Anaheim Ducks among NHL teams unloading talent
The NHL trade deadline isn’t until Feb. 27, but the Sharks played their role in kicking off the unofficial start to trade-speculation season this week.
On hand to watch his team lose 3-1 to San Jose in Anaheim on Wednesday, Ducks general manager Bob Murray – justifiably angry with what that day became a 10-22-6 record – told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times that only two players on his team aren’t on the market.
No, not those two.
Apparently, the market is open for business on forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, respectively the league’s reigning MVP and a 6-foot-4 center who scored more than a point per game in each of the past four seasons.
Murray’s only two exceptions, surprisingly and rather uncreatively, are veterans Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, whom he’s not really allowed to trade since they have no-trade clauses. And Murray backed off even those, saying that he “wouldn’t stand in the way” if Selanne wanted to go to a contender. “We’re going to get ready for next year,” Murray said.
On Friday, he reiterated the potential for movement, if not a total upheaval, to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, saying, “I still think we have a decent core here, but we’re maybe going to have to change a piece or two.”