Will the Anaheim Ducks free-fall spur a major trade? With Pekka Rinne re-signed long-term, could the Predators move backup Anders Lindback? Could Nikita Filatov get another shot with the Senators? Read on to find out!
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/LOS ANGELES TIMES: report the continuing woes of the Anaheim Ducks, whose collapse in yesterday’s 6-5 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks saw them drop their sixth-straight game for the second time this season, is raising anticipation a trade, perhaps a major one, might be in store for this struggling team. Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne are also wondering if major changes could be in store. Register columnist Randy Youngman suggested if a big trade is made, it’ll likely involve Ryan or Ryan Getzlaf, as the thinking is the team wouldn’t trade Corey Perry, last season’s winner of the Hart and Richard trophies.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A coaching change has also been suggested. This team needs a significant shakeup, but could they really part with one of their “big three” of Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan? I don’t think so. The Ducks also have limited cap space so they can’t afford to take on much salary, unless they dump some the other way. There really isn’t much of value they could part with beyond their top three players. True, they have Teemu Selanne, but he’s in his final season and I doubt rival teams would part with a quality player for a short-term investment. Defenseman Cam Fowler is definitely untouchable, and while there’s been some grumbling over Jonas Hiller’s performance, there’s no one else available this season who could adequately replace him. Lubomir Visnovsky is also sidelined with a broken finger so rule him out as a trade candidate. If they’re going to shake things up, it would mean moving Getzlaf or Ryan, which I think would do little to improve the Ducks.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently replied to a reader’s question regarding the future of backup Anders Lindback in Nashville now that the Predators have locked up starter Pekka Rinne long-term. Dreger noted Lindback will be a restricted free agent this summer, but suggested the Predators will retain Lindback this season in case Rinne gets hurt, plus the Predators intend to re-sign him this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, it’s possible the Predators could trade Lindback if they were to suffer a serious mid-season collapse requiring them to deal for depth, but I doubt that’s going to happen. They’ll retain him for at least this season, and if it appears they cannot re-sign him next summer, look to deal him then.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren reports Nikita Filatov has regained his scoring touch with the Senators farm team, which could impact if the club agrees to let him return to the KHL, or retain him with the possibility of calling him back up later this season.