Are the Ducks looking to make a deal?
The Ducks aren’t scoring many goals and they’re not getting much offense beyond their seasoned big guns at the moment.
Such is life when you’re Bob Murray and you’re counting on a number of younger players while also trying to fill a gaping hole on the second line created when veteran Jason Blake was lost for three months because of a torn tendon injury.
But the Ducks’ general manager doesn’t see the need to make a panic move eight games into the season. Brandon McMillan, Andrew Gordon and other twentysomethings will get some more rope to climb up on.
“We’re going to give them time,” Murray said. “Seven or eight games is not fair. You wait until the 20-game mark and say, ‘OK, where are we with them and what’s going on.’
“When Blakey went down, it kind of disrupted the way we do things. … It’s disruptive but it gives people opportunities.”
Scoring forwards such as Calgary’s Rene Bourque and Columbus’ Antoine Vermette appear to be available but they also carry big contracts. Murray, at the moment, isn’t interested in deals like the one in which Vancouver got high-salaried David Booth from Florida. But Murray will have to make a decision on his youngest player.
Devante Smith-Pelly, 19, sat out the game because of flu-like symptoms so the winger still has played in seven contests. The first year of his entry-level contract will trigger if he plays in 10.
The Ducks can send Smith-Pelly back to his junior team before then and save the year or they can keep him for much longer. If he’s on their roster for 40 games, then his clock will already start toward free agency that can be gained after seven years.