Our guys capped a phenomenal nine consecutive game point streak with a 1-0 RT loss in Dallas. The effect of this game is to bring most of us back down to earth. Still, 8-1-1 ain’t too shabby. It isn’t enough to make GM Bob Murray lower his trade flag. As he told the L.A. Times Helene Elliott the other day,
“Like I said then, the guys are going to show me who wants to stay here and who doesn’t,” he said. “I’ll keep watching. There’s no time frame on anything. It’s a long time between now and the deadline. We’ll see where this goes.”
Murray repeated his, “I’m not trading Teemu” meme. Francois Beauchemin signed a new 3 year contract for a reported $10.5million. No doubt Beauch left some money on the table to stay here. Scratch his name off the trade list as well.Eric Stephens’ writing in the OCR suggests that Lubomir Visnovsky and Toni Lydman are pieces other teams will covet if our Ducks fall out of playoff contention. That’s quite a statement for the usually cool and objective Iceman. Fall out of playoff contention? Really, lol.
There are of course the daily unnamed source rumors posted everywhere. These include Teemu to San Jose because Selanne once played for the Sharks. Getzlaf and/or Ryan to Toronto so they can renew their respective man crushes on Brian Burke. Saku Koivu will be joining his brother in Minnesota. Eklund must have missed Saku’s numerous public statements that he has no interest in competing with his brother for a roster spot. Jason Blake and Niklas Hagman are headed to every team looking for depth scoring.
Now for a reality check. Ryan Getzlaf or Bobby Ryan aren’t likely to be going anywhere before the trade deadline. The reason is that we’re not likely to get market value for any of them until the off-season.
Based upon the season’s each is having, their respective NTC’s, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to one or both of Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu back next season.
This leaves the usual suspects of vets who don’t figure into our longer term plans as trade bait going toward the deadline. They include Toni Lydman, Niklas Hagman and Jason Blake. In other words don’t expect any blockbusters from Bob Murray until the off-season.