Monday, August 08, 2005

The Ducks Are in Trouble

Scott Niedermayer was a great signing for the Mighty Ducks because he is the kind of player that can transform a team, but the Ducks are in serious trouble. Anaheim already has over $32 million in salary tied up for the 2005-2006 season, and that is only for 12 players. They need to sign 9 or 10 more players and only have $6.9 million to do it with. That means most of those players will be making the league minimum.

It looks like the only option for the Ducks if they want to compete (two lines of league minimum players does not make a competitive team in the NHL) is they will have to trade someone. Sykora, at 28 (almost 29) years old and making $3.1 million is the most likely candidate to get moved. The last two years on the left coast, he has put up 59 and then 52 points. He actually notched 34 goals in that 59 point campaign of 2002-2003. He has very good speed and would be a welcome addition to most teams. It's not that the Ducks don't need him (because they certain do need his offensive ability), but Burke can get back some nice talent/prospects in return. And like I mentioned above, the Ducks are in serious cap trouble and they have to do something.