The Ducks have put up the For Sale sign.

And you can bet Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke will be sniffing around, trying to buy some prime real estate … maybe C Ryan Getzlaf or W Bobby Ryan.

Burke and the Ducks’ GM Bob Murray are old trading partners. And Burke will be hoping that continues before next month’s trade deadline.

Murray sent a wakeup call last week and indicated everybody is available except for W Teemu Selanne and C Saku Koivu.

If anybody wants to add a Ryan or a Getzlaf, the asking price is huge. This isn’t a garage sale by any means.

A league executive told QMI Agency the Ducks want two high-end prospects and two No. 1 picks in return. For example, the Leafs would likely have to part with C Joe Colborne and C Nazem Kadri, along with the draft picks, to pick up one of the Ducks’ stars.

Sounds like a high price to pay, but Burke has certainly got the assets if he wants to make a trade. Getzlaf makes more sense for the Leafs, but don’t be surprised if they end up with Ryan.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/01/07/garrioch-rink-wrap


23 Responses to The Ducks have put up the For Sale sign.

  1. Steven_Leafs says:

    wonderful, first they were saying that the Ducks only wanted NHL ready players and now someone is saying that Anaheim wants prospects and picks. Seriously, someone is is just full of shit. lol.

  2. HABSSTAR says:

    Dear Mr. Molson,

    Please fire that idiot Gauthier, and hire a competent GM (who's language of choice I do not care one iota about) who will practice due diligence and at least call Mr Murray and attempt to set up some lines of communication.  Yes, we probably don't have the assests to pull of a trade but crazier things have happened, for example: Joe Thorton going to SJ for a bag of wet mice. 

    My second proposal, oddly enough, sounds a lot like the first in that it starts with "le Fantome" getting his skeletor like face punted to the curb and a new, competent, replacement begining the fix.  This would require individuals such as Gomez to find themselves in Hamilton, and younger players being given a chance to score more goals at a fraction of the contract price. 

    Thanks

    HABSSTAR

  3. JoelLeafs says:

    Well, if they were to trade away some secondary scoring and defence, yeah they'd want NHL ready players. If their captain goes – especially if Bobby goes as well – I can't imagine they would want anything but picks and prospects.

    What's the point in trading NHL top-line stars that have yet to peak for other NHL ready players? Unless it's players like, say, Kadri, who are on the cusp, they should only ask for future prospects. Other than for salary considerations, I can't imagine anyone over 22 going to the Ducks.

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    Gautier is a *****ing idiot. I'm starting to think Molson is as well. If he doesn't have a new permanent GM by the start of next season, the matter will be settled.

    I kind of think that the Kaberle trade puts them out of the running for any big names. They sure don't have the room, and what little assets they have they should keep. What's the point in shipping out future talent for NHL players they the team have, what, 30 mill tied up in a handful of awful contracts for the next 2 seasons?

    I hate to say it, but this franchise seems pretty screwed right now. Seriously, they would need to pull off several consecutive miracles to be in better shape within a season or two. They group reminds me of the leafs two years ago, except that the leafs had fewer seemingly immovable contracts. Burke somehow moved out Toskala and Blake, avoided overpaying for Stajan and Hagman (and maybe White, but he was pretty solid IMO [and is now on the top pairing in Detroit]), and acquired Lupul, Phaneuf, and a slew of prospects.

    The Habs would need to ditch Gionta, Gomez, Cammaleri, and maybe even Cole and/or Kaberle. Although I think Cole and Kaberle have by far the most upside of all the big contracts. This isn't a maybe, this is a must: they have to resign some players that are going to need HUGE raises. Imagine if someone offer sheeted Price, that could potentially ***** this team big time.

    Ugh, if I were French Canadian I'd be praying for a team to come to Quebec City… It doesn't seem likely that there will be much to cheer about in MTL for a while.

  5. HABSSTAR says:

    I will give Molson until the begining of next year to prove himself.  By that time I expect to see Gomez in the minors and a new, competent GM.

    Cams has had a rough year and he's overpaid if he's not getting 30 goals a year.  Gionta… what can you say.  I don't want to see another captain shipped out of town but it might be needed to fix the salary cap. 

    I'm thinking if Markov isn't playing in the next couple of weeks they need to find a way out of that contract.  I don't care how, I don't know how they do it but it needs to happen. 

    Kaberle keeps playing the way he has (point wise) and maybe, just maybe they can find someone to take him at the trade deadline.  Not looking for a huge return just looking to get the contract off the books.  I'd like to see Cole stick around to mentor young players, but maybe he has other plans, find out and see if you can ship him off if the plans don't work together.

    Maybe Molson is keeping his fingers crossed that the next lock out/strike will have an amnesty period of some type where you nullify all contracts and start over?  I dunno. 

    The last thing I want to see is continued 6th – 10th finishes in the conference.  There's no reward to that and it turns into a vicious cycle.

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    As well in regards to Perry or Getzlaf, I'm not saying Montreal can get them, or even should.  What I'm saying is I want to know that my GM would be on the phone regardless to sniff around and chat up the Ducks GM when guys like that are available.  Who knows what will come out of it even if it's not Perry or Getzlaf. 

    I don't get that feeling right now.  I picture PG sitting in his office with his arms crossed and a stupid look on his face either willfully obtuse about being negligent.  Or worse yet expecting this team to "turn things around". 

  7. reinjosh says:

    Well considering one comment came from a journalist notorious for putting out bullshit, and the other came straight from the horses mouth so to speak, I know which one I'll believe

  8. JoelLeafs says:

    Or sniffing glue.

    You're right though, I think this team is past 'turning it around'. It's hard to recommend anything shy of a full rebuild.

  9. hockeylegend488 says:

    ANYONE who doesnt think Gauthier got a side check to accept that gomez contract would be crazy. 

    I hope the habs blow the team up and the flames as well. In 5 years if they rebuild all canadian teams would be extremly competitive one would think. 
  10. JoelLeafs says:

    Then call me crazy, because I don't buy the conspiracy theory line of reasoning.

    Worse moves have happened. One thing is for sure: they need to get rid of this idiot.

  11. lafleur10 says:

    if a team offered sheeted price we'd match it instantly at any cost!

  12. lafleur10 says:

    100% agreed he's an idiot,but no matter who the next g.m. is .his work will be cut out for him because of the long term contracts,and we wouldn't be able to see how good this new g.m. really is until those contracts are gone then we'll see how good he is  at trading ,signing and managing players and the cap but his job will be easier say the flames,islanders etc because of some of the young pieces in place already,because their is a good foundation built there already.

  13. JoelLeafs says:

    Exactly. If some dick GM wanted to f*uck the Habs over, all they have to do is offer him like 7 mil at 5+ years with no intention of actually signing him.

  14. TheLeafNation91 says:

    How conniving is Burke?

  15. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Before anyone wants to kill Gauthier…

    DON'T FORGET Gainey was the GM of the Habs and really created this entire mess.

    The only thing Gauthier should take credit for is Cole, Kaberle, and Markov.

  16. JoelLeafs says:

    Burke would never do this. He wouldn't even do it (offer sheet) if he legitimately wanted to sign Price.

  17. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I know, it just would be funny if the Leafs did it.

  18. HABSSTAR says:

    What's that translate into 4 or 5 first rounders.  I'd walk away from him for that regardless of the GM making the offer.  It's simply too much money to pay a goalie and you know a contract like that will bite the team involved in the ass. 

    It's a bit of a double edged sword making an offer. Ideally you'd want to offer him slightly more than what the Habs would/could offer him.  As the signing GM you want to make an offer that discourages the Habs from matching without making it so retarded as to encourage them not to match it.  I bet making an offer on a RFA is a bit more difficult than most people think. 

  19. HABSSTAR says:

    …and the fact that Gomez is still not in Hamilton as well as a stubborn refusal to deal with the mess that was left him.  Besides he was the assistant GM I doubt he took the job of GM and proceeded to change little if he wasn't in agreement with the moves Gainey made. 

    Is it fair that Gauthier is taking all the heat…no.  But if he didn't see the mess he was in when he took the job it just reinforces my belief that he's an idiot and not the man to let try and fix/rebuild anything.

  20. THENOTORIOUS says:

     The worst thing that can happen to the Habs right now is start winning, I'm sick of watching them drafting between 14th and 20th!

     I would trade Gionta, Moen, Gill, Campolli, Weber ,Kaberle, Cammalleri and would buy out gomez or send him down the minors.

     and I would do it soon so the Habs could only drop in ranking, This way Price and Subban would lose value and would be easier to resign, I would also resign AK46 long term, I love this guy, he doesn't get much ice-time and rarely see him on the PP and he still put the best numbers on that team.

     I would bring up young players from hamilton and finish this year with whatever is left of that team, from trading the players mentioned above this would get the habs a few decent pick(s), I would wait to see what Beaulieu, Tino, Kristo, Gallagher and Benett could do next training camping only THEN i would attempt to make trade(s) to aquire experienced players.

     If the habs rush and let Gauthier make more decisions this year it could hurt them in the long run, plus you dont want to bring a new GM, Coach(es) or players in this environment, I say let the people in charge sink the ship, finish the season then fire everybody and start fresh.

     The problem with the habs is they always sign whats leftover not what they need. Before they got Gomez, Gionta and Cammy everyone were sayin how much the Habs needed size but once again Gainey settled for undersized players.
    This time the Habs should free up some cap and use it wisely!

     I still and will always wondered why Gomez cost what it did??? I will never understand and since that move i lost all respect for Gainey and Gauthier both, that move put the habs back a few years!

  21. palindrom says:

    Gauthier wasnt our GM at the time, it was Gainey

  22. palindrom says:

    Credit for trading Halak instead of price too!

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