In praise of Bobby Ryan

In praise of Bobby Ryan
"The biggest thing is just his poise and his hands are unbelievable. I played with [Evgeni] Malkin and [Sidney] Crosby, and those guys are probably the two best in the league. Bobby's hands are right with those guys... He's a superstar in the making, it seems."
---Ryan Whitney, former Ducks defenseman

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Offseason highlights

Just a few more tidbits to feed Ducks fans during the looonnnggg offseason month of August...

How about this for an awesome picture? Ex-Duck Chris Kunitz and his new baby with Lord Stanley's Cup. I love it, although the pic really makes me miss Kuny in a Ducks jersey.

There was an extraordinary article in the OC Register about Duck forwards George Parros and Bobby Ryan visiting Fort Irwin out in the Mojave Desert. Great pictures to boot. Check it out:

Bob Murray has most likely finished up his offseason trades with one last round. Drew Miller and the Ducks' 3rd round draft pick were sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for bruiser Evgeny Artyukhin, whose last name sounds like an attack move in Street Fighter. Mixed feelings about this one. I've heard some bad things about Artyukhin... that he's a goon, that he takes bad penalties, etc. And at 6'5", 270lbs, the guy is a friggin' monster. Ugh.

And then I'm also sad to see Drew Miller go. He may have not been a huge point scorer, but the guy had a heart of gold. Read this story if you don't believe me:

Yours truly has finalized her mini-plan for next season. I'm doing the 15-game pick 'em plan, so I got to choose, more or less, which games I get to go to. First up will be our preseason game against the Coyotes. Looks like I'll be sitting in Row H of any one of three sections throughout the year: 414, 431, and 436. Shout-out to Kyle for hooking that up!

Season tickets are hitting the mail around Labor Day.

Thinking our Ducks roster is more or less set for the 2009-10 season, I updated the pics in the sidebar. Saku Koivu is added, but I'm going to update that pic as soon as we get some press on him in his new Ducks gear. Joffrey Lupul gets an automatic add into the sidebar, seeing as he's been a Duck more than once. As for the new guys (Boynton, Sbisa, McCarthy, Arty, etc.), I'll wait and see what they do on the ice first. I had to remove Chris Pronger and Frankie Beauchemin... but I still cannot remove Kuny. Maybe I will if the Penguins beat our Ducks November 3rd.

So exciting! Hockey is finally getting close enough for me to taste.


SK eleven said...

There is going to be a lot of new faces out there this upcoming season...I can't wait to see what they all bring to the table. I have a feeling the rest of the NHL has no idea how lethal the Ducks are going to be this season!

Chris (aka Duck Fan) said...

Oh, I know! I'm also eager to see how all of our new Ducks will do with new matchups and new linemates. I'm hoping we take everyone by storm this year!

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