Having already made a coaching change from Randy Carlyle to Bruce Boudreau, trade rumors swirled around the Ducks, including whether the 41-year-old Selanne might waive his no-trade clause for a shot at another Stanley Cup. General manager Bob Murray stayed the course, though, and now Anaheim is putting together a run worthy of their cinematic namesakes.
“Every player is very much appreciative of what our management has done with the players,” Selanne said. “Obviously, the coach got fired, and we feel really sorry about that because it was our fault. But our GM has been so patient with our players, and believing in this group, not just doing a yard sale to get rid of the players. That’s why I think this team has really come together and healed together. I really hope we can go all the way. It’s an unbelievable story, and I think that when you go through some tough times as a group, when you turn things around, this team is so strong mentally and believes in each other.
"You never know how far you can go. Hopefully we didn’t put ourselves too far behind to come back. So far, so good, but the last five or six points are the hardest to get. I really believe this team can do it.”
By all accounts Goose loves the Sabres, and their fans love him. If they're trying to re-sign they'll probably be successful.
Buffalo's a team out of the top 8 that I could see making a big run into the playoffs. They're hot now, and Miller's found his game. If I was Darcy I'd be shopping Goose with the knowledge that there's a good shot to bring him back in July, and that even if they do make a miracle run to the playoffs it'll be hard for them to sustain a presence.