By Michael Walters
Sekac recorded one goal and two assists even plus/minus rating and four penalty minutes in 22 games with the Ducks this season. Last season he had two goals and five assists with the Ducks after being traded from Montreal for Devante Smith-Pelly.
Garbutt scored two goals and four assists for a total of six points with 27 penalty minutes in 43 games with Chicago this season. Garbutt had played for the Dallas Stars from the 2011-12 season until last year. During the summer Chicago acquired from him with Trevor Daley in exchange for Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns on July 10, 2015.
During the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs the Ducks squared off with the Dallas Stars in a first round battle. It’s no secret that the Ducks and Garbutt were at odds with each other during that series. Antoine Roussel and Garbutt got under the skin of the Ducks, especially Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. It was an extremely physical and nasty series with the Ducks prevailing in six games. It will be interesting to see the interaction between Garbutt when he first visits his new team.
This trade falls in line with the David Perron trade. That trade involved moving a skilled player for a more grittier player just like this trade. Sekac was a fan favorite to many in Anaheim, but he wasn’t getting it done offensively. Garbutt will bring an added grit to the Ducks lineup. It’s clear that Bob Murray is trying to get a more physical team for the rest of this season.
Why This Trade Could Work For Anaheim
1. The Ducks haven’t been as physical this season as we have seen in past years. Garbutt’s game is all about being physical and he will bring that to Anaheim.
2. Offensively it’s a pretty even trade with maybe a slight edge to Garbutt. Sekac only recorded three points this season, but Garbutt had six. It’s not a major advantage, but time will tell down the stretch of this season.
3. Sekac wasn’t healthy this season with an ankle injury that kept him out for several weeks. He only played 22 games where Garbutt has played in 43 out of 49 of Chicago’s games. Garbutt could also see an increase in ice time with the Ducks.
If the Ducks want to make the playoffs and compete with physical teams like Los Angeles, Chicago, etc., then this trade is a good strategic move. The Ducks haven’t been the overpowering physical team night in and night out as in seasons past. They have also had issues scoring all season largely due to inconsistent pressure around the opponent’s net. Garbutt will go to the net, get in the corners, and fight to keep the puck in the zone. These are good attributes to help the Ducks forecheck and possibly improve the offensive chances. Perron has paid dividends in two games already and Garbutt could too.
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