, both of whom appear to have been smart buy-low moves. Sekac has shown more offensive upside than I anticipated when we first acquired him, and Despres has been fun to watch so far. So on that front, Murray absolutely made some good decisions.