By Brendan Patel on April 16, 2014
The Anaheim Ducks head into the playoffs with a lot of confidence. With a lot of money tied into their star players, it is unlikely that they will be able to keep the same team together after this season. Here are five players who won’t be back in 2014.
Daniel Winnik is a valuable piece to this team who can fill different roles on any line. His bigger body allows him to mix it up, and he is a true two-way player. However, it is likely that the Ducks will choose not to re-sign Winnik and allow one of their younger prospects to fill the void.
Saku Koivu remains the savvy veteran and leader that the Ducks have needed all season. He is almost 40 years old, and may consider retiring along with Teemu Selanne. It is unlikely that the Ducks will convince him to come back.
Stephane Robidas was brought in to help provide toughness on the blue line. Due to his past injuries and age, it is likely that he is simply a rental in hopes of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Anaheim this year.
Jonas Hiller has shown that he can be a dominant goalie capable of putting the team on his back. Yet, recent struggles and top goalkeeping prospect John Gibson make Hiller expendable. He will be looking for a huge contract that the Ducks may not be able to afford.
Selanne is one of the greatest all-time Ducks who impresses with his speed and work ethic. He has made it clear that this is his last season, and will be retiring once it is over. Many will remember his goal in overtime to beat the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the 2007 NHL Playoffs en route to an eventual Stanley Cup victory over the Ottawa Senators.
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