Originally written on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 11/20/14
The loss to Colorado on New Year's Eve seems like a long, long, time ago, even though it has only been a couple of days.  So what transpires between that wishfully forgettable loss and Wednesday night's game against the San Jose Sharks?  Plenty.

The Ducks sent JF Jacques back down to Syracuse.  Again.  By now Jacques knows all the airport personnel and flight attendants, and has the flight schedules memorized. 

Kyle Palmieri, who had been sent to Syracuse last week, has earned AHL honors.  Palmieri has been named to the AHL's all-star team for the second consecutive season.

Palmieri, 21, is tied for the AHL lead in goals with 19 and is second on the Syracuse Crunch in scoring with 29 points despite playing in just 21 games. He has played in seven games for the Ducks this season and scored a goal and an assist while up in Anaheim.  The AHL All-Star game will take place January 30.

And in other news, a minor trade occurred between the Ducks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.  It makes one wonder if GM Bob Murray has only three numbers in his phone - Toronto, Edmonto and New Jersey.  Trading with anyone else seems out of the question.   This time, the Ducks sent left wing Nicolas Deschamps to Toronto for another left wing Luca Caputi.

The Ducks now seem to have the market on hockey players named Luca, as they once owned the hockey players named Ryan franchise.  Caputi, 23, has played in 35 NHL games.  He was sidelined for most of last season with a sports hernia.  Both players merely make an AHL switcheroo.

The only other tidbit of Anaheim news was the controversial suggestion by Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register, who suggested that perhaps it would be time to trade captain Ryan Getzlaf.  Granted, Getzlaf has not been having a stellar year, but outside of Teemu Selanne, no one in a Ducks uniform is doing well.  Not even Wild Wing.

Positing a Getzlaf trade really does not address the cause of Anaheim's woes and only changes the deck chair on the Titanic.  Unless you blow up the entire team and start from scratch, which just does not happen in the hockey world, things will not change.  There is too much talent on this team for them to suck as bad as they do.  And as long as Murray is calling the shots, I am not sure I have confidence that anything will change for the better if there are major deals being made.   What ails the Ducks is far greater than any single player or even coach.  

Unless the core of the problem is addressed, you will merely be dealing with symptoms and the problems will continue on, just with a new face. 

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