The other trade shoe rumor drops

Posted: 06/29/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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With the Entry Draft just a day away the blogosphere and twitterverse is burning  bandwidth by the terabyte. The big stories of course involved compliance buyouts both executed and terminated. As you probably know, Vincent Lecavalier, Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere are the big buyout names. NYR announced they won’t buyout the remainder of Brad Richards contract.

For all the chatter and buyout action, amazingly, only one trade has been consummated so far. Calgary sent Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich to Colorado for David Jones and former Duck Shane O’Brien.

Not saying Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller is in play but his name has surfaced in mainstream media stories. Unlike how they handled the recent spate of Bobby Ryan trade talk, Ducks have been quick to put the word out that they haven’t shopped their No. 1 goalie. Whether Ducks are just getting smarter about it or it’s an admission that they actually shopped Ryan is open for speculation.

I go with the former. Bob Murray has always played his cards very close to his golf shirt. He tends to ignore local media and favors the global hockey media for announcements. Jeez, he even gives more to the L.A. Times than he does to the OCR or Orange County and Inland Empire media.

Pierre Lebrun is reported to have tweeted that Hiller is available for the “right price.” The right price is a solidly established second line center. Teams reportedly interested in Hillsy include the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders.

The Blues are an intriguing trade partner. Especially when we think in terms of an old school blockbuster hockey trade. Blues are similar to our Ducks in that they see themselves as one player away from making a push for the Cup. They thought they had that piece in goalie Jaroslav Halak but have serious doubts after Halak’s injury riddled season. Brian Elliott is too inconsistent to be trusted in a starter role. Newcomer Jake Allen is too inexperienced.

The Blues have the pieces to acquire both Bobby Ryan and Jonas Hiller. Much of their north of $16m in cap space will go to Alex Pietrangelo. But, they have an opening on LW following the retirement of Andy McDonald. They’ve shown a willingness to part with RW T. J. Oshie but Ducks are loaded on RW. Would they part with 2nd line center Patrik Berglund? Kevin Shattenkirk? Alexander Steen? Hiller for Berglund straight-up?

Islanders have the solid and heady playmaker Frans Neilsen who has established himself as their second line center playing behind John Tavares.

Ducks have long coveted Flyers Sean Couture and Brayden Schenn. So far Philly GM Paul Holmgren has been reluctant to trade either. Would he part with one for a proven goalie? Flyers have certainly been challenged between the pipes in the past two decades.

Another intriguing idea following a Darren Dreger report that the Bruins could move Tyler Seguin. The young Seguin went second in the 2010 draft after the Oilers took Taylor Hall. You might recall the whole Tyler or Taylor debate. Apparently, Seguin isn’t happy playing on the wing in Boston. Additionally numerous state Nathan Horton has informed the Bruins through his agent that he intends to test free agency. Might we see a swap of 2nd overall picks Ryan for Seguin?

There’s certainly much chatter around our Ducks and it involves Bobby Ryan and/or Jonas Hiller. Will Murph pull the trigger for a second line center? TSN is tracking the chatter faster than I can bring it to you. You can follow it here.


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