Ducks players hope there's no sale
SUNRISE, Fla. – To sell or not to sell? That is the question for the Ducks.
A setback to New Jersey in a shootout Friday night left them in 13th place in the Western Conference with five teams still to climb past in their longshot pursuit of a playoff berth with just 24 games to go.
But these Ducks have the postseason in their sights as a 14-2-4 run has gotten them to seven points back of eighth place after being 20 points when this all started Jan. 6 against the New York Islanders.
Not only do the Ducks want to see how this will all play out, but they want to do it together after weeks and months when they were identified as sellers at the upcoming trade deadline with valuable pieces coveted by many other teams.
“I haven’t heard them talk about the trade rumors or anything,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think it’s a group that just wants to win. And they believe every game is a Game 7 because we’ve been in that situation since forever.”
General Manager Bob Murray has been taking phone calls and fielding offers since November when he decided that firing Randy Carlyle and hiring Boudreau was a better answer than trading away one of his stars like Bobby Ryan.
There have been small player moves here and there but not the major trade to shake up an underperforming team or signal that it’s time to rebuild. And with NHL trade deadline Feb. 27, the red-hot Ducks would like to keep the status quo.
“We’ve worked really hard to get back to where we are,” captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “And we’ve done it as a group. That’s the way hockey goes. We can rally around each other and get back into this thing and get into a position where we’re able to push for that playoff spot.