Offseason Plans: Anaheim Ducks

A talented team that ended up coming short of the playoffs, the Anaheim Ducks will have to put their summer plans on hold while they wait for decisions from two veterans. The back end has to improve, and the extent of the improvement depends on the decision of Niedermeyer . The Ducks have an enviable crop of young talent, led by ,Cory Perry , Ryan Getzlaf , and Bobby Ryan , so they should be able to fit in the necessary role players to quickly erase the memory of the franchise’s first post-lockout non-playoff team. On the flip side, if Niedermayer and Selanne elect to call it quits, that could shift the Ducks to a more dramatic rebuilding phase, still anchored around their core of young talent, but more focused on young players in the organization and what they can provide into the future.

Team Needs:
One top six forward, one top four defenceman, one additional defenceman.

Trades:

To CHI: 2nd in 2010 (42nd Overall), Jean-Philippe Levasseur
To ANA: Kris Versteeg

This will get you a top six forward. There aren’t many out on the FA market, and high priced stars such as Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrick Marleau just don’t fit the mold in Anaheim. Someone fairly cheap, but solid, is exactly what the team needs, and Versteeg is just the guy. Another option would be signing Pittsburgh’s Alexei Ponikarovski.

Draft Day June 25:
Select Vladmir Tarasenko 12th Overall

To BUF: 1st in 2010 (27th Overall, via Philadelphia), 3rd in 2010 (72nd Overall)
To ANA: 1st in 2010 (23rd Overall)

Select Mark Pysyk 23rd Overall

July 1 Start of Free Agency:
Sign Jordan Leopold 1yr/$1.25M
Re-Sign Bobby Ryan 5yr/$24M (4.8 Cap Hit)
Re-Sign Scott Niedermeyer 1yr/$5.5M
Re-Sign Teemu Selanne 1yr/$2.5M
Re-Sign Saku Koivu 2yr/$6.4M (3.2 Cap Hit)

Lineup:

(4.8) Bobby Ryan – Ryan Getzlaf (5.325) – Cory Perry (5.325)

(3.1) Kris Versteeg – Saku Koivu (3.2) – Teemu Selanne (2.5)

(4.0) Jason Blake – Todd Marchant (1.125) – Joffrey Lupul (4.25)

(0.497) Matt Beleskey – Ryan Carter (0.625) – George Parros (0.875)

(0.537) Mike Brown – Nick Bonino (0.71)

(5.5) Scott Niedermeyer – Lubomir Visnovsky (5.6)

(1.125) Steve Eminger – Jordan Leopold (1.25)

(0.875) Luca Sbisa – Brett Festerling (0.525)

(0.75) Brett Mikkelsson

(4.5) Jonas Hiller

(0.535) Curtis McElhinney

Total: $57.879M (56.779 w/ Bonus Cushion)

Once again, feel free to leave criticism, thoughts, and advice, or even your own ideas.


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