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Here’s a closer look at the Kings and Ducks going into the deadline:
Kings: Additional scoring to aid their 28th-ranked offense, which averages 2.32 goals per game.
Ducks: A big center or a veteran defenseman to make them even more difficult to play against.
The Anaheim Ducks hope to add a veteran stay-at-home defenseman by the trade deadline and will pick up their search in the near future.
Ducks GM Bob Murray has explored the marketplace and is expected to intensify talks as early as next week, when teams resume practices in the final stretch of the Olympic break.
The Ducks had been engaged in trade talks with the New York Rangers about defenseman Dan Girardi, who is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Is there going to be room for Sheldon Souray next month when he returns to the crowded Anaheim Ducks defence after wrist surgery? Whose spot does he take? Ben Lovejoy and Cam Fowler, an odd mix, have become their shutdown pair. They love rookie Hampus Lindholm, are getting good offensive work from Sami Vatanen, and have Francois Beauchemin and Bryan Allen as a heavy defence tag-team. Luca Sbisa (wrist tendon) will return in a few weeks, too.
The Ducks may still wheel UFA-to-be Jonas Hiller before the trade deadline. But Hiller will remain in Anaheim until Viktor Fasth recovers from his lower-body injury. Fasth could miss up to a month after getting hurt during warm-ups Nov. 22.
It’s public knowledge that Erat, owner of the penthouse in Capitals head coach Adam Oates’ doghouse, asked to be dealt. While there will be interest because Erat’s salary is $2.25 million lower than his cap hit next season, the fact that he’s now made two trade requests in less than 12 months hurts, even though no one could have predicted what’s happened in Washington.
Asked which team is the best he’s seen this season, McPhee said: “St. Louis. I didn’t realize some of their forwards are as good as they are.” He named Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Vladimir Tarasenko.