Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray’s comments following his club’s recent loss suggests everyone but Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu could be available. Read on for the details.


Trade bait?

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray vented his frustration over his club’s poor performance this season, by saying Teeme Selanne and Saku Koivu aren’t available because of their “no-trade” clauses, and effectively putting the rest of his lineup on notice.”I still believe we have some core players. Now whether we have to change a few core players, so be it. They’re deciding who’s staying and who’s not staying at this point. They’re the ones deciding”, said Murray, who went on to say he’s not ready to concede the season just yet. He also said that if he does shop a core player, he’d expect a core player in return, and isn’t interested in trading established players for draft picks and prospects. As for Selanne, Murray said it would be his call if he wanted to be dealt to a Cup contender, as his intent remains for Selanne to retire a Duck. It’s believed Corey Perry, last season’s winner of the Hart and Richards trophies, is also untouchable.

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox believes Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke would be very interested in Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf if he’s available. Cox did forewarn, however, that we’ve seen this kind of “head fake” from Murray before, when Bobby Ryan several weeks ago was rumored to be available, only to see the Ducks instead change coaches.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples wondered what it would take for the Oilers to land Getzlaf or young defenseman Cam Fowler.

RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoid believes it would be a big mistake on the Ducks part if they were to trade Getzlaf.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ok, everybody take a breath and calm down. Murray’s not saying he’s shopping his core players like Getzlaf, only that Selanne and Koivu won’t be shopped because they have no-trade clauses, which the others lack. Sure, he’d be willing to listen to offers for the others, but as he also pointed out, he’s not going to just give players away for picks, prospects or unproven young players. I also concur with Lavoie that it would be a mistake to trade Getzlaf just because he’s having a difficult season, unless he comes forward and says he wants to be moved. I expect the Ducks will be busy at the trade deadline, perhaps shopping guys like Lubomir Visnovsky or Francois Beauchemin (two players who also have trade clauses but which Murray didn’t mention in the same breath as Selanne and Koivu). Murray would be crazy to move Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan and Fowler, unless he got equal or greater value in return.