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Ducks Can Now Focus On The Stanley Cup

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Perry and Getzlaf, both signed, sealed and delivered.

The Ducks now have about $53 million committed to 16 players for next season. They’ve still got about $11 million to play with under next season’s $64.3 million salary cap to fill out their roster.

People will immediately jump to the conclusion Bobby Ryan and his $5.1 million salary will be a goner this summer. It’s possible. But you also have to see what happens with veteran Finnish wingers Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, both UFAs after the season, And, certainly in the case of the Finnish Flash, perhaps this is finally it. He won’t decide that until the summer.

For now, it’s all about a run at the Stanley Cup for the Anaheim Ducks, who have removed the gigantic distractions of the Getzlaf/Perry contract situations with two-plus weeks to spare before the trade deadline.

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Vladimir16's avatar

Filpulla for Ryan straight up cool smile
Make it happen Tick Tock

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/19/13 at 08:58 AM ET

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Filpulla for Ryan straight up  
Make it happen Tick Tock

There’s just no way Anaheim moves anyone till July now.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/19/13 at 09:29 AM ET

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I hate the ducks

Posted by Rdwings28 on 03/19/13 at 09:31 AM ET

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Posted by Vladimir16 on 03/19/13 at 08:58 AM ET

With Pavel’s pending departure on the horizon, the team will have one top 1/2 NHL center on its entire roster in Z provided that Fils is gone after this season.

Compound that with Lidstrom and Rafalski’s voids never having been filled and you have to think that a guy like Ryan (elite winger entering the prime of his career) would want no part of what appears to be a gigantic rebuilding project as of today.

Hollland needs to enhance the RW brand appeal asap if he wants to make a splash this spring/summer, last summer was an absolute disaster in that regard.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 03/19/13 at 09:33 AM ET

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I hate the ducks

Not as much as the Sharks.  Ducks are a mixed bag for me.  I hate them less since Carlyle and Pronger left.  Boudreau seems to be genuinely liked around the league, yes?  Selanne is a class act.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/19/13 at 09:36 AM ET

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Andersson, Helm, Nyquist, Franzén, Järnkrok…

Whether they currently slot them at center or not, the Wings cupboard is FAR from bare when it comes to natural centers.  All of those on the list above could be considered adequate second line centers in two years.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/19/13 at 10:29 AM ET

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More on topic; it doesn’t seem overly likely to me that the Ducks are serious contenders beyond this year.  That’s a heckuva lot of money tied up in those two.  It’s not like signig Malkin and Crosby to big deals.  these two represent a clear step down.  Ryan seems destined for a trade.  Fowler seems destined for being overpaid.  Selanne has to get old someday, right?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/19/13 at 10:33 AM ET

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With Pavel’s pending departure on the horizon, the team will have one top 1/2 NHL center on its entire roster in Z even if Fils re-signs after this season.

I believe I’ve fixed that for you.

Posted by Garth on 03/19/13 at 10:39 AM ET

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Isn’t Ferraro also a center?

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/19/13 at 10:45 AM ET

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Posted by Garth on 03/19/13 at 10:39 AM ET

Well played sir.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 03/19/13 at 11:08 AM ET

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Whether they currently slot them at center or not, the Wings cupboard is FAR from bare when it comes to natural centers.  All of those on the list above could be considered adequate second line centers in two years.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/19/13 at 10:29 AM

I agree with your sentiments, it is possible that one of those guys that you mentioned could grow into being a really good second line anchor.

My point is why would a guy like Bobby Ryan (who is entering the prime of his career) want to take that kind of a gamble?

As RW faithful, we all want to believe that the Red Wings cache’ would trump those sentiments but that’s not what we’ve been built on over the last 20 years.  The direction of this franchise was always clear, and the expectations to compete with the best was never in doubt. 

Not positioning your club to handle the departure of hall of fame players in a timely manner can set you back years in this league.  That’s what we’re facing right now and that’s how we’re being perceived.  Hopefully this spring/summer will prove otherwise.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 03/19/13 at 11:35 AM ET

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8th, 11th, 4th, 13th, and then this year.

I’m not worried about a burgeoning Anaheim dynasty.  Nobody should be worried about anybody having a burgeoning dynasty.

Not positioning your club to handle the departure of hall of fame players in a timely manner can set you back years in this league.

So other than Detroit… has anyone ever done that, ever?

I’m serious.

I can’t exactly call to mind many cases where a team replaced their HOFers in a timely manner that didn’t result in some number of years of suck other than Detroit, who appears to be the team fans are complaining about not doing it twice.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/19/13 at 02:13 PM ET

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I can’t exactly call to mind many cases where a team replaced their HOFers in a timely manner that didn’t result in some number of years of suck other than Detroit, who appears to be the team fans are complaining about not doing it twice.

Yeah it’s almost like, because Detroit did prepare for the departure of Steve Yzerman, one might expect that they’d have prepared for the departure of Nick Lidstrom, therefore it’s all that much more disappointing that they dropped the ball with Lidstrom’s retirement.

Funny how that works, huh?

Posted by Garth on 03/19/13 at 03:19 PM ET

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