By Michael Walters
Of the three players Lucic is the least likely to come to Anaheim. He averaged $6 million in his last contract, which was three years total. He is likely hoping to get another similar contract. The Ducks currently have approximately $15 million in cap space, but still need re-sign RFAs Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell. If Bob Murray is able to re-sign both, then the cost per season is likely to be a combined $7-8 million or more. The Ducks still have interest in keeping David Perron and Jamie McGinn. Anaheim is also looking for a solid back-up goalie to John Gibson. Additionally, Lucic was rumored to already be going to Edmonton, which he denied, but he has had contact with the Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks.
Eriksson and Ladd would be better candidates. Both 30-year-old players are left-shooting wingers, which is what Murray is looking for. They also both made $4.5 million last season, which might be a more doable range for Murray to work with. Eriksson scored 30 goals last season and 22 goals in the 2014-15 season. Ladd scored 25 goals last season and 24 in 2014-15. Both are the type of player Murray is looking to bring in as either one can play a top six forward role and provide scoring. Eriksson and Ladd were both were subjects of trade rumors to Anaheim back around the trade deadline, so it is no surprise to see their names being mentioned again as potential targets for Anaheim.
Around The League
Today three different transactions occurred sending the hockey world into a frenzy. First, the Edmonton Oilers traded forward Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson. Second, the Montreal Canadiens traded P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. Lastly, Steven Stamkos announced that he would be staying in Tampa Bay and signed a massive 8-year deal worth $68 million.
Some in Anaheim felt the Ducks could have tried to make a move for Hall, but the fact the Ducks are in the same division might have played a role in GM Peter Chiarelli’s decision to trade outside the division. The majority consensus is the Oilers still could have gotten more in return from New Jersey.
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