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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

...let’s do some trade stuff. When Bob Murray exploded last week, it was very calculated. He was telling his players, “If you want to stay together, you’d better have a Herculean second half of the season.” And he was telling his fans, “If that doesn’t happen, we know you won’t buy tickets next season. So we’ll change the core.”

Other teams say the Ducks are not interested in a rebuild. If deals are made, they will be modeled on the Flyers from last summer—adding pieces to make a run now. One exec told me he thinks the price for Ryan Getzlaf (and more on him in a moment) will be two roster players, an A-level prospect and a first-rounder. The two roster players would be necessary to offset the salary, and one of them would have to be significant. It’s a high price.

Now, is Getzlaf really available? Opinions are mixed. Some teams say not until the draft, at the earliest. Others say only if Ducks get a great offer, or are convinced Getzlaf will not re-sign there when he becomes a UFA after next season (assuming free agency rules remain the same).

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SYF's avatar

You know about Donald Fehr. There’s also Richard Rodier (NHLPA point man on the Glendale money dispute, not on Commissioner Bettman’s Hanukkah card list) and Don Zavelo, who formerly worked for the US-based National Labour Relations Board. (Zavelo sent out the memos to players and agents detailing the objections with re-alignment.)

Jeebus, that’s some serious Labor heavyweights representing the NHLPA.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/09/12 at 08:03 PM ET

DocF's avatar

You know, instead of picking fights with the players association, Buttman needs to be trying to get his ass baled out on that fiasco in Phoenix.  He is wasting the owners money propping up a team that has no chance of ever making a buck in a town that never wanted a hockey team in the first place.  It escapes me how the owners can allow that to continue as the only reason for this mess in the first place is The Evil Garden Gnome’s desire to be a kingmaker and now his CYA mentality.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 01/10/12 at 01:43 AM ET

Primis's avatar

If the Ducks’ play continues, Getzlaf will be available, and at a much, much lower price than what is now stated when panic hasn’t yet set in.

Posted by Primis on 01/10/12 at 09:09 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Nevertheless, the CBA says the players have a right to veto. As much as anyone who dislikes Donald Fehr can say, “He wasn’t going to agree to anything we wanted, no matter what,” the truth is they don’t know because there wasn’t any negotiation on the terms of the re-alignment after it passed.

Bingo. Thanks for pointing this out, Friedman! So many people are missing this.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/10/12 at 11:08 AM ET

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