Jeez, it feels great to be blogging about hockey questions again. So let’s just step out and do it.
Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu are UFA’s at the end of this shortened season. The Twins and The Finn Twins if you will. The parties were prohibited from negotiating during the lockout. There could well be a gentleman’s agreement in place, but Bob Murray thought he had just such an agreement with Justin Schultz. The challenge for Bob Murray is, if either of The Twins remained unsigned at the trade deadline does he move one or both or risk losing one or both for nothing?
The Twins are still close but no longer joined at the hip. Both have settled into long-term relationships. Getz is married and a Dad. Pears is seriously committed. While they won’t be negotiating as a pair you can bet they’ll discuss their own respective future with each other.
Were it just left among our Ducks, Perry, Getzlaf and their respective agents and other advisers this would not be much of a concern.Count twenty-nine other teams, led by Brian Burke to have offers ready should either or both Perry and Getzlaf be UFA in less than six months.
The rumor mill will be churning, especially if the Ducks feel like they won’t be able to re-sign Perry and/or Getzlaf.
No doubt the Gossip Girls will be gabby bandwidth burners.
As for Teemu, I expect this to be his last but you never know. Certainly there’s a finality to having competed in 20 NHL seasons. A shortened, injury free and successful season may convince Flash to come back as well.
There are scenarios that could keep Saku Koivu a Duck beyond this year. Much depends on what Teemu does, if Getz and Pears stay or go and whether or not Nick Bonino and Peter Holland move past him on the depth chart.
Toni Lydman is also UFA but a decision on him will wait until we get a look at Hampus Lindholm as an injury call-up.
One certainty is our Ducks $15M in cap space will make roster moves easily facilitated.