The Anaheim Ducks have signed Saku Koivu to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million.

 

 

Fantasy Impact: Goodbye Andrew Ebbett fantasy value. If he can somehow overcome the arrival of Koivu and pick up where he left off last April, I will a huge amount of respect for him. Because as of now, I just don't see it. That's a shame, because he looked like a promising 50-plus points player. Is his promise as a fantasy player completely over? I wouldn't say that yet, but this certainly hurts.

 

Koivu in Anaheim - probably playing with Teemu Selanne and Joffrey Lupul - should produce in that 65-point range. It's not a huge offensive upgrade to Ebbett, but it's a great name and character upgrade, not to mention experience. Lupul and Selanne remain unchanged.

 

On a side note - what's with Anaheim making all these moves? Don't they understand that they are the one team I have already completed for the upcoming fantasy guide? Now I must start over! Now if Atlanta and Boston would withhold from making any moves for a couple weeks...

 

 


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Eric Daoust said:

ericdaoust
... I can't believe how weak the Ducks suddenly are on D. Even with Boynton there, losing both Pronger and Beauchemin hurts A LOT.
July 09, 2009
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... fzusher - agreed, I was referring to season sorry
July 08, 2009
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
... They'd sure look a lot better had they figured out how to retain Beauchemin.
July 08, 2009
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Jerry said:

CallMeJerry
... The Ducks seem to be getting better with every move they make this off-season. How do you guys see the value of Hiller/Giguere? Are they doomed to split starts this year? If one of them gets traded the other will be a top5 goalie.
July 08, 2009
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fzusher said:

fzusher
... Not sure I agree re: Ebbett. While he put up good numbers in the regular season, he looked lost a lot during the playoff, suggesting that he still has big-league experience to gain to round up his game. Now they can use him on a third line with Miller and Christensen, giving him the opportunity to get the experience he needs while having less responsibilities, and filling in when Koivu is injured. He should still be in line to inherit the second line spot from Koivu next year. It took Andy McDonald several seasons after his promotion to bust out, and he was the magic 28 at the time.
July 08, 2009
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Bryan said:

brcw99
... Hey Dobber, that'll teach you for doing your Fantasy Guide in alphabetical order.smilies/grin.gif
July 08, 2009
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Eric Daoust said:

ericdaoust
... The only upside to this situation for Ebbett is that Koivu is injury-prone and he'll likely have time to fill in as the #2 center. And Koivu is signed for one year, so it's possible that this is a full season for Ebbett with low expectations (no pressure) with the opportunity to step into the top 6 beyond this season.
July 08, 2009
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