ESQ wrote:I said earlier in the year that I thought Downie would be a good fit on the Canucks, but I don't think its going to be good for the Avs. Even though he was much calmer/more sane in Tampa, apparently that had a lot to do with his relationship with Stamkos. On a young Avs team that has appeared to lack a leader since Foote retired, this could go very bad.
dbr wrote:Good player, but that $3.75m cap hit..
dbr wrote:Yeah exactly - good deal for a team with cap space. Turns out to be for Ottawa's 2nd, a 5th and Curtis McIEhinney..
As an aside, I'm glad to see Vermette go to a team like Phoenix rather than a team like the Sharks who got a significantly worse player in Dominic Moore for a marginally cheaper price.
dbr wrote:As an aside, I'm glad to see Vermette go to a team like Phoenix rather than a team like the Sharks who got a significantly worse player in Dominic Moore for a marginally cheaper price.
Selanne does indeed give this club a more competitive edge than Mason Raymond.
Assuming no hiccups, Ruutu expected to get a 4-year extension with a slight bump on the $3.8M he's currently earning.
An eight-game road trip for the Ducks that it nearing its end is accomplishing two concurrent things essential to the immediate future of the team.
The Ducks have now made an entrance into the Western Conference playoff picture and that is helping convince franchise icon Teemu Selanne that he’d rather make a run at the postseason with them and not seek the chance of winning another Stanley Cup elsewhere.
Several contending teams and their fan bases relish the idea of adding a future Hall of Famer with 657 goals on his resume but Selanne told the Register on Wednesday that he is not thinking about waiving his no-trade clause to seek a deal.
“We haven’t even talked about that,” Selanne said. “There’s good things going here right now. We all really believe we can make it to the playoffs. It hasn’t been on my mind at all.”
The Ducks are six points behind the eighth-place Kings in the Western Conference, having made up significant ground with a 15-3-4 run after being 20 points out on Jan. 6. They’ve won four times on the first seven legs of a trip that ends Thursday in Carolina and have gained 10 out of a possible 14 points.
Had the club went south and fallen out of playoff contention, Selanne may have entertained thoughts of trying to hook on with another team to make a run at a Cup.
When asked directly if he plans to be with the Ducks for the remainder of the season, Selanne coyly said, “Right now, yeah.”
Asked whether that can change before Monday’s NHL trade deadline, the winger said, “You know what, I really believe that we’re going to make it. Like I said earlier, it would be selfish to even think about other options right now.”
Selanne did acknowledge that the Ducks’ road trip would be a factor in his decision making. He said that he hasn’t spoken to General Manager Bob Murray about the topic. Murray has said that he would not trade the immensely popular winger.
A scenario of a possible deal would only take place if Selanne had requested to be moved.
“We all knew that this trip is going to be do or die and so far we have played so well here that I don’t even have to think about any other options. So that’s a good thing and I’m very happy about that.
“I know it’s my call. This road trip has helped me a lot.”
spooner wrote:Madcombinepilot wrote:Isnt Downie a rental as well?
He's a RFA this summer. I'd imagine the Avs will be holding on to him for at least next season.