Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke is fielding offers for one of his defenseman, and while it's possible a deal could be done in time that would allow Scott Niedermayer to play tonight in the Ducks home game against the Minnesota Wild, it's more likely his first game will be Sunday against the San Jose Sharks.
Burke said Friday afternoon he is considering offers from a total four teams for a combination of players, with the most recent team joining the fray Friday morning.
It's possible the deal could be done within hours, but Burke said there is no urgency to make a deal because Niedermayer likely won't play tonight.
"We have offers on multiple guys," Burke told thehockeynews.com. "We're sorting through offers and we're trying to do the best thing. I don't think Scotty is playing tonight so there's no time sensitivity other than I think it's affecting our team."
Burke would not say which players are involved, but there is the possibility the deal could be a multiple-player trade involving the likes of Mathieu Schneider. Even though Schneider's salary cap hit is $5.625 million and Burke only has to clear $900,000 in cap space to activate Niedermayer, getting Schneider's salary off the books would give Burke the room to sign Corey Perry, the Ducks' leading scorer, to a contract extension.
Perry is due to become a restricted free agent July 1 and it's believed Burke doesn't want to leave himself vulnerable to having Perry sign an offer sheet with another team, which is what happened last summer with Dustin Penner.