Exactly. The Ducks will need to sign 3 top 6 forwards, 2 top 4 defensemen, and a goalie next season, along with some odds and ends. All the salary coming off the books talk is pretty misleading.
Couple that with how damn hard it'll be to trade Giguere, even if he has a great year, and you can see why it'd be so much better for the team if he returns to form and we have to keep him. Because, in all likelihood, we're going to be keeping him no matter what. Best case scenario is that both goalies play out of their minds and Hiller can bring in a nice piece THIS season.
Some of that will come from within, and I believe Selanne could still play next year, in which case Koivu would probably stay as well
If Scotty leaves after a full season of Giggy playing well, I could see Giggy picking up a d-man (top 3 easily) Prospect(s)/Pick(s). Maybe trade Giggy++ for a top-25 D-man, but that's all assuming Hiller is the real deal (Ever since the 2007 season, I've loved this goalie. The style of play is going to be more technical and athletic)
Hiller is my homer pick just because I want the team to be competing for years to come. Goalies are very rare in the NHL that can play on a level that carries your team. He did this at a young age as well, hopefully we see more. Giggy DID do it, but its been the entire team since 2003. He is a great goalie but he is going to start the decline in the next 2-3 years. With a tandem of Hiller + a solid backup goalie (I like MacDonald) for 2 years till Kyle Palmieri is ready.
But both goalies are good and the better one will stand out this season. I could see Hiller going at the deadline if Giggy shows up. Hiller for 3-4.5M a year for a team like the Flyers maybe. I could see Giggy going too if he waives his NTC/NMC. These two are in the exact same situation at the start of the season.
Kyle Palmieri? hmmm sounds like quite the steal! A center who can backup as goalie...
Next season the Ducks will probably need to sign some stop gap top 6 forwards and top 4 defensemen for 1 or 2 years, until guys like Palmieri, Holland, Bonino, Beleskey, Mitera, Gardiner, and Clark are ready.
Giguere should not be mentioned in the same sentence with Brodeur and Roy
Goaltenders who have appeared in at least two stanley cup finals since the '95 draft (Giguere's) and have captured a Conn Smythe during that 13-final stretch:
Jiggy plays the percentages. His "positional" style provides the shooter openings, but requires that the shot be perfectly placed/highlight reel quality. This allows him to avoid resorting to acrobatics and therefore injuries. He's got a lot more starting mileage than you think. Had Carlyle gone back to JS earlier in the '06 Edmonton series, we might be talking about 3-time finalist Giguere.