By Michael Walters
Last week leading up to the draft, there were plenty of trade talks involving Cam Fowler. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with Fowler on the phone yesterday. Fowler had this to say about the trade talks this past week:
“It’s been an interesting week or so, that’s for sure,” Fowler said over the phone from Hawaii on Tuesday afternoon, there on vacation with his girlfriend and family. “You hear your name tossed out there. I’ve heard that before even at recent trade deadlines, but this time with the position the Ducks are in and some of the salaries, it just seemed like it was pretty real. I was 100 percent prepared for something to happen. And was honestly pretty surprised when it didn’t. It’s one of those things where I want to be prepared for it to happen, obviously I love playing in Anaheim and being a Duck, I feel like I have a great relationship with [GM] Bob [Murray]. I just know that his hands are tied a little bit with what he needs to do. I just have to sit and be patient and see what happens.”
Trade talks seemed to have dissipated in regard to Fowler once the draft was concluded. There were several reports that Anaheim had been talking with Buffalo and Montreal about their first round picks(8th and 9th respectively). GM Bob Murray later confirmed that he had discussions with some teams, but reiterated there were no offers he was willing to entertain.
Another team interested in Fowler is the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit’s GM Ken Holland is looking to add a defenseman via a trade and has expressed interest in Fowler. Anaheim could look to made a trade with Detroit considering they have two left-shooting wingers, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, that Murray may be interested in. Murray has expressed a desire in finding a left-shooting left-wing that can play a top six role. Whether Detroit would be interested in any kind of deal like this is yet to be seen.
The Ducks do have plenty of depth on the blue line. Anaheim has Kevin Bieksa, Fowler, Josh Manson, Simon Despres, Clayton Stoner, and Sami Vatanen all signed next season. Hampus Lindholm is a restricted free agent, who has received a qualifying offer. Korbinian Holzer is an unrestricted free agent. Shea Theodore is also likely to play significant time in Anaheim next season. If Murray can’t find a left-shooting winger through free agency, then a trade involving a defenseman could likely be the result.
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