Latest Ducks News – April 27, 2011.

Updates on what the Ducks need to address in the off-season, plus the latest on Teemu Selanne.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Mark Whicker reports the biggest question facing Ducks GM Bob Murray is what to do about his goaltending if Jonas Hiller remains plagued by vertigo symptoms. Murray wished he could have a deadline on Hiller’s status but admitted that’s not possible, which could make him look again at Ray Emery, whom Whicker claims played himself squarely into this summer’s UFA market by getting  the Ducks into the playoffs with his performance. Eric Stephens meanwhile reported defense is also a significant question mark, singling out Andreas Lilja, Francois Beauchemin and Andy Sutton. Lilja is a UFA this summer but Beauchemin and Sutton each have a year remaining on their contracts at a combined $5.9 million and won’t be easy to move. Murray admitted re-signing Emery is a possibility.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott reports Teemu Selanne is facing the same old question of whether or not he’ll retire in the off-season. Selanne sounded like he’s not done in his post-playoff interview but probably won’t announce a decision until mid-summer.

INSIDESOCAL.COM: J.P. Hoornstra reports Selanne will also speak with his friend and former teammate Paul Kariya, saying he’d be interested to know if Kariya would be willing to return to the Ducks next season. Other factors in Selanne’s decision will be how he feels when he starts training in Finland this summer, as well as the Ducks’ ability to contend for the Stanley Cup.

WINNIPEG SUN (VIA OTTAWA SUN): Paul Friesen reports Selanne denied speculation he might sign with the Coyotes if they returned to Winnipeg this summer so he could finish his career where it began.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe if Hiller’s future remains uncertain Murray will move to re-sign Emery before July 1st. If Hiller is capable of returning to action this fall it’ll give the Ducks three goalies, but Murray could either trade or demote Emery or Dan Ellis, who has one year remaining on his contract. Lilja won’t be re-signed and as Stephens noted, moving Beauchemin and Sutton would be difficult given their salaries. Not sure if Murray would be interested in signing Kariya but if that’s what it takes to bring back Selanne, and if Kariya was willing to return to Anaheim, the Ducks GM could consider it. The rumor Selanne would finish his career in Winnipeg if the Coyotes were moved there this summer was just silly.


  1. To me biggest needs are a 3rd line that can play defense and add some scoring. Got zero scoring out of 3rd line except when McMillan was installed at center. Second need is a second line left wing to replace Blake. Blake is too easy to push around and goal production gets smaller each year. Defense will get better if Duck FORWARDS would do some forechecking. Visnovsky and Lydman will be top two. Fowler and Sbisa should improve after both had good first years. Did not like the Beauchemin trade but he will be the number #5 guy. As for Sutton, at 2 million a year someone will want him for a low round draft choice when injuries start to happen next season. SIGN EMERY if you can get him for 2 million. If Hiller comes back, they can trade Ellis. GET A 3RD LINE AND TEACH THE FORWARDS HOW TO CHECK.

  2. Beauchemin and a 2nd round pick to calgary for Regher, then in the free agent market sign Steve Montador. Move Sutton and your first round pick possibly to move up a few spots in the draft, do not resign Marchant or Lilja. I’d say either pray for Jason Blake to retire, or i guess buy him out of his contract, no way we need a 4.5 million dollar third liner (scenario if PK comes back). With the money you save look to find possibly another scoring threat. Call me crazy but i think the ducks should look into Nabokov, he’s always been solid and with a proper defense in front of him I think he would be excellent. With all the holes i say fill with young blood, I expect to see major improvements in guys like Etem, Holland, Clark, and Palmeri by the next training camp.

  3. Very simple…beef up 3rd line with veteran scoring and face-off ability (ahem, Sami Pahlsson or Eric Belanger) and get a real stud defenseman who can really anchor the Ducks blueline. Also, pray mightily to God that Hiller recovers very well from vertigo and we’ll have our goaltending situation solved and sign Ray Emery as insurance policy.

  4. The Ducks need to improve their face/offs, speed, and defense. Maybe Bob Murrary should have traded that second round pick for Zenon Konopka when he had the chance.

  5. I can see Palmeri at right wing second line if Selanne retires or even third line right wing but Holland needs a year in the AHL. Also expect Etem goes back to Juniors. Burke has stated that he wants to move up in draft and he has Boston’s and Philly’s #1 which won’t be high ones, What’s the odds that Murray trades the 22nd over all pick to Toronto and gets back Boston’s and Philly’s back that Toronto has which will be around the 26th and 28th or maybe 29th. Ducks could throw in their second rounder or Andy Sutton
    and a third rounder instead of a second rounder. Leafs two #1’s for Ducks #1, #3 and Andy Sutton ?