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Please explain. What issues are going to confront Anaheim next season? You've made several remarks that they are screwed up. I haven't followed them closely enough to know what's going on. Why is their future so bad?
Selanne will be retired. Koivu will either be retired or gone. Same for Jason Blake.

They'll need to re-sign, acquire or develop 3 defensemen as Beauchemin, Foster and Brookbank are UFAs. Some of which isn't a bad thing because outside of Fowler, Sbisa and Vishnovsky, they probably need a reboot on defense. And Vishnovsky probably doesn't have a whole lot left in the tank.

So, basically, they'll be Jonas Hiller, the big line and...whatever Murray acquires next off-season. Which, despite cap space, he may be limited in doing because (1) the Samuelis have been trying to run on a lower budget and (2) the following off-season (and more likely sometime after July 1) he's got to re-sign Perry and Getzlaf whose deals expire in 2013.

The Ducks have probably overperformed the last few years given the dropoff in talent, but that will come to an end next season. Unless Hiller can win every game 1-0.

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