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Would the Anaheim Ducks, absolutely loaded with young defencemen in their organization, deal one of them for an obvious rental forward — Winnipeg Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd — to play in their Top 6?
The Ducks had five defencemen aged 25 and under dressed against the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night — Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, Sam Vatanen, Josh Manson and Simon Despres.
Frederik Andersen could be the everyday starting goalie for a number of NHL teams. He was that for the Ducks last season and he could still become the one they lean on.
But when it comes to the upcoming trade deadline, Andersen is also one of their most attractive pieces to dangle if they want to seriously look in that direction with the mild-mannered netminder.
Andersen is wrapping up a two-year contract that’s paying him $1.3 million this season. It has been a remarkably affordable deal for the Ducks but that’s going to change as his next contract will easily be worth more.
Garrioch on Cam Fowler: "His name definitely surfaced earlier in the year."
— Platinum Seat Ghosts (@3rdPeriodSuits) February 2, 2016
On how Peter Chiarelli may be interested in Sami Vatanen, if available, but the price would be dear:
“Yeah, the price would be dear, but it’s not out of the question. Whether it’s Vatanen or Lindholm – both pretty good young defensemen with their whole career ahead of them – they’re RFA. To me, it’s almost as simple as the first of those two to sign, it’s like that maybe the next guy is the one to get dealt, potentially.
Among the pursuers for Jonathan Drouin, one source warned Monday Anaheim hasn’t got enough mention. It’s a logical bet, because no one needs offensive help more than the Ducks.
Tampa Bay is seeking a right-shot defenseman. The presence of rising prospect Brandon Montour could make Sami Vatanen expendable, especially when left-shooting Shea Theodore has looked the part of an NHL regular while Cam Fowler recovers from a knee injury.
The Ducks want to re-sign Vatanen, their top offensive threat from the blue line. But a deal obviously hasn’t gotten done. Vatanen, 24, might reach 35-plus points for the second straight season and could at the very least triple the $1,275,000 he’s making this season.
The Ducks’ acquisition of Dustin Tokarski gives them four goalies with NHL experience. That fact makes TSN senior hockey reporter Frank Seravalli wonder if Frederik Andersen could be on the move for the right price.
Murray trying but other GMs aren't looking to throw him a lifesaver https://t.co/bLXCp7PRyO
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) October 27, 2015
The Anaheim Ducks are also on the clock. That team suffered a horrific start, putting coach Bruce Boudreau on the spot. Randy Carlyle is the best NHL coach currently not working, but the Ducks could turn to former Senators coach (and yesteryear Blues winger) Paul MacLean instead.
“The other thing too is, at some point in time, John Gibson’s got to play. So I wonder if – and I don’t know this for sure – but he’s got a really nice chip there in Frederik Andersen. Gibson’s signed long term, Andersen isn’t.
tsn.ca writes … According to Garrioch, the Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks have all shown interest in the 29-year-old.
NBC Sports writes … ‘Keep an eye’ on Ducks, Predators at trade deadline, says McKenzie
Nichols on Hockey writes … Friedman: Ducks may be “ready to make some imminent moves”
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