July 29, 2005
No Mickey Mouse dealDucks listening to draft offers
By BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun
Who's on second?
As in, who will own the No. 2 pick in tomorrow's NHL draft at the Westin Hotel and who will that player be?
While it's no mystery Sidney Crosby will go No. 1 overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins shortly after noon tomorrow, there are plenty of questions surrounding the No. 2 pick.
After announcing earlier this week that he's willing to move the No. 2 choice, Mighty Ducks GM Brian Burke has been busy working the phones.
Sources say Burke is listening to a number of serious offers.
Colorado, Columbus, Philadelphia and St. Louis are among the suitors who have called the Ducks.
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- The Blues have qualified defenceman Chris Pronger at $7.8 million (all terms US), but that doesn't mean they're going to keep him. The word is they'd like to deal Pronger to the Ducks in exchange for the No. 2 pick in the draft, but if that's the case, Anaheim would have to renegotiate Pronger's contract. There's also talk Atlanta has made a pitch for Pronger and is considered a front-runner to land the former Norris Trophy winner.
- There's a big-time rumour out of Colorado that Avalanche GM Pierre Lacroix is trying to woo the Ducks by dangling forwards Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay for the pick and prospect Stanislav Chistov. There's also talk the Avs might try to get centre Sergei Fedorov into the deal since there's a good chance they're going to lose centre Peter Forsberg to free agency.
- There's talk the Flyers have also made a pitch for the No. 2 pick because GM Bobby Clarke would like to select Owen Sound right winger Bobby Ryan, whose family has a close relationship with Clarke.
In fact, there could be plenty of movement in the top five or six spots in tomorrow's draft as teams try to get the player they want.
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford, who owns the No. 3 pick, has only had a couple of calls.
"I've had calls from teams that I don't think were serious because they didn't want to talk for very long," said Rutherford. "I don't think we're going to deal the pick, but you don't want to rule anything out."