Monday, January 28, 2008

Selanne stuns everyone

Just kidding:
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that right wing Teemu Selanne has signed a one-year contract and will join the team for the remainder of the 2007-2008 season. Selanne, who was an unrestricted free agent, will practice with the team today and travel on the club's eight-game, 15-day road trip (team departs Tuesday).
It'll be interesting if he can get back into 40-goal, 90-point form by the playoffs.

I'll post the contract details here once I have them.

UPDATE The deal is a $1.5-million contract, which means Selanne will receive about $600,000 for the rest of the season (with an additional $1-million-plus in regular-season bonuses to potentially be had).

If the Ducks have a prolonged playoff run, he becomes even more of a bargain.

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20 Comments:

At 4:34 PM, January 28, 2008, Anonymous ]effadms#2 said...

This move is cheaper than trading for someone at the deadline. Brilliant!

 
At 4:38 PM, January 28, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Brilliant bit of cap management by the Ducks.

 
At 4:48 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Well, as far as I'm concerned, the cap runaround the Ducks are pulling is old, old news.

I can't honestly envision many other situations where a team's going to be able to convince stars to sit out like this. It had to be coming from the players.

I'm more against what Niedermayer did, given he had a contract.

 
At 4:53 PM, January 28, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

It's old news but why not bring it back up again ;)

Would it be that hard to convince established stars to take extended breaks? In the NFL a lot of veterans already come late to training camp and don't practice until Thursday. Is it such a stretch to think that guys that will get paid regardless might do it once to help build a stronger team?

I am not saying that it happened in this case but it's not exactly that farfetched.

 
At 5:50 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger garnet said...

You probably could persuade many older stars to take the break, but how many teams would take the chance and intentionally do without two of their best for half the year? You have to be sure you can stay in the playoff race while they're away.

 
At 5:58 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

Well, as far as I'm concerned, the cap runaround the Ducks are pulling is old, old news.

Agree. At this point, who cares. If it was a sinister burke plan (which I have to assume it was) they really cheated the fans for the first half of the season in Anaheim.

That's all I really have to say about that. I don't see this as becoming an epidemic in the league.

 
At 6:02 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

But the Ducks didn't just go half a season without two of their biggest stars. They brought in cheaper replacements (Rafalski and Bertuzzi) to play for the first half and the cap space saved is enough to provide the room needed for two stars to rejoin late in the season.

I know it probably came from the players and probably only a selected few who have made enough money over their career would agree to do it for a champion team. But still, it could be argued that it was a cap circumvention tactic but I doubt the commissioner is going to give trouble to his buddy Burke for something that's not clearly written as a violation.

 
At 6:09 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger danielao said...

Cap management? Nope.

Cap circumvention? Yup.

How the NHL let the Ducks go through the Niedermayer situation without a massive fine is beyond me.

 
At 6:12 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

They also lost Penner and Bryzgalov, and getting Corey Perry under contract could be tough. It's not as if Burke was able to build a super team solely because Niedermayer and Selanne missed a half season.

What's interesting, though, is that the cap has no effect during the playoffs; you wonder if there's some way to circumvent using that loophole.

 
At 6:34 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

They also lost Penner and Bryzgalov, and getting Corey Perry under contract could be tough. It's not as if Burke was able to build a super team solely because Niedermayer and Selanne missed a half season.

That's true, but if you think about the summer, most everyone considered Schneider and Bertuzzi as the Niedermayer and Selanne replacements. Yet now that these players have returned, neither of the summer signings have been jettisoned. The Ducks have the original players they "lost" PLUS the replacements, and that's pretty crazy.

 
At 6:40 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Well, except Schneider replaced the Conn Smythe winner and Bertuzzi replaced a 48-goal scorer.

Pretty tough to think they'd fill those shoes.

I guess the reality of it all is that, if Niedermayer and Selanne were in the fold all season, Schneider's probably the one that wouldn't be there right now. And that's a pretty significant addition.

 
At 7:42 PM, January 28, 2008, Blogger The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

Update: Selanne retroactively selected to all-star game!

 
At 12:27 AM, January 29, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

Except that AFAIK Niedermayer didn't save them any cap space at all. They had him under contract, and they had to keep that amount of space open in case he came back. The only juggling they had to do at that point (add Andy MacDonald to the list of players lost) was to clear up space against next year's cap in order to activate him.

Niedermayer's pseudo-retirement hurt the team and if the Sharks or Stars had gotten their act together might have cost them home ice in the playoffs.

I'm also curious to see if Selanne can get back into form or not... a lot of times players that have skipped training camp (contract holdouts) have gotten injured right away and messed up their seasons.

 
At 2:11 AM, January 29, 2008, Anonymous ]effadams#2 said...

Old news. No.
Cheating the fans. No.
Cheating the league. No.

This is a case of two older star players, who just won the Stanley Cup, taking an extended summer break -[which they earned]- without pay.

Where is the problem? It is not like Brian Burke did not know that this was going on. I am sure that he extended this offer to his players. What a great way to keep to his older players happy and healthy.

If he was left twisting in the wind as the MMM has claimed then why did he leave himself enough cap space to bring these two back into the fold.

This was a premeditated move to keep his star players in the fold for the next run at the Cup while at the same time adding quality depth to his roster in the summer AND filled in his trade deadline needs without having to surrender any of his young kids.

Anyone who is upset by these moves is jealous that their team is not as good [on paper] as the Ducks.

I said this was going to happen all summer, and was laughed at. Thanks for getting me the last laugh Burkie.

 
At 5:28 AM, January 29, 2008, Anonymous Marcus said...

Hey! Doug Weight will finally get a good winger (for the first time in his carreer)! Hell must be freezing over as we speak.

 
At 2:17 PM, January 29, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

Except that AFAIK Niedermayer didn't save them any cap space at all. They had him under contract, and they had to keep that amount of space open in case he came back

I am pretty sure that's incorrect. Once a player is suspended, the player is not compensated and therefore cap room is saved. In fact, Niedermayer's return forced Burke to make a trade because the rules require that his roster won't exceed the cap next season. The reason? His current roster would exceed this season's cap if every player is dressed in every game this season. In other words, they saved cap space by Niedermayer's leave of absence.

 
At 4:18 PM, January 29, 2008, Anonymous Anshu said...

It's not as if Burke was able to build a super team solely because Niedermayer and Selanne missed a half season.

Well, I submit that he could have done better than he did. $4M for Bertuzzi? That is insane, and completely unnecessary.

He could have extended Penner instead (at a more reasonable rate) and avoided the whole acrimonious situation with Lowe, and put his team in better stead for the long term.

This is one of the examples that leads me to conclude that Burke is over-rated as a GM.

 
At 4:47 PM, January 29, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I would agree that, this season, Burke has made some missteps, but Bertuzzi's played very, very well lately.

If he ever gets back anywhere close to his 46-goal form, that signing might turn out just fine.

 
At 4:58 PM, January 29, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

In fact, Niedermayer's return forced Burke to make a trade because the rules require that his roster won't exceed the cap next season. The reason? His current roster would exceed this season's cap if every player is dressed in every game this season.

This is mostly correct, but remember it's not this year's salary that created the tag issue, it's next year's. That's nitpicking, but it is important, especially as Getzlaf will see his salary increase tenfold (or something) for next year.

 
At 1:47 AM, January 30, 2008, Blogger Doc Nagel said...

This whole thing bugs the heck out of me. It looks like Anaheim gaming the system, and it looks like Niedermeyer and Selanne gaming the system. It's like bringing in a ringer at the last possible moment - your team isn't what it was, what it was purported to be. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it feels unfair somehow.

(I have to confess I'm biased against Anaheim. Mario Lemieux came back halfway through 2000-01, after all, but I feel like that was a different situation.)

 

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