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In anticipation of the Coyotes three game mini-series with the Ducks which starts today, we caught up with Chris Kober from SB Nation's Duck's site, Anaheim Calling. We asked him three questions; one somewhat humorous, one serious, and one wistful.
1. Which of your two goaltenders are you going to put on waivers for the Coyotes to pick up and win with?
This question made me laugh because it's so ridiculous, then cry because it actually happened, then laugh again because, "Why you Heff to be mad?" But I don't think our goalies are going anywhere. Viktor Fasth was just locked up to a two year extension for decent money, but he's still only played 12 games, so Jonas Hiller still has some time to prove whether or not he's really getting a taste of his own medicine after what he did to J.S. Giguere.
As for the Bryz situation, I'm very torn. On one hand, it was clearly a terrible move for the Ducks not to get anything for him. On the other, I love Bryz and it was good to see him get the starting job he deserved. This is really the only example of "Brian Burke's Moral Code of General Managing," (soon to be published by Random Penguin Books) that got him in so much trouble with the Toronto media, which really applies to us. He was trying to be a good guy and stick by his word, to the detriment of his employer and his career. At the end of the day though, it turns out we have an unlimited supply of talented goalies and it didn't really hurt us that badly, so.... good for you guys, and Bryz.
2. What's the biggest difference between the Randy Carlyle's Ducks and Bruce Boudreau's Ducks?
There are so many, it's hard to pin down one, but I'll go with rolling four lines. In the first few years with guys like Sammy Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen on the team it made sense to line match, but as the roster evolved, Carlyle just rode the big horses more and more. It got to a point where he was playing Ryan Getzlaf upwards of 25 minutes per game sometimes. It was CRAZY.
Boudreau is more keen on giving young guys their shot, and less interested in carrying the Nuclear Deterrent on the end of the bench. As a result, the Ducks have nine players with five or more goals this season. Even more than Viktor's Fasth start, (sorry, couldn't resist) depth of scoring has been the number one reason for their success this year.
3. What is it like being able to cheer for Teemu Selanne every night?
It's amazing. I love Teemu, I have always loved Teemu and I always will love Teemu. I hope he plays until he's 51 and only retires so that he doesn't get beaten up by 94-year-old Gordie Howe for breaking his record.
You can check out my answers to the Anaheim Calling crew's questions over at their site.