Anaheim Ducks: Why They Should Miss The Playoffs

March 11th, 2010 by SK Leave a reply »

As much as I would love to see the Ducks succeed this season, and make the playoffs for my own personal desire to ingest as much hockey as possible, I can't help but wonder what it would mean if the team missed the playoffs—in a positive manner of course.

To begin, I do not anticipate either Teemu Selanne or Scott Niedermayer will return next season. 

I don't want to see either go, but to be honest, I don't feel that either player has had the season they hoped for.  Disregarding their Olympic achievements, both men have their ups and downs on the ice and Selanne's injury list grew a great deal this year.

With 16 games remaining, Selanne only needs to score two goals to reach the 600 career mark in the NHL.  If he is able to do so, I'd be willing to wager on his departure from hockey for good at the end of this season.

It would be wonderful to see both men leave the game on top. Unfortunately, I do not see this team rising to that level in 2010.  I don't think the team wants it. I don't think the team has the drive, determination, or the passion to achieve ...

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