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.