NHL Free Agents 2010: Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne and Defense on the Anaheim Ducks

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NHL Free Agents 2010: Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne and Defense on the Anaheim Ducks
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The offseason has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for the Anaheim Ducks thus far. 

With the retirement of Scott Niedermayer and the huge success Anaheim had at the draft, this ride can either continue on a pleasant path or spiral viciously out of control.

That being said, there are a few things on the Ducks' radar at this moment. 

Look for talks, rumors and headlines on forward Bobby Ryan, as talks with Anaheim have yet to produce a contract for the restricted free agent. Offer sheets are an option for the right winger, and any team would benefit from bringing Ryan on board. 

Bob Murray has already indicated that he is willing to match any offer that may come his way for Ryan.

In addition, the Ducks are still awaiting a response from right winger Teemu Selanne. It is still unknown if Selanne will return to the Honda Center in the upcoming season, or follow in Niedermayer's footsteps and call it a career. 

The return of Selanne could mean several Ducks prospects continue to take a back seat in terms of development; however Anaheim may not be able to blow off losing two hall of famers in less than two weeks.

On a similar note, Finnish center Saku Koivu is still a question mark for the team. His decisions may be based on what Selanne's future plans are with the team.

Most importantly with the start of free agency, the Anaheim Ducks should be seeking serious help in the form of a defensemen. The Ducks are even more desperate on the blue line after the departure of Niedermayer. 

The Ducks are seeking a physical defensemen to join Lubomir Visnovsky, Steve Eminger, Sheldon Brookbank and Brett Festerling. 

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