History will be tinged with irony as the
The coach who was fired by the Ducks in 2011 is tabbed with rebooting a team desperate to shed the stigma of four consecutive Game 7 losses at
The Ducks believe their championship window is open but, unlike 2007, they are not ready-made for a Cup run and have plenty of questions as training camp begins Friday at Anaheim Ice.
1. What about
Neither would be immediately available anyway because Rakell is recovering from surgery and Lindholm is playing in the World Cup. But this could be a distraction until their status is resolved.
Both are due big raises and the Ducks are stretched by an internal budget that typically operates well under the
2. Who will provide depth at forward? One of the quietest free agencies in recent Ducks history leaves questions, particularly at wing.
Young forwards Nick Ritchie, Chris Wagner, Stefan Noesen and perhaps top draft pick Max Jones have an opportunity. Anaheim is strong at center with the acquisition of
3. Is this the same Carlyle? Carlyle was known for a dump-and-chase attack for much of his first Ducks stint, but he has spent a lot of time studying the up-tempo offenses of the NHL and said upon his hiring that he has adapted to the modern game.
"I don't believe that I'm the Neanderthal from the standpoint of wanting knuckles dragging and fighting," he said.
Carlyle is not an analytics fan, a point of contention when he coached the
4. How will the goaltending be split up? John Gibson is officially the franchise goalie after the Ducks traded
Bernier would be a No.1 for a lot of other teams, so it foreshadows another interesting season in goal for the Ducks.