UFA & Trade Tracker

Posted: 06/27/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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All the tools for covering today’s moves are up and running. NHL Network TV coverage is set to start in 32 minutes. Five open tabs bookmarked to this blog, its email& Twitter accounts, THN and tsn.ca.

First Happy Canada Day to Canucks everywhere. What better way for Canada to  celebrate it’s birthday then have it coincide with UFA season in the NHL? Maybe, Jack Kent Cooke, first owner of the Kings said, “I bought the Kings because they (NHL) told me that there were one-half million Canadians living in Los Angeles. What they didn’t tell me is that they moved here because the hate hockey.”

Knocking off at 1:34pm for a bit….

Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie P.A. Parenteau to COL, 4 yrs, $16M total.
Great move for the AVS. It’s kinda tough seeing all the guys I’d hoped might be Ducks sign elsewhere. Wonder if Retired Hockey Mom is in the for a b-session? BRB….

RED ALERT: #FlaPanthers have signed RW George Parros to a two-year contract http://ow.ly/bWF2Q Welcome, @Stache16!

Chris Kuc ‏@ChrisKuc #Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Sheldon Brookbank on a two-year contract.
Retweeted by Bob McKenzie
All the best to George Parros in Florida and Sheldon Brookbank in Chicago. Parros stands a better shot at becoming an everyday player under Panthers Coach Kevin Dineen than Bruce Boudreau. Brookbank will be competing with former Duck Steve Montador for the 6th spot on Chicago’s depth chart.
Enjoyers of irony might appreciate that Monty & Brooksie are each a D who can forward that we let get away only to be replaced by an equally versatile Brad Staubitz.
For those with marking pens at the ready, tell us if the Bob is (a) treading water, (b) taking a step backward after taking two steps forward, (c) fooling anybody but himself.

Another guy who’s cause I’ve been championing, Marc Methot was just traded to the Sens for Nick Foligno. We’re talkin’ a top 9 forward, who like Andrew Cogliano can be moved up or down for short stints. Jeez I miss Bryan Murray. He loses shot blocking match up D-man Filip Kuba to free agency and within an hour replaces him with a guy who’s a younger version. Bryan Murray is a professional grade GM. Barstool Bob is well…let’s enjoy the yuks laugh at this Bozo Bob clown and hope to gawd Sammy or Shoe hear us.

Two moves of note are Adam Burrish has signed with San Jose. Sharks lost hard to play against Torrey Mitchell though Burrish is a rough grit of sandpaper with size. LW Guillaume Latendresse is given a shot to hang around on a one year deal in Ottawa. If he gets healthy he’s a bargain for the Sens.

Live from Pierre Lebrun, Filip Kuba off to Florida, Bob McKenzie affirms. Snap, he was on my Ducks wish list.

Josh Yohe ‏@JoshYohe_Trib The New York Rangers give Arron Asham two years, $2 million
Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 2 x $1.1M for Tanner Glass with PIT. Done deal.

Ducks update – 


Ducks update – Meet George Parros replacement Brad Staubitz. He’s a team first  guy and popular in the room. Found video on him but I was really looking to study his skating which isn’t in his fight clips. Staubitz is versatile and could play everyday as a 4th line forward or 3rd pair D. In this sense he replaces both Parros and Brookbank who weren’t quite everyday players under Coach Boudreau. The downside is he’s called out for taking stupid penalties and is tagged with repeat offender disciplinary meter outer Brendan Shanahan.
For those of you with your grading pens out, give our GM kudos for signing Staubitz. He’s certainly an upgrade on J.F. Jacques, arguably better than George Parros and possibly better than Sheldon Brookbank.

Former ‘Yote Ray Whitney signs in Dallas. Great pickup after trading Ribeiro.

I am so happy to have just agreed to a one year deal with Montreal. So pumped. My fav childhood team.
Habs get a good top 9 player to go with Travis Moen.

Ducks Update– per Darren Dreger on NHL Network, George Parros is considering 3 firm offers.  @andystrickland Expect George Parros to make decision this afternoon…circling back to teams before choosing club

D Joe Corvo goes back Carolina for one year at a reported $2million. Players love living and playing in Raleigh.

#NYR have agreed to terms with defenseman Stu Bickel

AVS sign former SENS enforcer Matt Carkner. The West just got tougher. Whoa this went sideways for now. AVS announced prematurely.
Aaron Ward ‏@aaronward_nhl

Matt Carkner 3 yrs to Isles. #TSN

David Moss leaves chilly Calgary for sunny Phoeniz. Doan”s replacement?

Former Leaf G Jonas Gustavson goes to Red Wings.

Vet G Scott Clemenson re-ups for two years in Florida. Less likely Panthers looking at Brodeur.

told David Moss signs two-year deal to return to Calgary

Lightning resign top 9 LW Benoit Pouliot.


RT @nhl_canes: BREAKING: Canes’ agree to terms with Jordan Staal on a 10-year, $60 million contract.
Very similar to the agreement Staal reportedly turned down in Pittsburgh. 

NHL Trade Report:

Nashville Predators have resigned center Paul Gaustad to a 4 year, $13million contract. Many Ducks fans had him on their wish lists. Who wouldn’t want a big, defensive minded match-up center who wins face offs.

Ducks Update UFA morning:

The Plan as seen from here –

THN’s Ken Campbell postulates this summer may be the last time long term contracts can be executed. Good reason for our Ducks, Getz & Pears to negotiate extensions now rather than wait for a new CBA.  Getzlaf should be mindful of what happened to James Wisniewski on the day Bob Murray signed him to an extension.
Two other recent events, sending Lubo to the Islanders and shopping Bobby Ryan open a roster spot on the blue line presumed to be filled by the asset(s) received from trading Bobby Ryan.
Whoever our Ducks sign today will indicate who is available in trade.

Ducks Update UFA Eve:

From various Ducks Blog files –

Two blurbs on the OCR’s Ducks Blog provide a peek into the strateeegerie of GM Bob Murray. Barstool Bob calls resigning both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey an imperative. He admits to sending out feelers to their respective agents. Pears’  rep is Newport Sports, the same wonderful folks who negotiate for and advise Bobby Ryan and Justin Schultz.

Is the reason trading Bobby Ryan is on the table because Getz is only signed for one year and Bobby three? 

Gabby plays the good soldier in Boudreau: Murray did “everything right” concerning Schultz.

Well duh…of course he’d say that. If you believe that you also believe that a 21 year old conned our entire Ducks org. More likely, our entire Ducks org missed some signals. The reaction (calling out Schultzie on character issues) signals the world on what a small, petulant fat cat Bob Murray has become. 

Bob Kittleberger, Bleacher Report identifies 5 moves Ducks need to consider before Barstool spends up to $30million in cap space.

Matt Vevoda reports on the draftees making their marks in conditioning camp. You can see scrimmages at The Rinks, 10:00am Monday and again on Tuesday. As of now, I plan to attend the Monday morning scrimmage but that is subject to change.

Jeff Shibley focuses his sharp eye on on the 2012 Anaheim Ducks draft review. Shibber often does his blog posts in parts so I’m always looking to forward to what he’ll say next.

via NHL Trade Report –

Dave Pollack reports San Jose Sharks aren’t expected to re-up former Duck Brad Winchester. Is he an upgrade on my homey Matt Beleskey? Winchester’s size, speed and snarl might make him an upgrade or a go to option on LW. As a player Winchester reminds me of Todd Fedoruk before the concussions.

Teemu Selanne will talk to Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray over the weekend, according to the Orange County Register.

FA & BIZ Updates:

Courtesy NHL Trade Report –

According to the  The Nashville Tennessean the Nashville Predators GM David Poile thinks that Paul Gaustad will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Poile dealt for Gaustad at the trade deadline, giving the Buffalo Sabres a first round pick with Buffalo adding a fourth rounder to seal the deal. The Predators will still try and sign Gaustad before the deadline. “It would appear he’s going to free agency, but I’m holding out hope he might change his mind,” Poile said. “The discussions have been very positive about Nashville and where he fits in and his role and his comfort here.”

Paul Gaustad is the best checking line – match up center available from the FA pool. He isn’t the reason for Buffalo’s off year or Nashville failing to advance. And the guy wins faceoffs, HELLO!!!! 57.3% last season.

Here come da Judge 

A Phoenix judge has rejected the Goldwater Institute’s objection to the City of Glendale’s arena deal with prospective owner Greg Jamison.

This is great news for the Phoenix Coyotes as the Goldwater Institute has been a thorn in the side of the City of Glendale with their legal threats to ruin a possible sale. While a deal has not yet been finalized, this is a big step forward. There is still a couple of Glendale residents who are trying to have a referendum in November to overturn City Council’s deal with Jamison which will pay him $324 million over 20 years to take over the management of the arena.
According to a report at tsn.ca, the veteran forward is expected to test the free agent market on July 1, according to Coyotes general manager Don Maloney.

Acquiring Shane Doan works on so many levels it ain’t funny. Not the least of which is the bonus money he could earn for kicking Getz’ butt anytime the current captain fails to go full-bore. Jeez, if there is a guy perfect for The Twins, it’s Doan. Consider, (1) he’s fast and will force The Twins to keep their moving to keep up, (2) he loves doing the heavy lifting for primadonnas, I mean guys like Getzlaf, (3) he fore-checks with a menacing truculence  one punishing forechecker, (4) Shane Doan is Rob Niedermayer plus 20 goals. (5) a great mentor for guys like Smith-Pelley, Beleskey & Maroon.
Consider that the FA alternative will be Pancake Penner.
That choice is simple. If you want a guy who will light a fire under his teammates, you sign Doan. As Vito Corleone said, “Make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Or you can eat pancakes and hope Penner regains his touch alongside The Twins.

Let’s hope Barstool has LW power forward on his FA shopping list. Let’s also hope that Murray’s shabby and tactless treatment of Lubomir Visnovsky and long and growing list of others, doesn’t dissuade potential FA’s from signing here. It’s understood that we traded for Lubo but like that guy (Ryan Whitney) said, “(Anaheim) Mgm’t either loves or hates ya.”

Barstool learned absolutely nothing about being a player’s GM from Brian Burke. Is it just me or does it seem that under Murray, our Ducks have purged all the best things Brian Burke brought us? Jeez (1) our Big Bad Ducks are small and fast, (2) Players are shipped out without so much as a thank you from the org. Compare that to this Brian Burke rant after demoting a 4th line depth forward, (3) Hope and long seasons. Anybody remember what winning felt like?

BTW, I’m not a prayin’ man but, I will make a modest donation to encourage Catholics to remember Bob Murray in their prayers this weekend.

  1. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    I would love for Doan to make the short trip west to beautiful southern California…the only change from Phoenix is milder summers and…the Pacific Ocean…in most cases an acceptable option.

    Love this post BC!!!

    I will send a shout out to Murray, LOL!

  2. bbdux93 says:

    Maybe our best hope of getting impact players like Doan is $$$ and lots of it. Question for guys like him – do they need lots of $$$ or is that no longer as important as where they play.

  3. Hey u & bb, I don’t have an enough “sources” to rate our Ducks chances of getting Doan. I won’t start embelishing on the work of others like the Gossip Girls, Ecklund & Richardson do.
    IMO, Murray owes our Ducks giving Doan a chance to say no and that’s the minimum he owes us. A talent like Doan doesn’t become available very often and when the opportunity is present, you have to have enough self-respect to get in the game.
    Doan or talent like his, is the piece we need to earn a playoff spot. Land Doan and a No.1 D-man? This team could compete for the Cup next season. I don’t know that we have to trade a core guy to get a #1 D but….like they say the market will not likely go lower than it is now Flames Jay Bouwmeester. Maybe all he needs is a change of scenery. Something like Cogliano and a mid to low Entry Draft pick? Consider what Gabby did for Mike Green in Washington and you have to at least go to him and sound him out on JayBo. Replace Brookbank with one of Filip Kuba, Sheldon Souray, Bryan Allen, Nik Grossman or Greg Zanon, who in a lot of ways is a poor man’s Rob Scuderi.
    Maybe the way you land a Doan is to do a couple Bouwmeester/Kuba type deals first. Lay a foundation and improve in a key area. then you go to Doan and make your best case.
    This is no smack@Lubo but JayBo would be an upgrade in a couple of areas. As a defender he’s big but defends positionally in a Nik Lidstrom kind of way. In other words JayBo will pick up his check and skate him off the puck rather than plaster him against the glass like Chris Pronger did. On the PP he doesn’t bring a great shot but is a great playmaker. Paired with a sniper like Fowler, and we might have something special bringing complimentary though offsetting skill sets. JayBo will never score goals like Lubo did. I rate him as an upgrade because he has more of the 5 skills and can eat big minutes in all game situations.

  4. tearingitup says:

    I like Doan a lot, maybe his work ethic is too much for this team. I had to get that out. Looking for some upgrades now from UFAs. That will give us the heading of the legacy that will be Bob Murray

    • Reality bites, lol. Still I hope your post permeates the entire Ducks org Honestly, I’m impressed & a tad jealous at how much you put in so few words. That’s a real talent.

  5. czhokej says:

    It would be really great to get Doan, but we would need at least two more impact players to have a chance to be competitive. And we all know quite a bit about Bob Murray’s competence and expertise.

    • Oh ye of little faith. There’s nothing wrong with Bob Murray that couldn’t be fixed by (1) getting more fish in his diet (2) courses in remedial reading and comprehension (3) anger management training and character building workshops.
      Probably easier to find a GM with those qualities.

  6. tearingitup says:

    You are right about the fish..so long as it isn’t crow. I keep checking the trade sites and still have not seen Murray’s name tied to the big UFAs. Just do it

    • Found a Crowfish tearingitup. Who knew? Put me in mind of Green Day. Also found a Fish Crow which might be a tad more healthy than the city crow upon which I occasionally dine.
      Once a year Barstool Bob sheds his scowl, puts on his Dr. Sheldon Cooper smile and goes UFA shopping. Barstool can usually be found shopping in the Under the Radar and Bargain Bin.
      Over the years our Ducks have found some pretty good players flying under the radar. Teemu Selanne, when Burke brought him back, Saku Koivu, Toni Lydman are all solid under the radar UFA bargains. Lydman might not prove out but as much as I cap on Blob, Lydman was a great pickup. Nobody can predict injuries which account for him performing below the level he did in 2010-11.

  7. tearingitup says:

    Nice BC….sometimes eating crow may be the best meal for the soul…enough of that from me. Yes he usually does hit the bargain bin. This year has to be different. With Temmu near the showers, this year, BC needs a bigger than life acquisition. It is a rough place to put an athlete, but they make the bucks. Summer talk is cheap and to keep the OC fans, we need to get back to being a competitive team. The cup is only a few miles down the road..

    • Honestly Bud, as best as this blog is finding from its public and private sources is that the blue line is the priority. Part of the upgrade is available in the bargain bin, Filip Kuba, Bryan Allen, Pavel Kubina and others. Anyone of these players would compete for Brookbank’s #6 depth chart spot. It isn’t likely we can replace Lubo via UFA. Do you see Suter landing here? Lubo’s replacement is likely coming via trade.

  8. bbdux93 says:

    In addition to picking up a couple of guys we hope can be the impact players we need, I just read on the Duck – ocr blog – Mgmt is having serious conversations with Sheldon Suray.
    Good or bad – don’t follow East coast teams – so I don’t know.

    Opinions please

  9. bbdux93 says:

    My mistake – I got Souray confused with Bryan Allen who we picked up today. I believe it said Allen last played for Carolina.

    • Finally, one of the guys, this blog has touted since the trade deadline. Allen is a definite 3rd pairing upgrade and may push Sbisa & Lydman for TOI. Props@Barstool for a good pickup.

  10. bbdux93 says:

    Went back to Ducks OCR to check out more about our new players and see that it was just announced we signed Souray to a 3 year deal. Dallas would only offer a one year deal – don’t recall but I think their cash offer was about $3m a year – we’re paying $4m a year.

    OK Bobby – so they’re putting together what looks to be a better defense – don’t you think you should hang around and see how it goes.

    • $4million to Souray is a huge over payment. Jeez, Gabby is really going to have to micro-manage Souray’s TOI to maximise his on ice value. He’ll help but man that $4million is giving me sticker shock bb.

  11. bbdux93 says:

    I just checked capgeek, after including Souray and the other signings today, we are still $23m & change, under the cap. If it’s true mgmt wants to leave $3.5m in cap space, that still leaves about $20m available to improve this team. My wish now would be for a shut down 3rd line – similar to Sammi, Travis and Rob.

    • Just popped back in. Props@bb for looking stuff up and posting.
      As to a shut down line, the good centers, Paul Gaustad – Nashville, Jay McClement – Toronto, John Mitchell-‘Yotes are gone. Maybe Brandon McMillan centers the 4th line Energy/Shutdown role.
      Ducks also picked up depth D-man Jordan Hendry. Murray did buy some some sorely needed credible depth on the blue line. He paid a high price and Frankie Beauchemin is still No. 1 on the depth chart.
      Obviously the work is unfinished.

      Jeez bb, 4 posts. You got some hockey on ya today 🙂

  12. bbdux93 says:

    Souray will get paid $4m the first year – & $3.5 for each of years 2 & 3. The cap hit will be divided evenly over the life of the contract – or $3,666.67 each year

    • Since I’m being critical of the Souray signing it should be pointed out that at the time we were focused on Sheldon, ‘Yotes Adrian Aucoin was available. Blue Jackets got him so he wasn’t too picky either. One year, $2million.

  13. bbdux93 says:

    Oops – left off some digits in Souray’s cap hit – should read $3,666,666.67 each year

  14. czhokej says:

    There is always a concern about Souray’s high salary, his age and injury risk. He has the size, he is physical, he has a great shot and most importantly, he is now healthy again. But I agree, he is too expensive.
    And Allen is a solid, stay–home defenseman, he is also big. Because we need the size, it should be good for us.
    Lydman, if healthy, could be again one of our best assets on the blue line.
    But who is going to score, if Bobby leaves, and Getz plays his disinterested nonsensical style of hockey again?

    • As of now it looks like they’re counting on the kids to set the world on fire. You look at them and listen and all I hear is that they’re each up for the opportunity.
      You know people aren’t stupid cz. These kids will pick up on Getz’ half-hearted efforts and they won’t follow him. They’ll give it lip service. They’ll respect the ‘C.’ If it weren’t for Corey Perry and Bob Murray, Getz would already be the odd man out.
      Everybody in the room knows it and is denying it publicly, but not privately.
      PA Parenteau is going to sizzle in Colorado. He was my choice as Pears new linemate. Ship Getz out for the best D-man we can find. Ah well, the work goes on cz.
      The blueline is deeper tonight but not necessarily better without Lubo. As it stands they’ll be pushing Fowler for 50-60+ and that’s just wrong to do in only his 3rd year.

  15. czhokej says:

    Yes, we know that Fowler is not there, yet, in spite of his great skating and puck-handling ability.
    His +/- (-28) was one of the worst in the league, but I expect him to be stronger and more mature the next season, and of course to play without mistakes (next Scotty N.?). Instinctively, I am pessimistic about our youngsters and their scoring potential. And others? Koivu and Teemu will be older, and their numbers will go down. Getz, for his every assist, made also a bad pass, or an awful and careless play. Which means BM must also get some forwards and forget building the team around our “C”.

    • Based upon the additions, it would appear that Barstool Bob may have a had a recent epiphany cz. With Staubitz, Sourayand a hard to play against big man like Allen, Murray’s Ducks are beginning to look a bit like the Brian Burke & Bryan Murray Ducks. Cam and at this point in his career Sheldon Souray should be able to anchor the 2nd PP unit. My fear is that the pair will be on the 1st unit with some combination of Beauchemin, Sbisa, Lydman & Allen working the 2nd. BTW, Jonas Hiller & Vikto Fasth are going to love playing behind these guys. Bryan Allen is a hoot, serious minded guy but, he’s a hoot. When you, bb and others were advocating for a checking line I was going (((DOH))) each when Gaustad singed in Nashville, McClement in Toronto. Much will be asked of Saku Koivu and Nick Bonino next season. Much is expected of Ryan Getzlaf and he’ll produce if he feels like it and isn’t too tired.

  16. bbdux93 says:

    I read a little about Allen and was happy with the description of him as a big, brusings stay at home defenseman with a mean streak. A mean streak – thank you Bob.

    I think Bob’s “epiphany” came to him by way of conversations from others in mgmt. – What’s the phrase “even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile”.

    • Metaphorically speaking, Bob Murray is the nut and our Ducks are the squirrel.
      Are you familiar with the monkey and the cat bb? A cat is sound asleep on the floor in the front of the fire place. The monkey eyes chestnuts roasting on the open fire, but how to get them. The monkey gently takes the cats paw in hand and uses it to snag a tasty roasted nut. We know in this slight variation, Murray is the cat.
      If anybody answered Henry Samueli working quietly behind the scenes, go to the front of the line.

  17. czhokej says:

    I hope that he(our GM) will listen. I somehow do not have a high opinion of him, and his perception and comprehension of many issues of administration of a hockey team and players, I know criticism is easy, but it was really painful for me to watch his actions in the past.
    And I say it again, Getzlaf is not a first line center, and Perry can perform well without him (if he adjusts his lifestyle). I would say it’s time to add two good forwards (from the Yotes?)

    • In today’s NHL it’s easy to add, not so easy to get the right fit, contractually and hockey-wise. cz, do you also miss the days when player moves were about hockey and not contracts? Two Phoenix forwards, eh? How ’bout Doan as a UFA with Martin Hanzal and Keith Yandle via trade? Tossing this back@ya, Getzlaf after he signs his extension, Palmieri and Matt Clark for Hanzal & Yandle but they can keep Gretel 😉

  18. tearingitup says:

    I haven’t read this much since med school……anyway I have not heard about what is happening to Doan. We have cap room left and we need leadership. If you don’t believe me, ask Getzlaf. Also good to hear fromm CZ again

  19. tearingitup says:

    Seems like we are a little thicker on the blue line.I agree that the second line will have some difficulty getting their goals. If this team could just mesh and play solid like the overachieving Yotes did…..I would be happy enough.

  20. czhokej says:

    Personal note – I was on vacation in Europe. I am trying to catch up.

  21. czhokej says:

    Murray said that the holes in the offensive line-up could be filled from within. I am afraid that’s an illusion.

    • It’s a lot to ask of very young guys. Let’s start from teh most experienced:
      Luca Sbisa – Last season showed he’s ready for top 4 TOI and can play in all situations. This is 4th season and the rule of thumb is 5 years from the Entry Draft date to develop an NHL D-man. Luca has 205 NHL/AHL games over 4 seasons. Only 10 of those games were in A. He should really benefit with guys like Souray and Allen added to the team. My gut call is that Luca’s development is 75-80% complete. You won’t see much new but you should see much better decision making and those slumps he’s gone through won’t become extended funks.

      Cam Fowler enters his third year with many Ducks fans beginning to say, when does this kid show he’s next Scot Niedermayer. At this same point in his career Nieds was rebelling over having to accept defensive responsibilities. He got burned enough times that he figured it out. Cam is nearly so rebellious at pretty much the same stage. Look for at least 30+ pts and if he’s on the ice with guys who put out and play smart; look for that butt ugly +/- to be cut in half or better. Last season Cam was a better player than in his rookie year. it doesn’t show up in the stats. He still hasn’t quite learned to time picking up his check in open ice. He doesn’t know quite how to position his legs and core to get leverage on bigger men. Once Cam get s this, you’ll see him forcing turnovers, guys will call him PickPocket and say he has a good stick. We still need to be patient and I fear our Ducks will ask too much of him.

      Matt Beleskey has 267 pro games, 167 NHL – 100 AHL, behind him. It’s time to fish or cut bait. He was given a shot with Getz & Pears but frankly nobody, including Bobby Ryan has had consistent success with The Twins. Third wheel isn’t an easy spot to play from. Especially if the other two aren’t doing their share of the heavy lifting. Even if Belesky is on the 4th line, we need goals within 9 periods of hockey. Beleskey needs to deliver 10+ goals 30+ pts. If he falls to far off that pace, he’s outta here.

      Time for a walk. Back with Smith-Pelley, Bonino, Palmieri, Etem, Maroon & McMillan a little later.

      Back…The only question remaining to answered about Devante Smith-Pelly is touch. Are the hands ‘soft’ enough for him to find the back of the net 20+ times per season. For years I watched and played with guys like Ian Laperriere and couldn’t figure out why he didn’t get 15-20 a year deflecting in off his body. Luck? As in bad luck? Snipers all talk about release and disguising the release. Learning the snap shot which is a hybrid between the slapper and wrister. DSP scored 7 goals in 49 games. His 6 assists suggest that he scores the ugly goals. He impresses me most as a young Rob Niedermayer. He’ll earn an NHL career because he can and as importantly, willing to do the heavy lifting. Twenty goals, or a goal every 4 games seems within his reach. That suggests Top 6 but he’ll have to wait and settle for top 9. Coach used him on the PK and he was surprisingly successful. Very impressive for a rookie. It also improves his chances as a potential top six. We know he can bang. We know he has bash. Can he push, lift, whack and snap the puck over the line?

      Nick Bonino is another guy with a complete skill set who gets it. So why hasn’t he lit any fires? You know when you read in the Ducks media that Bonino is a smart hockey player? If you watch his skating he’s actually had to cheat on his positioning to take advantage of opportunities. When you’re a tad slow it’s going to cost you at one of the rink or the other. Better to make the opposition pay. Bonino is a fine playmaker. He knows how to draw coverage to open space for a line mate. Because of that skating, he’s going to have to work harder for everything he gets. He’s smart and has the work ethic. He’ll need Bobby Ryan or Teemu Selanne on his wing to provide the finish.

      More to come…

  22. bbdux93 says:

    Again, if mgmt has an internal cap of $3.5m, there is almost $20m left to spend. There is no way the holes in the O can – or should be – filled entirely from within. $20m will buy a fair amount of talent and they need to look for more than the kids to fill the holes.

    • Other than Doan there isn’t much out there bb. Kristian Huselius was a 20+ goals and 60 pts but he’s played 41 games in the last two seasons due to groin injuries. Semin is a huge risk. Gabby knows him and if our Ducks had any interest something would have leaked by now. Parise isn’t coming here. Jagr? Even if he does come west it’s probably Edmonton where he can play Obi Wan Ginobi to the young Oiler Jedis.
      The rest are 2nd tier and role players. Here’s the list. Actually Nik Hagman looks pretty good by comparison.

  23. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    Murray we can do better,

    On our current acquisitions:

    Sheldon Souray: we should have signed him in December at a bargain rate (you just needed to follow this blog). 13 NHL Seasons with only two seasons with 81 games played. Hope he stays healthy and plays to his potential. No bad habitats from Getzy. We overpaid!

    Bryan Allen: Liked Allen as a General. He will be a good fit if he can stay healthy. Only two complete seasons. Good news is last season he played in all 82 games. Still, we overpaid!

    These players are worth no more that 2/2.5mill a season. We should be concentrating on quality not quantity. I would gladly pay 6/7mill for a Suter or a Weber, 2 year contract max. Any contract over two years allows complacency to sit in (Getzy anyone, this season should be a rebound season as his contract is up). Ask LA per Penner signing, nice and short and requires him to work every season.

    Our next step:

    We still need a Suter or Weber…you can never have too many defensemen and the defensemen’s we just acquired are prone to getting the bug. Hope I’m wrong.

    As soon as Parise and Suter sign look for trade talks for Bobby (at his request). We should be obtaining two quality players, no draft picks…we need help today.

    As Gabby is in coach, hope he is in the mix on these acquisitions. Nice large round table approach, LOL!.

  24. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    Suter offered 13-year, $90 million deal by Red Wings…that would average to 6.9m a year…for that long it is insane…however, they understand what it takes to win and compete year after year…they always have their eye on the prize…something our Ducks should strive for.

  25. tearingitup says:

    You…. I agree we are not looking directly at the prize. As of today, I can not see us in the mix until June. I do expect us to put up a good enough team to take a few from the cross town rivals though.

  26. bbdux93 says:

    With people like Pronger & O’Donnell gone and a person like Getz “running” the room, you can bet Souray came for more than what he can do on the ice. He’s bigger than most and his voice in the room will likely carry more weight.

    • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

      I agree…after reading the Whicker article he will definitely bring some experience and much needed leadership…hope Souray looks at our Ducks as a great place for sum redemption as IMO he got a bad rap in Edmonton.

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