Sooner rather than later, the Ducks have to start racking up wins, if only to keep from further behind their direct competitors for a playoff spot. Working beside that is the need to show General Manager Bob Murray that they have the goods to not only be a playoff team but one worth parting with assets to add a piece that will help it go deep in the postseason, perhaps become the Stanley Cup contender they were once hyped to be. Twelve days remain until the NHL trade deadline and their erratic play hasn’t given him a clear signal what exactly it is. In an interview with The Athletic, Murray expressed his discontent with how his team goes about its work on the ice. “Our team play is not good,” Murray said. “It hasn’t been. It’s been so inconsistent all year. We played a home game the other night against San Jose and they played the night before. It looked like it was the other way around. “We just didn’t have a good team game. Far too many scoring chances and they controlled the play. … The question becomes, ‘What am I doing here?’” What the Ducks can be and what they have been often exist in a disparate state. Bad losses – either to teams well outside the playoff picture or their aforementioned blown-third-period-lead stinger to San Jose – have raised the real thought that they’ll never cross the bridge to contention. So they’ve got something to prove over the next 12 days – to their fan base, to their GM, to themselves. Tuesday’s loss to Detroit only exacerbated the consternation within Duckland. “We talked about it before we came on the road,” said Corey Perry, their longtime winger. “This road trip’s crucial for us. It’s make-or-break for our season. Last night’s not the result that we wanted, but if you look at 45 minutes the way we played, that’s the way we have to play every single night.
Ducks out to show GM Bob Murray they should add at trade deadline
Orange County Register | Feb 16