What if the Ducks continue to struggle until the trading deadline? What if we are out of the playoff spot by that time. Do you think it would be a good idea to become a seller? I mean we have plenty of players who are really old. I thought we had two seasons to win the cup, last season and this. We achieved the plan last season.
I think being a buyer on the deadline does only make sense as long as you trade your own 1st rounder which will be in the region 20+. If you have a potential top 8 pic IMO it's stupid to crash the future of the team especially if the team looks like ours (plenty of old and rental players)
So IMO it would also be interessting option to get some players in return that can help us being a contender again in 2-3 years. What do you think?
The problem is the Ducks don't have players to sell. Buyers typically buy impending UFAs. That's intentional, because a good team is normally very close to the cap/budget(pre-CBA) both this year and next, because a good team typically has a good core that are the long term pieces.
A seller would give off impending UFAs or guys with a year left with low to mid tier salaries. The only pieces the Ducks have like that are Weight, Selanne (he's not going to be traded), OD, Beauchemin, Pahlsson (injured).
None of them are getting you much, maybe a 2nd or a C prospect.
The Ducks would have to be mathematically eliminated for Burke to start dumping salary from this team. This team will be tough in the playoffs.
Burke won't be the GM in Anaheim forever, now is a good time to make a run toward another cup. Good news for fans - it's not over !
For the short term, yes but you can never forget the long-term effects. I think Burke, if his contract gets renewed, will probably go back to the drawing board and that means picks 'n prospects and build around Getzlaf and Perry.