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03-25-2013, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Guru Meditation View Post
My guess is that Ana, STL, and NSH are there to drive up the asking price.

You might say, "but the price is the same for all teams!" but I think the goal is to see if one GM will promise Danny things that he maybe should not, like REALLY large amounts of ice time.

The way I see this working out is as follows:

He has Detroit, and he knows what Detroit is offering. He wants to see if Edmonton will go over the top, in which case he'll sign in Edmonton. He's kicking the tires on the other teams to see if they'll wow him, but it's mostly to see if Edmonton will really go crazy with their offer. If Edmonton just sort of sticks to their original offer, he'll sign in Detroit.

Here are the big bargaining chips as I see them (and let's note that while these are not guarantees, they are "chances" that a GM can offer):

Nashville: The chance to play with Shea Weber either eventually or even this season a little bit.

STL: Similarly, the chance to play with Pietrangelo a bit.

Anaheim: ??? I think they're being used to increase demand. They have a stocked prospect pool and nothing particularly prestigious for a young D to covet.

Edmonton: The chance to play first pairing with Schultz and see if it works.

Detroit: top 4 minutes and power play time on his home team with his family cheering him on. (Basically, the fanboy dream)
Anaheim wouldn't be involved if they weren't going to make a legit pitch, and didn't really want him, and I think you're underrating the draw Anaheim could have. The Ducks have a history of dipping into the NCAA to find undrafted players, and they've had good success doing it. Burke apparently loves the kid, and was going hard after him in Toronto.

Most people don't appreciate the youth aspect for Anaheim. They have a terrific young core already in the NHL. Perry and Getzlaf are 27. Fowler is 21. Palmieri, Holland, Etem, Sbisa, Ryan, Cogliano, Beleskey, Bonino. This is a young team that is coming of age, and they have a bright future ahead of them. On top of that you have an impressive prospect pool, with some real talent on its way. All of this, and a team that is currently one of the best in the league. I think you'd need to try real hard to not see the promise of a good future, and this with a team that has been very successful since the 04-05 lockout.

Then there's the management aspect. The players absolutely rave about management in Anaheim. There seems to be a real feeling that the organization takes care of their own, and they care about the community around them. Since the Samueli's bought the team, they've bought up the ice rinks and put together hockey programs, and school programs, and they're getting real results. Hockey is on the rise here.

And finally, there's just the appeal of living in California, especially when you're well off financially.

I suspect Detroit has the inside track, but to imply DeKeyser has no real reason to give them serious consideration is just not true. He has many reasons to consider Anaheim, and I don't necessarily think that Detroit can claim to have the same reasons. Different ones, yes, but I don't believe anyone can say Detroit has everything Anaheim can offer.

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