Ahead of the unrestricted free agent signing period beginning July 1st, reports are coming out that the Ducks are in the mix to land veterans Patrick Marleau and Ryan Miller.
Craig Custance of The Athletic is reporting that Anaheim is one of several teams in the mix to sign the pending-UFA along with Toronto, New York Rangers, Carolina, Nashville, LA, and San Jose.
Lots of interest in Patrick Marleau coming off 27-goal season. Toronto, Anaheim, NYR, SJ, Carolina, Nashville, LA all in the mix.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 27, 2017
Marleau has spent the entirety of his 19-year career with the San Jose Sharks. The 37-year-old forward is coming off a 46 point (27G, 19A) season, showing that he can still produce good offensive numbers as he approaches 40 years old. Depending on the price, he could be a very good piece on the Ducks third line and an imposing presence on the power play given his 7 tallies last year with the man advantage.
Meanwhile, Sportsnet’s Elliote Friedman believes that Ryan Miller will sign with Anaheim for approximately $1 million before incentives, if any. The former Sabres and Canucks goaltender would fill the Ducks needs for a veteran backup at a very low price who can carry the torch if John Gibson gets injured.
Miller carries a career .915 SV% over 14 seasons. He’s 36, but at $1 million it would be very tough to find a better veteran backup with those career numbers at that price.
Teams can only negotiate with pending UFAs as of now. They can officially sign these players beginning Saturday, July 1st.