It was so good it deserved it’s own page.
- Anaheim Ducks Right Winger
- 41 years old
- $4 million salary and cap hit. Not likely to play next year
- One of the best of all time. And still getting it done
- Stanley Cup Champion, terrorized the Preds last year
What more does playing in Anaheim prove for him? He’s smooth, smart, and still wins the very competitive skills competition the Ducks hold annually. He’s been turning in very good seasons befitting of a solid top 6 guy on an offensive minded team. Likely nearing the end of his last career year, Anaheim could be swayed to acquire the right asset.
The Ducks’ recipe of having one awesome line, one very good line, and the other 6 spare parts and goons has not worked the last few years. Cam Fowler and Lubomir Visnovsky are the studs of a blue line needing help. Jonas Hiller has played good, not great hockey. In need of depth and secondary production, the Ducks found themselves struggling out of the gate, but rallying under Bruce Boudreau.
The Catch: This is as pure of a rental as there has ever been, and Anaheim doesn’t feel the need to trade him unless the right offer presents itself. Teemu is a bit fragile, but serious injuries aren’t as common in Trotz’s system of puck pursuit. Plus, he’ll be playing protected minutes and power play.
The Cost: Wouldn’t it be perfect for their hometown kid, Jonathan Blum to head back to the OC to play for the team he grew up watching? If a lower round pick is needed, so be it (nothing above the 4th).
The Epilogue: Selanne is a pure rental, so no need changing how he plays. He’d be slotted on an offense first line with Suter and Weber covering, and be part of a very deadly power play. Given the marriage of skills existing on the team, and Teemu’s experience and skills, it could be a very happy ending for both parties, should this pipe dream come true.
We’re all in agreement- this is the year for David Poile to earn his keep. This scenario was seen coming long ago, no reason not to be prepared for it. There are options, both hidden and obvious for the taking. The Mike Fisher deal was a home run. Let’s hope Poile finds the trigger this year, in a conference that can be won.