I have seen all the rumors too. Corey Perry to Vancouver, Ryan Getzlaf to Buffalo, Bobby Ryan to Toronto. It is my belief that none of those players will be moved at the deadline. Why? They are all young, good players that can help the Ducks for another 10 years. It does not make any sense. When you are a team that is not going to make the playoffs you trade the older veterans for younger players, prospects, and picks so you can turn your team around in the future. Here is my list of players that actually might be moved at the deadline.
Lubomir Visnovsky- Visnovsky had a great year last year scoring career highs in goals with 18, assists with 50, and his 68 points was tops in the entire NHL for defencemen. This year Visnovsky has been slowed down a little bit with an injury earlier in the season, but he has picked it up lately with 17 points in 35 games. There are plenty of teams that would be interested in the offensive d-man, and I would imagine if the Ducks did trade him they would get a pretty nice return especially because Visnovsky is still under contract for next season as well, and wouldn’t just be a rental.
Toni Lydman- Lydman doesn’t put up the offensive numbers like Visnovsky, but Lydman was a +32 last season which was second only to Zdeno Chara. Lydman is a physical stay at home defenseman, who is also signed through next season. I would imagine a lot of teams would be interested in him as well, if they are looking for a good shut down d-man for a playoff run.
Jason Blake- Usually when Blake’s name comes up one of the first words you will hear is “overpaid”. With a 4 mil cap hit that might be true. However if a team has the cap space, and are looking for a veteran that can put up points for a playoff run they might be interested in Blake. His contract does end at the end of this season, so it would most likely be seen as a “rental”. Blake missed most of this season with injury, but in his 11 games back he has 8 points so he definitely can still bring some offense to a team that is interested.
Niklas Hagman- The entire second line of Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, and Hagman all have contracts that expire after this season. Selanne, and Koivu both have a no trade clause, and it is yet to be seen if either player is willing to waive the clause or finnish their seasons with the Ducks. Assuming neither player does, that leaves Hagman who might very well be traded especially with his low cap hit of 1.5 mil. Hagman has 13 points in his 30 games with the Ducks and can help most teams second or third lines, and is a prime candidate to be moved at the deadline.
Dan Ellis- There are plenty of teams that wouldn’t mind adding a veteran goalie for a little extra depth “just in case”. Ellis is still capable of being a decent back up goalie on most teams. He did great for the ducks last year going 8-3-1 with a 2.39 GAA, and a .917 save percentage. He has been limited this season with a groin injury but is expected to return to the Ducks line up very soon. Ellis would also be a rental as his contract expires after this season.
Not the big names most of you were probably expecting, but in my opinion much more likely than the rumors that have been going around. Either way this next month should be a very interesting one to see who stays, and who goes from all the NHL teams, and the Ducks certainly are no exception.