Anaheim Ducks: 5 Reasons to Keep the Current Core Together

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Anaheim Ducks: 5 Reasons to Keep the Current Core Together
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The rumors coming out of the Anaheim Ducks' camp over the last few years have suggested that management is all but ready to hit the panic button. The Ducks have gone from being one of the dominant post-2005 lockout teams to missing the playoffs in two of their last three seasons, with the only appearance resulting in a quick first-round exit.

GM Bob Murray has shopped around nearly every player on his roster, including his star forwards, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. The resulting rumors were enough to discourage Ryan into speaking publicly about the matter, in what many people thought was the evidence for his inevitable exodus from Anaheim and a dismantling of the Ducks' core.

However, Ryan is still in Orange County and has been completely absent from the rumor mill since well before the current lockout went into effect. If Ryan's fate has indeed been settled, the question would then be weather or not Anaheim would re-sign Getzlaf and Perry, both of whom will be playing in the last years of their contracts this season.

Moving forward, this is Anaheim's core and future along with Cam Fowler. While the talk and thought of a completely blown up Ducks team might continue to creep up in NHL conversation, the case for keeping the team together is far stronger than the one for hitting the reset button. Here are a few reasons why.

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