By Stu Hackel
The gun goes off at noon on Sunday for the start of NHL Free Agency and we’ll be here that morning to begin our live blog of the day’s action. Considering the high volume of rumors and conjecture this year, it could be one of the wilder July 1′s for hockey in a while.
So here’s a quick look at what spots each team is seeking to fill going into the offseason, some of which they’ll try to address on the open market. Below are the Western Conference teams. The Eastern Conference teams can be found here. To see the players who are available in free agency, go to TSN.ca.
DUCKS – They have lots of cap space, but lots of needs: improve their defense corps, their secondary scoring and their depth forwards. With Teemu Selanne still undeclared for next season, the Ducks have only Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan and Saku Koivu under contract for next season when it comes to productive forwards, and not much beyond them. And they’re contemplating dealing Ryan. There’s talk they’d like a second line center, a move that would bump the aging Koivu down to the third line, although Teemu (if he returns) likes playing with Saku. But it’s on D that Anaheim really needs help, and a first-rate shutdown defenseman should be high on their list.