The hockey world was getting all excited about the possibility that Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan was on the trade block.
The Ducks were floundering and something had to give. As a much-coveted asset, Ryan could fetch an awesome return in a trade.
What team couldn't use a proven goal scorer with a robust playing style?
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle relegated Ryan to his third line, hoping to create more scoring balance for his reeling squad. That move increased speculation about Ryan's future in SoCal.
And then Ducks GM Bob Murray abruptly fired Carlyle and hired just-fired Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. The NHL's annual firing season is well under way.
Boudreau enjoyed remarkable regular season success in Washington. While Capitals GM George McPhee believed Boudreau had emptied his coaching bucket in D.C. and ran out of ways to motivate that team, Bruce insisted he was still fresh and ready to coach.
So there is reason to believe his voice will be heard in Anaheim, where the Ducks had apparently grown weary of Carlyle. Among Boudreau's first challenges: Get center Ryan Getzlaf going again.
He should also move Ryan back into a primary scoring role and convince Murray not to deal this gun.