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Warriors have a true homecourt advantage

Golden State Warriors fansIn sports, playing at home makes a world of difference. Being able to sleep in your own bed, go without the travel, and go through your normal routine is an advantage in sports. For the most part, teams at home perform better. Every team in the NBA had a better record at home than away last season with the Washington Wizards having an even split. Who has the game’s best fans though? Which NBA team’s fans make away teams not want to come back because they can’t hear themselves calling out plays? That distinction goes to the fans of the Golden State Warriors. The fans sell out Oracle Arena and play the role of the sixth man, lifting their own team and making the opposing team’s night a frustrating experience.

Golden State is generally not thought of a hotbed for basketball. They don’t have a rich history like the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics. The area is well-known for possessing the most geniuses per square mile as it is the technology capital of the world. It may not have a storied team history, but Oakland has a rich basketball tradition producing the likes of Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Damian Lillard. Some of the best point guards have come out of the Bay Area but they haven’t won a division title since 1976.

GS warriors fans oracle arenaEntering the 2006-2007 season, Golden State had not had a winning season since the 1993-1994 season. They hadn’t even won more than 38 games. In 2006-2007, led by point guard Baron Davis, the Warriors won 42 games and snagged the eight seed in the West. They played the top team in the West, the Dallas Mavericks, who were heavily favored. The Warriors had other ideas though. Each home game, Golden State fans packed Oracle Arena to full capacity and 19, 596 screaming fans were wearing gold shirts and waving towels. The decibel levels were off the charts, the opposition couldn’t hear themselves and the crowd noise rivaled that of a rock concert. The Warriors upset the Mavericks in six games and Oracle Arena was reborn.

They didn’t get back to the playoffs until two seasons ago and were led by sharpshooter Stephen Curry. When starting power forward David Lee went down early in game one, the Warriors chances were diminished. However, they rallied around their fans and defeated the Denver Nuggets in six games again. Had it not been for some late-game struggles on the road in the second round and Golden State could have made it to the Western Conference Finals.

At a Lakers game, it’s more of a celebrity affair. Countless movie stars, directors, musicians and other celebrities line the courtside at Lakers games. However, the crowd doesn’t play a huge role in Los Angeles. In Oakland, the crowd plays a huge role and the area geniuses don the Warriors colors and cheer on their team in hopes of providing that distinct homecourt advantage.Chris M.

Dodgers Clayton Kershaw MVP

Should Clayton Kershaw be MVP?

The subject of a pitcher winning the Most Valuable Player award is always highly controversial. Much like the subject of putting a player in the Hall of Fame in their first year on the ballot, there’s always the small amount of voters that will never vote for a player the first time around. The Most Valuable player award typically revolves around the definition of “valuable”. While many voters get caught up in the concept of value, others will simply vote for the best player.

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Clayton KershawWhen it comes to Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers have clearly the most valuable player and the best player. While it’s obvious to anyone who’s closely watched Kershaw’s performance and the Dodgers this season that Kershaw is far and away the best candidate for NL MVP, many voters still seem to be leaning toward Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins outfielder is a tremendous talent who’s had a wonderful season, but his numbers aren’t historically dominant like Kershaw, nor is his team anywhere near a playoff contender.

Will they give the award to Stanton? Right now it seems like it’s 50/50.

It shouldn’t be.

The impact of Kershaw on the Dodgers, for anyone that has observed the team closely this season, goes well beyond the impact of the lefthander when he pitches. The way Kershaw approaches the game, his work ethic and professionalism, set the tone for the entire organization. He’s the true definition of a “stopper”, someone who can turn the tide of a small losing streak or a poor patch of play with his absolute dominance. Of Kershaw’s 17 victories, 9 of them have come in days immediately following a Dodgers loss. It’s testament to the left-hander’s ability to avoid losing streaks and continually keep the Dodgers from minor skids.

The impact of Kershaw on the bullpen cannot be exaggerated. Beyond closer Kenley Jansen the Dodgers have struggled in the pen this season. In a long major league baseball season bullpens can be taxed with overwork, something that can have a trickle-down effect on the performance of the team. In 17 starts dating back to June 2 Kershaw has either pitched a complete game or 8 innings 13 times. In the other four starts he’s gone seven innings. In those 17 starts the Dodgers bullpen has only had to pitch 15 innings, an incredibly factor when it comes to how fresh they are.

MVP Clayton KershawWhether you base your vote on the “Most Valuable” player or the best player, Clayton Kershaw is the choice in both categories. Giancarlo Stanton is a massive talent who’s had a great season, but his performance is by no means historical in relation to some of the performances that players like Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout have put up in recent seasons. Based on recent history the fact that the Marlins will not make the playoffs and likely not even finish with a winning record will likely cause the typical non-pitcher MVP voters to cast a ballot for Kershaw.

Kershaw will likely sew up the MVP if he wins 20 games and the Dodgers secure a playoff berth. With two upcoming series versus the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers are far from a certainty to win the division, although the wild card is likely a foregone conclusion. Kershaw will have four and potentially five upcoming starts two win three games. His next three starts are versus San Diego, Colorado and Chicago, three offensively challenged teams that will give the lefthander a very good shot to win 20 games for the second time in his career.

The Cy Young is a foregone conclusion—Kershaw is well on his way to his third victory in four seasons, all at the age of 26. An MVP award should soon follow. BY: Chris M.

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Toughest Games for Lakers in 2014-2015 Schedule

The Los Angeles Lakers are entering a 2014 – 2015 season full of mysteries and question marks. Will this be the season the Lakers will manage to bounce back? Will Kobe be back at his 100 percent and how will the new stars of the team end up performing? Let’s have a look at the most significant games of the 2014 – 2015 regular season for the Lakers.

Lakers vs Rockets
The Lakers start the season with a tough game against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, in the Staples Center on October 28. Kobe Bryant and his company will try to achieve a statement victory. The Lakers will once again host the Rockets on January 25. The only meeting between the two teams in Houston will take place on November 19. Lakers Vs Rockets Tickets

Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Lakers will host Lob City on October 31 and this will be a great test for them. The Clips are once again entering the season as strong title contenders while the Lakers will be looking to just make it to the playoffs. On April 5 the Lakers will once again play against Lob City with their championship banners raised. The Clips will be the ones to host their city-rivals on January 7 and April 7. Lakers Vs Clippers Tickets

Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Kobe will play against his buddy, LeBron James but this season, The Chosen One will be wearing the wine and gold once again. The Lakers will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 15. The two teams will square off against each other once again in Cleveland on February 8. The Cavs are the obvious favorites for the victory in both meetings. Lakers Vs Cavs Tickets

Lakers vs Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers will host the Los Angeles Lakers on January 5 and then again on February 11. Portland will enter the 2014 – 2015 season with many improvements on its roster. The Lakers will take on Rip City at home on January 11 and April 3. Lakers Vs Blazers Tickets

Lakers vs Thunder
One of the toughest opponents for the Los Angeles Lakers will be the OKC Thunder. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and their company are looking to make it to the NBA Finals once again. The first meeting between the Lakers and the Thunder comes on December 19 in the Staples Center and the second one on March 1, once again in LA. The Thunder will host the Lakers on March 24. Lakers Vs Thunder Tickets

Lakers vs Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have established themselves as a powerhouse in the Western Conference. The Los Angeles Lakers will try to take the Splash Brothers and their company down on November 1, in the Oracle Arena. LA will once again play against the Dubs on November 16 and on December 23, in the Staples Center. On March 16, the last meeting between the two teams will take place in Oakland. LAKERS Vs Warriors Tickets

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Lakers 2014-2015 Preseason Announced

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Lakers Announce 2014 – 2015 Preseason Schedule!
The Lakers announced their schedule of 2014 preseason games which will include the Golden State Warriors on Oct 9th and the Utah Jazz on Oct 19th at the LA Staples Center. The rest of the Lakers preseason will be spent on the road where they open up against the Denver Nuggets on Oct 6th in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center. The Lakers and Warriors square off on Oct 12th in Ontario at the Citizens Business Bank Arena then the Utah Jazz at the Honda Center.

The last three games Lakers preseason games are at the Honda Center against the Phoenix Suns, back to Ontario where they face the Blazers on Oct 22nd then off to Las Vegas where the play the Sacramento Kings at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Los Angeles Lakers 2014 – 2015 schedule preview
The Los Angeles Lakers have made lots of changes this summer. They will be a different team in 2014 – 2015 and hopefully, they’ll do better than the previous season. The Western Conference will be highly competitive for yet another season, and the Lakers’ schedule includes lots of very difficult games. LA’s main target will be a playoff berth. The Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers will be the top contenders from the West. The Lakers will be fighting for a playoff ticket so they will fight against teams like the Phoenix Suns, the Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies for a spot within the top eight ones.

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Off Season Moves For The Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim Ducks TicketsAfter finishing with the second best regular season record in the National Hockey League but losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Kings the Anaheim Ducks realized they needed to upgrade the center position in the offseason. In the second round series loss versus the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Kings the Ducks were overmatched at the center spot on the second through fourth lines. Looking to upgrade the position the Ducks struck aggressively the day before the NHL draft by trading for former Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler. Kesler, who had requested a trade earlier in the 2014 season, was one of the top trade targets in this year’s NHL offseason. The Ducks dealt forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th and 85th overall pick in the NHL entry draft. In return the Ducks received Kesler and Vancouver’s 2015 third round pick.

The Ducks gave up some talented players and draft picks but returned an elite plakyer in Kesler. He’s one of the better two-way players in the NHL and a former winner of the Selke Trophy, given annually to the top defensive forward in hockey. In addition to winning the Selke in 2011 Kesler has finished in the top five in the Selke voting on three other occasions. The 29-year-old Kesler, a native of Livonia, Michigan should be the perfect second-line center to provide goal scoring and grit behind the Getzlaf/Perry line. He’s scored more than 25 goals four times in his NHL career, including a 41 goals season in 2010-2011. Overall Kesler has notched 182 goals in his nine-season career.

In dealing Sbisa the Ducks gave up on a once-promising prospect and former first round draft pick who’s battled injuries the last few seasons. In order to get a player the caliber of Kesler they had to relinquish some talent, including dealing Bonino to a division rival. Bonino had the best year of his professional career this past season, scoring 22 goals and registering 49 points.
The trade is cap friendly for Anaheim since Kesler still has two years left on his contract with a salary cap hit of $5 million per season. If Anaheim can get the production out of Kesler that he had in Vancouver he’s well worth the price. The Ducks badly needed a second center like Kesler to make a deep playoff run and contend with a talented Western Conference that includes the defending champion Kings, a talented Chicago Blackhawks team and a big and physical St. Louis Blues club. With Kesler in the fold they should be favorites to contend for the Pacific Division and top record in the Western Conference once again.

In addition to trading for Kesler the Ducks also had the tenth pick in the NHL draft, selecting forward Nick Ritchie of the Peterborough Petes. Ritchie is an imposing winger, with size ready-built for the NHL. Ritchie has a reputation as a tough and skilled forward, someone who can potentially be a power forward in the future. In 61 games with the Petes this season Ritchie scored 39 goals for a total of 74 points. The big forward likely won’t arrive in Anaheim for a couple of seasons, but should give the Ducks a big goal-scorer when he does.

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How much can Kobe Bryant help the Lakers next season?

The leader of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, will be back this season. And not only will he be healthy but he is determined to help his team do much better than it did in 2013 – 2014. The Lakers failed to land another superstar so Kobe will now have to take the biggest chunk of the offensive load next season.

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And that’s something he can do.

Kobe Bryant Inspirational Quotes

The Lakers will be a different team next season and they will also have a new head coach, Byron Scott. He and Kobe know each other very well. Now, after two disappointing seasons under Mike D’Antoni, Kobe will have a unique chance to emerge as the clear leader of the team and lead it to a better course.

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After spending the biggest part of last season sidelined due to an injury, Kobe Bryant is now fully healed and ready to go. In fact, he recently pointed out that he could be playing at his full speed even if the season started today

Kobe Bryant Inspirational Quotes

The Lakers will really need the Black Mamba to be at his best as soon as the season commences. Apart from what he brings to the table with his performance, Kobe is a superstar presence, a driving force for the rest of the group. He is always capable of motivating his teammate and he does that by giving 110 percent of himself every time he steps foot on the court.

Kobe Bryant Inspirational Quotes

With no second superstar on his side, Kobe will have to play as well as he has ever done over the course of the last few years. Although he is aging and in fact, gradually entering the last years of his career, Kobe can still be a true difference maker for the Lakers. And he will be exactly that guy.

Kobe Bryant Inspirational Quotes

Since 1996 Kobe Bean Bryant has been amazing Lakers and true NBA fans everywhere with his play and both physical mental toughness. I saw one of Michael Jordan’s last games I feel the same way about Kobe “Ahh Inspired” so I figured I would add some Inspirational Quotes from Kobe Bryant!

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Trout selected to start All-Star game; Richards snubbed

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While Mike Trout was selected for his third All-Star game in three seasons, starting pitcher Garrett Richards was undeservedly snubbed as a starting pitcher. The Angels, who currently sport the third best record in all of baseball, had just one player selected for the All-Star game. Oakland, who lead the Angels by just 3.5 games in the division, had six players picked to the team, something that will sure to be a motivating factor for the Angels in the second half of the season.

TROUT

TROUT

In just his third season Mike Trout is putting together yet another incredible season and should be the leader to take home his first MVP trophy. The Angels superstar center fielder is batting .308 with 20 home runs and 63 runs batted in. He’ll start the All-Star game for the second straight year. Trout, who hit a 489 foot home run in Kansas City two weeks ago, decided not to participate in this year’s home run derby, saying he wants to just enjoy the event. He did go on to say that the home run derby will be an option later in his career. Trout will join Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League outfield.

RICHARDS

RICHARDS

One of the bigger snubs this season was Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards, who earned his 10th victory on Sunday with another stellar performance versus the Houston Astros. Richards has an outstanding 2.71 ERA and 119 strikeouts. He’s evolved into one of the better power pitchers in the American League, holding opponents to a .196 average, best in the American League. Yu Darvish, Felix Hernandez, Max Scherzer, Masahiro Tanaka, Jon Lester, David Price, Scott Kazmir and Mark Buehrle were selected over Richards, who’s emerged as a legitimate Cy Young contender. Richards arguably deserved the nod over David Price, but the Tampa Bay Rays needed an All-Star selection and Price earned the nod.

It’s not over yet for Richards, who can make the team as part of the “final five” balloting. Richards will face off against four other American League starters in a banner year for pitching in the AL. Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox, Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers, Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians are the others vying for the last spot. For Richards to make it Angels fans will need a big showing in the online balloting. In addition to the final five balloting Richards is an option to be selected to the game should a starter drop out because they’re scheduled to pitch next Sunday. Richards pitches on Friday night versus the Texas Rangers, giving him the fight amount of rest to pitch in Tuesday’s game.

Shortstop Erick Aybar made a solid case for his first All-Star selection. The veteran Angels shortstop is having the best hitting season of his career, to go along with his usual outstanding glove work. Aybar leads all American League shortstops in runs batted in. There was not a backup selected at shortstop. Derek Jeter, who won the fan balloting in his final season, will likely play the entire game at shortstop.

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Can the Heats Failure Help The Lakers?

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The San Antonio Spurs redeemed themselves by beating LeBron James and the Miami Heat after five games in the NBA Finals. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich can now celebrate their success while the on the other hand, a period of skepticism and uncertainty begins in Miami. Each of the Big Three holds an option to terminate his contract for next season and on top of that, it was clearly exposed that the Big Three are no longer invincible. This crystal clear loss to the Spurs might open to LeBron’s free agency and the Los Angeles Lakers have to take advantage of the opportunity.

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Kobe

The Lakers are looking for a way to not just turn things around and do better next season but also for a way to solidify their future for the years to come. Kobe Bryant is 35 and he will have two or three years more ahead before he starts to seriously considering retirement. The Lakers have three players under contract for the upcoming season, Kobe, the 40 – year old Steve Nash and Robert Sacre. This seems to be the ideal time for Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers to make a strong push for LeBron. And as a matter of fact, they do stand good chances to land him.

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KING JAMES

LeBron now knows that his chances to win more rings in Miami are getting thinner. The Big Three did what they could do together, they reached the NBA Finals in each of the seasons since they were formed and they also won two championships. However, in order for LeBron to continue winning while at the same time being a member of a big organization, living in an environment like Miami, LeBron might have to head elsewhere.

And the Los Angeles Lakers are a very appealing destination.

Of course, the Lakers will have to cook up a very clever plan for their future, one in which LeBron and Kobe can co-exist alongside a capable supporting cast. Mitch Kupchak has not even found the next head coach of the team. And LBJ will have to see a well-designed plan for success before he jumps in.

Could Lebron Come to Lakers

KOBE & LEBRON

For sure the Lakers can offer LeBron a maximum contract. However, a Kobe-LeBron duo will not be enough for the Lakers to win the championship and James will have that in mind when deciding about his next destination. The Lakers will have to carefully study all the possible scenarios and try to ensure that they will be able to not just bring LeBron in LA but ensure long-time success for him and the team
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Miami’s loss to the Spurs opened the window for the deformation of the Big Three and it instantly increased the Lakers’ chances to land King James. Of course, there will be several other teams willing to lure LeBron this summer. And ultimately, LeBron will be the one to choose which uniform he wants to wear next season. Nevertheless, the Lakers are certainly one of the top destinations for the best basketball player in the world.

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Spencer Hawes A Portland Trail Blazer?

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HAWES

The Portland Trail Blazers will once again be contending for the championship next season. Yes, it’s true Rip City fans. The moment we have all been waiting for, the time when our team would make it to the elite of the Western Conference is there and the greatest news is that the Blazers are here to stay. Although Rip City recorded a great 2013 – 2014 campaign and made it as far as the second round of the playoffs, it’s obvious that some adjustments are needed in order to take things to the next level. Smart offseason moves, trades and signings will help the team move forward and the signing of Spencer Hawes could be one of those.

The 7 – footer versatile big man could provide a significant boost to the Blazers’ shooting ability from mid and long range. In fact, Hawes recorded his best season up to now in the league in 2013 – 2014 both in scoring and in shooting percentages. In 53 games with the Philadelphia 76ers he averaged 13.0 points and 45.1 percent shooting from the field while after he got dealt to Cleveland, his numbers increased to 13.5 points per contest, 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.8 percent from three-point range.

Spencer Hawes

HAWES

It’s notable that Hawes could help the Blazers both in the shooting and in the rebounding category. Rip City has a solid starting five but it certainly needs to add some depth and also some quality in its front line. With Mo Williams holding a player option this summer, the Blazers might have to turn their interest towards other options, especially if Williams decides to seek for another destination.
But even if Williams stays in Portland, the Blazers will have both the financial flexibility and the need to land a player like Hawes. Portland has around $57 million in its books for the upcoming season and this means the team could throw a tempting offer on the table for Hawes. At the same time, Rip City will use its team option for Robin Lopez, unless a major surprise happens.

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HAWES

Of course, there are several alternative options with which the Blazers could upgrade their frontcourt. Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill will be unrestricted free agents this summer and they could have a big impact in Rip City’s chances to do better next season. Elton Brand, Emeka Okafor and Jermaine O’Neil could also be targets but they don’t have the quality and the potential of a guy like Hawes or Kaman.

With the picture we saw from the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2013 – 2014 campaign, it became obvious that this team can achieve great things in the next season. In fact, the Blazers seem to be a few tweaks away from seriously contending for a championship. And although Spencer Hawes will not make Rip City the best team in the NBA, it is a move that definitely makes sense for Terry Stotts’s group.

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Anaheim Ducks Look To Regroup For 2014-2015

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After a strong regular season that ended with a disappointing second round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Anaheim Ducks now head into the offseason. The Ducks held a 3-2 series lead before losing the final two games versus the Kings, sending Los Angeles to the Western Conference finals. Ducks fans will likely see some changes this offseason, here’s a look at some potential moves the Ducks can and should try to make.

Goaltending: The Ducks top choice between the pipes will be a major story this offseason and heading into the upcoming season. Although he’s had his share of ups and downs, Jonas Hiller has been a solid performer during his tenure with the Ducks. The veteran goalie is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and could command attention from other clubs that need an answer in net. The Ducks have the luxury of depth at the most important position in hockey in rookies Frederik Andersen and John Gibson. Andersen, the 24-year-old Danish rookie had a solid regular season as the backup to Hiller. During the regular season Andersen went 20-5 in 28 starts with a 2.29 goals against average. He started seven games in the postseason with solid success. Gibson, considered the top goaltending prospect in all of hockey had a dynamic start, winning his first three starts as a NHL player at the end of the Ducks regular season. His solid play continued into the first two games of the Kings series when Gibson was the surprising starter. The Kings solved Gibson in games six and seven, but the young rookie was impressive in how he commanded the situation. The Ducks have capable depth in Andersen and Gibson, but the big question is how much they value the veteran presence of Hiller, who had a solid regular season as the top choice in goal. Gibson looks ready to take over the top position and has the potential to be a Jonathan Quick-like difference maker in goal. A tandem of Gibson and Andersen should be capable.

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HILLER

Deal a young goalie? If the Ducks decide that Gibson is the future in goal they could potentially deal a player like Andersen to realize his full value now, then potentially re-signing Hiller as a veteran backup for Gibson. The Ducks situation could very much like the situation in Los Angeles, with Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier. Once Quick won the starting spot and it was clear that Bernier was not going to be a full-time starter, the Kings traded Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Los Angeles was able to acquire forward Matt Frattin and backup goalie Ben Scrivens for Bernier, eventually moving Frattin to Columbus at the trade deadline for Marian Gaborik. With limited cap space and ability to move or acquire players this offseason, dealing Andersen may be an option.

Youth Movement: The Ducks have one of the top minor league systems in all of hockey, rated tops by Hockey News. In addition to Gibson and current contributors like Devante Smith-Pelly, Jakob Silfverberg and Sami Vatanen, Anaheim has young center Richard Rakell and defenseman Shea Theodore waiting in the wings. In the salary-cap era of the NHL successful teams are able to maintain a team of veteran stars, while developing youngsters to come in and contribute. Silfverberg and Smith-Pelly are restricted free agents who the Ducks will most likely re-sign, as is Sami Vatanen.

As a result of the Bobby Ryan trade, the Ducks have the tenth pick in the upcoming NHL draft. They likely don’t find an immediate contributor at the ten spot, but should be able to pick up a player who can potentially join the Ducks in the near future.

What do the Ducks need? With limited resources there are a couple of areas that the Ducks should explore to improve their team. One area is at defense where the team could use a bigger physical presence on the blue line. The team will have to decide whether not they want to re-sign Stephane Robidas, who they acquired at the trade deadline from the Dallas Stars. Robidas is an impact player when healthy, but has suffered two leg injuries in the past six months, a potential concern.

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HONDA CENTER

A second area of need is another veteran goal scorer beyond Perry and Getzlaf. Nick Bonino and Andrew Cogliano provide excellent second and third line play, but they could benefit from a goal scoring forward. Of course with the contracts of Getzlaf and Perry the Ducks are limited in free agency, but they could look to acquire a goal scoring forward in a potential trade, perhaps involving a young goaltender.

As an organization the Ducks are well primed for success over the next several years. They’ve maintained their veteran core will building a stop farm system that injects young talent into the lineup. In John Gibson they may have found that elite goaltender that can carry a franchise to a championship. Small tweaks, including a few additions, could return the Ducks to the Stanley Cup finals.

You can purchase Ducks Tickets for all games at the Honda Center with No Service Fees. Barry’s Tickets has been serving Anaheim and the Angel Nation since 1985.

Barry’s Ticket Service
675 Paularino Ave. Suite #6, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(Just off Bristol & 405)
9am – 5:30pm Mon-Fri
10am – 4pm Sat
Closed Sundays (unless it’s an event day)
(714)751-9800

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