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Good morning Darren,
Is there actually any truth to these Bobby Ryan rumours? I think the Ducks could get quite a bit for Ryan and right now might be the perfect time to move him.
What do you think?
A: Hi Wade. Yes, the Ducks are considering moving Bobby Ryan. Some suggest it's not a question of "if" but "when." I don't buy that. What needs to be made clear is the fact Anaheim isn't trying to push out a young player, or dump a contract. So if a deal is made, it will provide the Ducks with great value in return. Time isn't on the Ducks side given the way the team is floundering right now, but Murray will take as much time as necessary to gauge the considerable interest Ryan's availability is generating. If the rate of return doesn't match the potential Murray still sees in Bobby Ryan, the heat may shift elsewhere.
Nice to see a small town Saskatchewan boy make it big, from MacNutt of all places! awesome! Congrats (I am from Langenburg, although many years before your time)!
Which teams do you see wanting to trade for either Jarome Iginla or Miikka Kiprusoff - if they're available?
A: Jamie - Tough question to answer because Flames management consistantly insists neither star is available. If you believe in the concept of rebuilding, then it makes sense. If things don't improve in Calgary, the Flames are going to have to consider drastic moves. Kiprusoff would fetch a great return...more than Iginla, but with 10 expiring contracts at the end of the year, Calgary may wait to see what the offseason brings before moving out its most valuable asset. Iginla's situation is similar, but some close to the team believe there's a chance, in-season if playoff hope fades, Iginla's want and will to win a Stanley Cup will overpower the loyalty he feels to the Flames, the city of Calgary and his fans.
Are you surprised that Cory Schneider has started as many games as Roberto Luongo and has as many wins? Do you think this trend will continue and does it make sense that Alain Vigneault will be now (finally) be willing to start him in the playoffs?
A: Not at all surprised. The Canucks have managed Schneider's development masterfully and it's becoming clear he's ready to be a starter in the NHL. However, before Vancouver has to be make a difficult decision as to whether to launch Schneider on to the trade market, Vigneault is going to take advantage of his stellar play. The luxury of two top goaltenders has served this team well, but there will come a point this season when the organization will have to take stock of its strengths and weaknesses and determine whether or not the return for Schneider via trade outweighs his value in the Canucks crease. Schneider is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1 and some believe he could command upwards of $4 million per season.
The Wild seem to be way overachieving at the top of the standings, how are they doing it? For a team that's never mentioned in the East, how is the franchise doing? Are people getting on board with their success?
A: William, Minnesota's early season success hasn't gone unnoticed. Rookie head coach Mike Yeo has a reasonably inexperienced defensive corps playing well and on most nights goaltending from either Backstrom or Harding has been very solid. The Wild are defensively strong and have proven to be effective in tight scoring games and particularly good in the third period. This team plays hard every night and doesn't quit and clearly have bought in to coach Yeo's philosophy on how this team has to play to be successful.
My question is about Ryan Miller. How long is he expected to be out with the concussion? When he does come back, do you think he'll retain the No. 1 role with the Sabres?
A: Jeff, as long as Ryan Miller is healthy, he will be the Sabres No. 1. On Wednesday, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff told reporters he hoped Ryan Miller will be ready by the weekend.