We know that Joe Sakic‘s coming back. Mats Sundin‘s still deciding. But what of Teemu Selanne? The Finnish Flash has remained quiet this summer, but reports from Sportsnet and a Finnish source say that he is returning this year – after the Ducks move Mathieu Schneider of course.
The Ducks are roughly $1.5m over the cap space with Schneider, which begs the question of how much Selanne is coming back for. If Schneider was dealt with the Ducks not taking on any additional salary (I highly doubt they will), they’d be roughly $3m-$3.5m under the cap, a perfect figure heading into the season as an emergency cushion, as Bobby Ryan, Petteri Wirtanen, and Logan MacMillan are on bonus-laden, entry-level contracts. The Ducks have to ensure they have enough cap room to accomodate their bonuses should they reach them. That being said, the question is, how cheap will Selanne come? Sakic re-signed with the Avs for $6m, but the Avs had made sure they had ample room to accomodate their captain, and sit roughly $5m under the cap.
While Selanne’s situation is a little different than Scott Niedermayer‘s in the sense that Selanne’s not under contract, Brian Burke‘s moves to replace Niedermayer (Schneider), are now preventing him from re-signing Selanne, but not for long. Either way, adding Selanne gives them another formidable offensive weapon, and whatever Selanne signs for, I don’t think this will be the end of the moves made by the Ducks before Opening Night. Todd Marchant ($2.5m) is still rumoured to be on the block.