Dynasty Hockey League

Ducks Make First Moves

After hiring a new GM just prior to the DHL trade deadline, the Anaheim Ducks continued their quest for the final seed in the Western Conference.

Just four points out of the playoffs with 15 games to play, the Ducks worked on solidifying their forwards while trying not to do anything too rash.

“We certainly had a more low key deadline than we could have had,” said the new Ducks GM AJ. “But making a big splash would have meant moving a high value prospect which is not something I was comfortable with.”

That doesn’t mean the Ducks did not make a splash choosing instead to swap veterans with the Detroit Red Wings and sent center Mike Ribiero to Motown.  In return the Ducks received 27 year-old winger Justin Abdelkader.

“Abdelkader brings a different look and feel to our top six as he is a more rugged and ruff around the edges,” said AJ.  “It also allows us to move Logan (Couture) to center and give us a more dangerous look to our top 6.”

The Ducks also sent cash considerations to the Red Wings to complete the deal.

Anaheim also used cash to acquire Jordan Leopold from Minnesota and Dany Heatley from Philadelphia while claiming Jarett Stoll from Winnipeg.

AJ said of the acquisitions, “those are three veteran players for help us from a depth stand point and solidifies our roster for the rest of the way. Having extra vet defensemen is always a good thing, Stoll locks down our PK and third line while Heatley adds more of scoring presence.”

Anaheim also called up winger Matt Nieto from the AHL.

“It’s not knock on the players that were already here but we wanted to make it a little less one dimensional at the bottom of the line up. This is a full team effort to make up these 4 points and we’re going to need all lines contributing. I think these moves put us in a better place to see that.”

These final 15 games will also start to separate those who can stay and be built around as Anaheim looks to work its way back up the standings.

“We certainly have some guys who may be building blocks and others who may not. This will help sort out the assets and the deadweight heading into the offseason.”

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