Reaction to a recent”Paul Stastny-for-Ryan Miller” rumor, the effect of Teemu Selanne’s new contract upon the Ducks payroll, and Matt Read tries to ignore trade rumors.

Could the Avalanche trade Paul Stastny for Ryan Miller?

Could the Avalanche trade Paul Stastny for Ryan Miller?

Josh Rimer (Sportsnet, Hockeybuzz, NextSportsStar) yesterday posted the following on Twitter: “Been told to NOT be surprised if the Avalanche deal Paul Stastny to Buffalo for Ryan Miller. Stastny/Miller both headed to UFA in summer.”

DENVER POST’s Adrian Dater responded by Sulia, saying such a move would surprise him. “Miller is in the last year of a contract and will want huge money next year. He’s in his 30s and his stats are getting a little worse every year. The Avs would obviously be giving up on Semyon Varlamov if they do this deal – and I would have to believe he’d be traded as well.” He added, ” In some ways, the trade makes sense on paper – two teams getting something for a player they may not want to re-sign after this year – and in other ways it doesn’t. What they’re getting is the same kind of situation.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Miller was linked earlier in the off-season to the Avalanche, and even I suggested they could be a destination if the Sabres tried to move him this summer. Stastny, of course, has been in the rumor mill for over two years now.

While a swap of both, as Dater suggests, makes sense on paper, I don’t believe it addresses the Avalanche’s real problem area: its porous defense. The Avs current goalie tandem of Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere weren’t to blame for that. If the Avs take on Miller, they’ll have to move Varlamov or Giguere, and quickly (during pre-season would be best).

The previous word on Stastny (dating back to late-June) suggested the Avs wanted to keep him for this season. If they’ve changed their minds, it would be better to shop him for a top-two defenseman, rather than waste such an asset on a goalie who might not even stick around beyond this season.  

Still, the Avs new brain trust have so far shown a stubborn unwillingness to address its blueline deficiencies, so one can’t outright dismiss this rumor. If they make this move for Miller, they’d better ensure they re-sign him quickly to a contract extension.

At least Rimer’s given us something to discuss during an otherwise dull period for trade rumors.

NHL.COM’s Curtis Zupke reported via Twitter: “Selanne re-signs for one year at $2 million. Big pay cut from last year but ANA presumably out of running for a big $$ free agent forward.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks now have $1.474 million in cap space. Unless they demote a couple of players who fail to impress during pre-season, they don’t have much money left to invest in the free agent market.

USATODAY.COM: Dave Isaac reports Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read is trying to ignore the trade rumor which have popped up this year about him. Read is entering his contract year and is slated for unrestricted free agency next summer.