The Anaheim Ducks knew this first-round series was going to be tough, against the San Jose Sharks. But it is fair to believe Randy Carlyle's team certainly did not expect to get swept...
NHL.com's Kyle Shohara posted a story on the Ducks' official website today, with quotes from Carlyle, general manager Bob Murray and a few players like Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler. However, team captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were nowhere to be found. Some fans were wondering what happened to them:
"Is there a reason no Getzlaf and Perry quotes"
"I second this question, seems very strange. The “leaders” didn’t speak to the media?"
Shoara then confirmed neither wanted to address the media following the team's elimination.
We can understand that it may have been extremely tough for them to be eliminated so quickly. But some people believe they have shown a huge lack of leadership by not showing ip.
Now some analysts suggest that the team may buy out 32-year-old forward Corey Perry, who hasn't played well enough this season. In 71 games, he recorded only 17 goals and 32 assists for 49 points, his lowest production in over 10 years (excluding the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season).
"The implication here is that Murray blames the players for that debacle. Perhaps that’s the sign of an impending buyout. (Perry likely candidate)"
Considering he is going to earn $8,625 million until July 2021, he has to produce more. Otherwise, this contract is going to be a huge burden for the organization. Here is what GM Murray had to say about him:
"Bob Murray on Corey Perry, who’s owed $24 million over next 3 seasons: "I think Corey's gotta buy into some more things in the offseason. We're not talking about a guy that's really changed that much over his career. ... I think he likes it here, so we've gotta work around it.”"
"Murray on Corey Perry: "He's gotta buy into playing fast. We have a few more than him that have to buy into playing fast.”"
Perry was selected in the first round of the 2003 NHL draft. He recorded a total of 766 points in 957 career NHL games. He also added 1083 penalty minutes, and 89 points in 118 playoffs games.
Do you think the Ducks should buy him out? Or hope he's going to bounce back next year?