As antsy as Anaheim Ducks fans seem to be as we approach the trade deadline, I don’t think it’s a very good idea for the Ducks to change anything about their team, especially because the team has been playing so well as of late. The Ducks have finally figured out how to put the puck in the net and win games convincingly. This sudden turnaround is no doubt because of Bruce Boudreau making the controversial decision to spread his talent around, rather than playing his most talented players together. The biggest move was splitting up the duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who have been attached at the hip since World Juniors. Luckily, Getzlaf has found himself a new wingman in the newly acquired David Perron, while Corey Perry has settled nicely into a line with Nick Ritchie and Rickard Rakell, who has been having a great season in his own right. The 4 lines have gelled together very well and the Ducks find themselves on a 6-game win streak because of it. I fear that a move to, “keep up with the Jones’” would be a detriment to this hockey team.
Chicago made a splash Thursday, bringing Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd back to the team he won the 2010 Stanley Cup with. The only other big trade so far has been the Dion Phaneuf trade that occurred earlier this month. If the NBA trade deadline is any indicator of how the NHL trade deadline is going to end up, we won’t see any of the big names that have been speculated about move. With no cosmic shifts in power, there’s no reason for the Ducks to get rid of any assets to make a big splash, especially because the team is playing as well as it is.
One thing that makes a trade even less necessary is the pickup of Chris Wagner off waivers from Colorado. Wagner will certainly be a part of the Ducks’ future at only 24 years old, but based on how he plays in San Diego with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate he could make a splash this season. The Ducks have been rumored to be in the running for some sort of offensive help at the expense of one of their young defensemen, but hopefully this move will make Anaheim reconsider moving on from their great defensive unit and push forward with the team they have in place.
I certainly have faith in Ducks GM Bob Murray to make the right decision as he’s done time and time again. After his comments Thursday, however, I’m fearful he might pull the trigger on a deal for some more offensive firepower. If a deal does go down, I’m hopeful it doesn’t mess with the newfound chemistry of the Ducks and derail a great comeback.