Eyes on NHL heavyweights in wake of Ryan Miller trade to Blues
The big question now in the massive arms race in the Western Conference is what the Big Four — the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks — do now after the St. Louis Blues acquired goalie Ryan Miller and centre Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres for a bundle.
Do the Kings have to get New York Islanders’ unrestricted free agent winger Thomas Vanek now, even if the whole world knows Vanek is going to sign in Minnesota, where he has a summer home? Or should they go for Matt Moulson, who played 29 games with L.A. after general manager Dean Lombardi signed him as a free agent out of Cornell University in 2006?
Do the Ducks, who have two first-round picks and two seconds this June and need a right-handed shooting defenceman, take a big swing at six-foot-eight Tyler Myers in Buffalo, even though his salary-cap hit is $5.5 million? They could offer somebody like forward Kyle Palmeiri, but would probably keep winger Emerson Etem and goalie Viktor Fasth.
San Jose could make a move on Buffalo’s Christian Ehrhoff, who was with the Sharks once upon a time, or investigate Islanders’ rental blue-liner Andrew MacDonald for a first-round pick.