Saturday, July 25, 2009

Anaheim Ducks Round-Up

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Saku Koivu to a 1 year, $3.25 Million dollar contract and signed defenceman Nick Boynton a 1 year, $1.5 Million dollar contract.

After a very successful post season run last year the Ducks continue to alter their line-up with the addition of two experienced veterans. The loss of Pronger will hurt the organization as he added leadership and logged a ton of minutes, but had an enormous contract which limited the Ducks in adding depth. Koivu and Boynton will add leadership and a much needed second line center.

Saku Koivu has had to make one of the hardest decisions of his career this off-season. Playing with the Canadiens for 13 seasons, over-coming cancer and not being a french speaking captain for one of the most prestigious teams is just some of the accomplishments of his career. In Anaheim, Koivu will not have the pressure to carry the organization and his stats should reflect that. In 65 games last season, Koivu netted 50 points, a total he should surpass next season playing with Selanne. Keep Koivu on your radar in your draft, as he is a great option for a depth centerman that could end up being a steal.

Nick Boynton is joining his fifth team in his last five seasons and this may be his last kick at the can. A veteran on the blueline, the 30 year old has limited fantasy value. In 68 games last season, Boyton scored 21 points and 91 PIMs. Depending on where he lands on the Anaheim depth chart, Boyton may be worth a pick in deeper leagues or a waiver pick-up.


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