Ducks interestred in Kevin Bieksa?

• Why hasn’t first-line Ducks winger Bobby Ryan accepted the Ducks’ five-year, $25 million offer?

Ryan already has said he’s not worth more than linemates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both of whom earn an average of $5.3 million a year, so what’s the hold-up?

Is Ryan’s agent trying get another team to make a bigger offer to the restricted free agent, forcing the Ducks to match? My guess is Ryan believes he’ll be worth more than $5 million in the final years of the contract, so he would prefer to sign for, say, only three years.

It would be interesting, however, if the Kings presented Ryan with an offer sheet worth more than $25 million. That would intensify an already heated rivalry.

• Ducks GM Bob Murray wants to acquire at least one more experienced, top-four defenseman before training camp, and the latest target is Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa, who has one year left on a contract that will pay him $3.75 million this season.

Bieksa formerly played for the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League when Randy Carlyle was the coach there, so there is familiarity.

San Jose and Columbus reportedly are interested in Bieksa, too.

• The Kings have had at least three serious face-to-face negotiations with free agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent, but he hasn’t been satisfied with any of the proposals.

The N.Y. Post reported the Kings’ original offer was a 12-year deal averaging $5.3 million. Kovalchuck reportedly wants a $10-year, $100 million contract. That’s a big gap to bridge.

But the King might still have the upper hand if it’s true that Kovalchuk doesn’t like living and playing in New Jersey. Maybe that’s why the Kings are waiting him out.

• There also are Angels trade rumors floating around, as the July 31 interleague deadline approaches.

Most provocative, according to, is the Angels’ interest in Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee (.239, 11 HRs, 38 RBIs before the All-Star break).

11 Responses to Ducks interestred in Kevin Bieksa?

  1. Boston_Bruins says:

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  2. Boston_Bruins says:

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  4. reinjosh says:

    What do people think of the 7 year Koivu contract? 6.75 Million per? Seems too much to me.

  5. Boston_Bruins says:

    I asked this question on another topic. I think it's too much but then again he is an excellent and underrated player. I mean what help did he have in Minnesota?

  6. reinjosh says:

    Sorry, I must have totally missed that.

    Granted he hasn't had much help at all and he is an underrated player but he hasn't shown the offensive upside of a first line player. To me he is the same type of player as Plekanecs and Kesler. Granted he does bring more leadership than either and he is their captain. Maybe they figure he can be their go to guy with 30 goal, 50 assist potential? Fletcher did say he was their franchise guy so who knows. He did get the 2nd highest assist total in Wild history and the 3rd highest point total.

    It just seems a little much to me. 5.5 – 5.8 would have been good I think. With the exception of his third year, he has steadily improved. And Minnesota has always been so starved for offense it could be a smart move locking him up long term.

  7. Boston_Bruins says:

    It's definitely too much but I think this is a case of a team like Minnesota having to overpay to keep their top talent. I was thinking around $6 million per year or maybe a bit more would've been fair. The NTC in a 7 year deal isn't ideal but I doubt this will be one of those contracts that they will regret much as opposed to the Gomez, Drury, Campbell, etc. deals.

  8. reinjosh says:

    Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Its not like he had one great year and some other middling years. He has been consistently improving so its not terrible.

  9. cam7777 says:

    Plus, it's interesting you guys point out the Gomez and Drury contracts, as many believed that if Koivu hit the market, he was joining Gaborik in NY.  So basically, Fletcher had to be willing to go head-to-head with Sather with this negotiation.

  10. DannyLeafs says:

    I think it was also a case where it was valuable in a business sense as well. Smaller market teams often have trouble keeping talent, and even if you can remain mildly competitive it can be hard to draw fans in when you don't really have a franchise identity. I think they overpaid because this way they at least have a face that the fans will continuously identify with. Now they can fill in around him and continue to develop good talent and replace them with cheaper players as they have been doing for awhile, without having a complete roster turnover.

    I also think this was the biggest reason Nashville traded Arnott and named Weber captain. They realize that their success doesn't mean much if nobody is watching, and the fans crave a familiar face. I think they have made up their mind that they will sign Weber no matter what next year, just in order to have the same kind of stability.

    Also, I do think Koivu has potential for even more. If Saku had Mikko's size and ability, he could have been a hall of famer. I think the thinking is that if Mikko develops into the heart and soul gritty player that Saku is, he could be a real star.

  11. Boston_Bruins says:

    Minnesota is an interesting smaller market team. You could argue that hockey in Minnesota is more popular than anywhere else in the USA. They really have no trouble selling tickets despite the product they put on the ice. I think they overpaid on Koivu not as much from a business standpoint, but because they had to because they are labelled as a losing team.

    The main problem is their drafting. This team has been HORRIBLE in that area. They connected on 4 straight first rounders from 2000-2003 (Gaborik, Koivu, Bouchard, Burns). However you can toss out attributing connecting on Burns because if you couldn't find a good player in that 2003 draft you shoudn't scout for the NHL. It should be noted Bouchard was nothing special as well.

    Outside of that here is a list of the best players they've drafted in 11 years: Nick Schultz, Derek Boogaard, Josh Harding, and Patrick O'sullivan.

    Their first round history since Burns: A.J Thelen at 12th(candidate for biggest draft bust of all time), Benoit Pouliot at 4th, James Sheppard at 9th, Colton Gillies, Tyler *****a, Nick Leddy, and Granlund. Even *****a looks like he might bust right now.

    Worst drafting team in the league?

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