Ducks on trade deadline eve

Posted: 02/26/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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Just about six weeks ago Bob Murray announced that he was trading everybody but Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. My how things have changed. On the eve of the trade deadline our Ducks have more untouchables than the famed FBI unit.

League wide few trades have been made this season. It isn’t just Rick Nash holding things up. It’s also the ‘p’ word. Only two teams, Edmonton and Columbus, are thought to be out of the playoff hunt. Montreal is ten points out but even a modest 4-5 game win streak would them back in it. Parity has made for tighter races and fewer sellers.

Prices are skyrocketing. Jack Johnson, an established top 4 D-man and a first round Entry draft pick for Jeff Carter? So far Mike Richards most significant impact on the L.A. Kings is to divide the room. Now they trade for Carter? Dustin Brown does deserve better. Maybe the Kings will do him a favor and trade him to a team that appreciates a gutsy spark plug like Brown.

Our Ducks though are in whole other universe.

Enjoying an improbable run of now 17-4-4 our Ducks have few holes in the lineup but there are a couple. I’m okay with the backup goaltending but guys whose opinions I trust tell me Dan Ellis, Jeff Deslauriers and Iiro Tarkki all suck. Would a solid vet like Johan Hedberg or Martin Biron be an upgrade? Roland Melanson and Ty Conklin are said to be available but both are having tough seasons. Antero Niittymakii is toiling in Syracuse and while it doesn’t make sense to trade for a guy we could have plucked off waivers just 3 weeks ago, he could well be the best available.

Lubomir Visnovsky’s name is still popping up in trade rumors but I don’t believe he’s going anywhere. We do lack that big shut down D-man since we traded Chris Pronger to Philadelphia. There’s been no shortage of guys auditioning for the role including Andy Sutton, a miscast Kurtis Foster and Matt Smaby who has yet to play an NHL regular season game in a Ducks uni. The best available might well be Carolina Hurricane Bryan Allen. Roman Hamrlk has fallen out of favor in Washington.

Up front the forwards appear set. Additions of Rod Pelley and Niklas Hagman, return to health by Jason Blake and Devante Smith-Pelley and the improved play of Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey have given our Ducks depth up front not seen in a couple-3 seasons.

All in all it looks to be a fairly quiet trade deadline day for our Ducks.

  1. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    Quiet sounds good to me…making haste decisions at the nth hour rarely brings positive results. No crazy deals Murray, unless we have the opportunity to pickup Weber or a solid backup goalie at a fair price.

    Interesting to see what Burke does as the Leafs continue their slide…the Toronto media is already in panic with the Leafs out of the playoffs.

    • San Jose and Chicago fit that handle of slumping teams that stood pat as well. Sharks acquired Winnick and Galiardi from the Avs but neither is exactly a difference maker.

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