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by Paul on 01/09/12 at 07:30 PM ET
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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