Ok, unless he takes the "discount" to stay in Anaheim, it's time to get him. He has been quoted saying he would love to play with Filppula because they have a ton of chemistry. His words, not mine. I cannot find the quote, but I know I read it last year around the deadline. Anyhow, I am sure Holland would throw $4.5M at Selanne if he wanted to come here. It would also make Filppula more excited to re-sign here and maybe he would come off the $5M that we have heard he is looking for... I just think that having a first line of Filppula-Datsyuk-Selanne would not only be exciting to watch, but they just may get a few more points than what the Cleary-Datsyuk-Abdelkader line was producing. Selanne would instantly make our PP that much better as well. I know he is 42 (Filppula is 30 today, BTW) but he still pays like he is in his 30's and if we could get him for a couple of years it would be great!
Filppula - Datsyuk - Selanne
Franzine - Zetterberg - Brunner (ya, I know, we are stuck with Franz)
Tatar - Helm - Eaves
Abdelkader - Andersson - Tootoo
That lineup next season is fine with me. As long as Franzine returns to his 30 goal form (lazy or not) then we should have no issue with scoring... and yes I know Bert and Sammy are missing. I maintain buying them out or if Bert is in LTIR that works too...then we could buyout Colaiacovo. Sign Dekeyser and Sustr to replace White and Cola...
Then hard part is getting him to come here. I know they would both be excited to play together (and the Duck absolutely cannot afford Fil, unless they trade us Bobby Ryan for him (that's another thread! ))