Latest Ducks Speculation – October 24, 2016
The Ducks place Simon Despres on LTIR, while trade rumors continue to dog Cam Fowler.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens cites TSN’s Bob McKenzie reporting the Anaheim Ducks placed concussed defenseman Simon Despres on long-term injured reserve. The move provides the Ducks with some much-needed financial flexibility as Despres’ $3.75 million annual average salary won’t count against the Ducks cap payroll as long as he’s sidelined.
Stephens suggests this could become the first move the Ducks need to make to free up salary-cap room to re-sign restricted free agent blueliner Hampus Lindholm. Stephens speculates a new deal for Lindholm could be between $5-$6 million per season.
Stephens recently profiled the solid early-season play of Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who’s been the subject of trade rumors since the summer. In order to free up cap room to re-sign Lindholm, Fowler ($4 million per season) was considered the obvious trade candidate. However, the 24-year-old said he’s tuning out the rumors and not allowing them to affect his play.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports the Ducks “has a presence” during a couple of the Maple Leafs’ recent road games. “Crank up the Cam Fowler rumours again,” writes Hornby.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks could also place Nate Thompson (ruptured Achilles tendon, $1.6 million) on LTIR. Combined with Despres’ salary, it’ll give them $5.3 million to put toward re-signing Lindholm. Of course, they’ll have to free up that cap space when Despres and Thompson are ready to return to action later this season. That could keep Fowler’s name in the rumor mill.
As for the Ducks scouting the Leafs recent road games, perhaps they were checking out the Chicago Blackhawks, who meet the Ducks on Nov. 25. Or maybe they were scouting the Leafs to consider a trade involving Fowler. Let you imaginations run wild, Leafs fans!