Monday, January 28, 2008

The Finnish Flash Flies with the Flock

The Ducks had officially made the worst kept secret public news on Monday afternoon. Teemu Selanne (non-pool) has re-signed with the Ducks for the remainder of the season for an undisclosed amount.

The Ducks, who are already 53 games into their season, will have Selanne at a discounted price, much like they do with Scott Niedermayer (non-pool), which should keep them within the boundaries of the salary cap for the end of the year.

Even in an annual sense, the Ducks active 23-man roster (including the injured Samuel Pahlsson) that was active on January 24th versus Los Angeles had an salary total of $48.2 million (approx.). So, the addition of Selanne and $2.1 million would have the team at the cap maximum. Of course, the cap system doesn't work that easily, but just as an idea, this is what he'll probably look at receiving, if not a little bit less.

Chris KunitzRyan GetzlafCorey Perry
Teemu SelanneDoug WeightTodd Bertuzzi
Travis MoenRob NiedermayerTodd Marchant
Brad MayBrian SutherbyGeorge Parros
Ryan CarterSamuel PahlssonBrandon Bochenski
Scott NiedermayerChris Pronger
Mathieu SchneiderFrancois Beauchemin
Kent HuskinsJoe DiPenta
Sean O'Donnell
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jonas Hiller

In terms of the pool, Wes gambled incorrectly with who would return first to the league. He had the choice between Selanne or Peter Forsberg (Wes), whom he still has active on his team. Forsberg may still be along in the league here in the coming weeks, but his pool value is still rather questionable. Selanne will be available to anyone who would want to take a chance on him beginning in Week Twenty-One (but chosen in Week Twenty).

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