Lebrun: Ducks in the market for another center

Posted: 03/20/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Taking a few minutes to post up some important info. I expect to be back sometime next week. I will be taking Easter weekend away from the blog for family.
In the meantime has U done a fantastic job of keeping up with the day-to-day job or what? Since this is all volunteer he’s certainly done more than anyone has a right to expect.

Couldn’t help but notice how Pierre Lebrun and this blog are on the same page when it comes to our Ducks. You can see for yourself here and here. Notice my post was published 20 minutes ahead of Lebrun. Obviously a case of fools seldom differ.

So when Lebrun speculated that our Ducks are in the market for a second line center, specifically Stars Derek Roy, it peaked my interest.

Via tsn.ca:

LeBrun:Derek Roy is a guy that they (Stars) have tried to sign over the last couple of weeks and it hasn’t gone anywhere. You start to think if the Stars slip out they might move him. I think they will and the Anaheim Ducks are a team to watch here. They’re looking for a No. 2 centre. People are saying they are going to trade Bobby Ryan after signingCorey Perry. It’s the contrary – they’re keeping Ryan and they want to add a No. 2 centre. Roy kind of fits the bill if they can get a deal done with Dallas.

Stephen Weiss was also a guy that Anaheim would have had interest in but obviously no longer after his injury.

Is this a message to Bonino, Holland and us fans? You bet it is. Make no mistake, our Ducks are going for the Cup this year.

Locking up Getzlaf and Perry before the April 3rd trade deadline was key. Credit the org’s willingness to spend and also credit the new CBA. Our Ducks are expected to qualify for up to $20m in revenue sharing next season, just as The Twins’ new contracts kick in. Credit Henry Samueli for his willingness to invest that revenue sharing money back into operations. He could have used it to pay himself back for years of operating losses. But I digress.

With all that Getzlaf and Perry gossip and speculation out of the way, GM Bob Murray can now focus on acquiring that last piece. The forward Bruce Boudreau identified as the missing piece. More specifically as Lebrun muses that ever elusive second line center.

Derek Roy isn’t the only guy out there though. Other pending UFA’s include Washington’s Mike Ribiero, Patrik Elias, Andy McDonald, Nik Antropov, Matt Cullen, Matthew Lombardi and Danius Zubrus.

Andy Mac would be nice but St. Louis is looking for a Top 4 D-man and we don’t have one to spare. Likewise I don’t see the Wild sending us Matt Cullen or Phoenix shipping Matthew Lombardi.

That leaves, Roy, Ribiero, Elias, Antropov and Zubrus. Of those, Ribero and Elias have the most talent with the gritty Ribiero arguably the best fit on our Ducks. Elias would be a good second choice but at 36 he’s still the leading the Devils in points. He may not become available if the Devils remain on the playoff bubble.

Ribiero would seem to have better chemistry with Bobby Ryan while the slicker Roy and Elias can skate and execute give and goes with Flash.

Antropov and Zubrus bring vet savvy but I’m not convinced either is an upgrade on Holland or Bonino. Holland still has a couple of weeks to make his case.

 

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Comments
  1. bbdux93 says:

    No time right now to read this post. I too appreciate U’s making a place for me to come to start my day. Thanks U – good job
    🙂 bb

  2. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    I always liked McDonald…would love to get him back with Teemu as this will most likely be his final season.

    Mike Ribiero would be a solid fit. I remember how pesky he was when he played for Dallas. He brings a 5 million price tag (2.5 million at this point). I believe he is in his final year of the 25 million contract. The Leafs are also interested.

    I agree, lets see what Holland is capable of. I am surprised Bonino is still out with the flu…

    • bc says:

      Only pending UFA’s were considered for the post, U. Not sure we’re looking for anything more than a rental at this point. IIRC Bones also had or has a “lower body injury” as well as “flu like symptoms.”

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