The Anaheim Ducks head into the 2013 offseason with a pretty fortunate situation. They have their core locked up and have some young talent that made an impact during the season, that could be ready to take on an increased role for the 2013-14 season. Which means they likely won’t be too heavy on the free agent market.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t without their own free agents that they have to deal with. They have a few on the roster, none of which would cost too much, that they’d like to bring back. The veteran forwards, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, will get most of the attention, but don’t overlook a member of their blue line.
Toni Lydman is set to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent, and while he’s an aging player on an already pretty old Anaheim blue line, he’s likely one the Ducks will want to bring back. He’s coming off of a deal in which he carried a $3 million cap hit, and probably won’t be seeking a raise.
Which is good news for the Ducks. They have some money to play around with, but not a ton of cap space. They likely wouldn’t want to bring back Lydman at that type of cap hit. If they can get him to take a paycut, he’s absolutely worth bringing back as a depth defenseman.
Lydman is capable of logging some decent minutes on the blue line, playing over 19 per game in 2013. While he doesn’t log any time on the power play, he’s an asset on the penalty kill, where he played over two minutes per tilt. He hasn’t scored a goal in two years, but has 19 assists in the past couple of years.
There isn’t any sort of secret as to what you’re geting from Lydman at this point. He’ll chip in a few points and can log some minutes on defense. That alone has value. Whether or not the Ducks will want to keep him around depends on his price tag. If the price is right, he’s worth keeping in the mix.