Not too familiar with both teams salary issues...but i do know that Niedermayer 6.75 is likely off the books for the Ducks, giving them some wiggle room cap wise.
to Ottawa: Bobby Ryan
to Anaheim: Dany Heatley, pick
Ottawa gets a good young player that took leaps and bounds this year, with a low cap hit. Anaheim gets a 50 goal man that would be amazing with Getzlaf and Perry, but they would also be forced to move salary somewhere to make room.
As a sens' fan I do this deal in a heartbeat, assuming it's a 1st. We'd get a young stud in Ryan who will fill a portion of the void left by Heater and could use the capspace to get another top 6 forward or top pairing d'man.
I suspect Anaheim keeps Ryan though, more value when you relate their salaries to performance. However, Lupul and Heater did look great together so you never know.
Though I'd love Heatley on the Ducks, I don't think they make this move. First, there is salary cap issues if Niedermayer returns (and if he doesn't, does ownership spend to the cap once again or not?).
Ryan is a guy the Ducks have invested a lot of time in and he's showing signs of really working out. He may never hit 50-50 like Dany can, but he could be a solid 40-goal guy who's cheap right now. Add in the "high pick" which could produce another cheap, young player and I'd have to decline if I'm Anaheim.
Unless Giguere or Pronger got moved or Nieds doesn't return, pretty unlikely Anaheim will be suitors for Heatley. But if a string of things happened, they could fit him I think:
- Sign Scott at same salary as now or less (though unlikely as his recent comments about taking a discount seems he wants full value)
- Let Rob walk
- Extend Wiz for under 2.5M
- Call up or sign two depth forwards at league minimum
- Call up one league minimum or close dman
- Sign or call up league minimum backup goaltender
Then try a package like Hiller, 15th overall, Mitera/Gardiner maybe (though I'm sure some other team would beat that). Ott opens up a ton of cap space there though.