By Drew Ericsen
Over the past couple of months there have been many different trade rumors floating around regarding the Anaheim Ducks. As the season progressed further we saw what seemed to be two “lower end” trades occurred in the acquisitions of both David Perron and Ryan Garbutt.
1. David Perron Trade
As of today, David Perron has played 7 games with the Anaheim Ducks. In these 7 games he has tallied 3 goals and 5 assists for a total of 8 points. He is also currently sporting a +7 as a Duck. Carl Hagelin, whom Anaheim traded away in order to obtain Perron, is also doing quite well with his new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his 7 games with the Penguins, Hagelin has put up 0 goals and 5 assists for a total of 5 points. He also is carrying a +/- of +1. Both players seem to really be doing well with the play style of the two teams, specifically David Perron. Perron already has almost as many goals in 7 games with the Ducks as he had in 43 games with the Penguins. It seems that the now veteran, Perron, is feeling reinvigorated as a player, and is on track to have a fantastic end to his season. This trade worked amazingly for the Anaheim Ducks so far.
2. Ryan Garbutt Trade
The trade for Ryan Garbutt was clearly a move to get back to the physical roots of Ducks hockey by Bob Murray. Not only has Garbutt provided some excellent play along the boards, but he has seemed to pick up a little knack for scoring goals as well. In 5 games with the Ducks, Garbutt has put up 2 goals and 1 assist for a total of 3 points. He is also carrying a +/- of +1. For Garbutt the Ducks only had to give up Jiri Sekac, who has played 2 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, has 0 points, and a +/- of -1. The Ducks absolutely won this trade. While they did give up a guy with potential, they gained someone who really brought the team back to its physical roots, which is exactly where they need to be.
3. Do the Ducks Need To Make Another Move?
With the recent success of the Ducks, this is a question that has been popping up quite a bit. Before the current six game winning streak many would have said absolutely, but now it is a much tougher question. The Ducks certainly do have the potential to move someone, whether it be one out of the plethora of very good defensemen on the team, or even Frederik Andersen, who becomes an restricted free agent at the end of the season, unlikely to sign again with the Ducks. The problem with not trading Andersen is that the Ducks may not receive anything or less in return for him come the end of the season. An argument for the trade of Andersen is that we do have Anton Khudobin who while not as good as Andersen, could be a very good backup to John Gibson. Of course, a counter to trading Andersen is that it certainly would be nice to have the option of riding the hot hand if the Ducks are to make it to the playoffs. Another thing to note is that the Ducks have the NHL-ready Shea Theodore waiting to be called back up in the AHL. Anaheim could very well dump a defenseman like Sami Vatanen (which has been rumored), pick up another good winger, and bring up Theodore. In my opinion I believe that at this point the Ducks should move a D-man, and allow Theodore to assume a more consistent role.
I would love to hear other fan’s opinions, so please feel free to leave a comment below!
*All statistics in this article have been provided by NHL.com
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