NHL Trade Deadline: 5 Deals The Anaheim Ducks Must Consider
5 Deals To Consider Before Trade Deadline
It is about that time of year again. Which players are staying and which are going?
The NHL Trade Deadline is set for March 5t this year and we begin to look and see which teams will make the moves to be contenders in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Anaheim Ducks are sitting pretty nicely; at the Olympic Break, they are the best team in hockey right now and would earn the President's Trophy for best regular season record in the league. This would mark the first time in franchise history if they are able to accomplish that feat.
The Ducks are looking to make some moves after last season's shortened lockout year, where they finished with the No. 2 Seed, but got a shocking upset by the hands of their rivals the Detroit Red Wings. Anaheim wants to make sure that something like that does not happen again. They have a really solid team right now, led by Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, as well as the goalie tandem in Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen; this team is primed to make a strong run. Some will think that they have all the pieces they need to hoist Lord Stanley at the end of the season, but winning 16 games in the playoffs is no easy task. There is no doubt that I believe that the Ducks will be buyers come time to trade.
With that in mind, here are five deals that I believe the Ducks should consider if they want to improve their chances in the playoffs when the postseason begins in April.
5. Package A Goaltender For A Trade
There has been a huge amount of talent in Anaheim when it comes to the goaltenders.
Hiller, Andersen, Viktor Fasth and John Gibson are the four goalies that are in the Ducks' system. There is no doubt that there will be a team picking up the phone and looking to acquire a solid goaltender. I think the Ducks could get a great deal by packaging one of the goaltenders. We all know Hiller will not be going anywhere, but there could be interest in Andersen, Fasth or even the young player Gibson.
Look for the Ducks to use one as trade bait to hopefully get a solid player for the playoffs.
4. Trade Luca Sbisa
Luca Sbisa was a solid player for the Ducks back in the 2011-12 season, but has since fallen off the radar. He should go to a team that could use him in defensive packages, as his defense is quite solid. There might be a lot of teams willing to bite, but if they can trade him, they can possibly make the next deal possible.
3. Trade For Shea Weber
The Nashville Predators defensive player can provide the necessary defensive power the Ducks need to make a strong run in the postseason. His physicality can prove to be a huge help and he is perhaps the hottest player going into the Olympic Break. With his team not performing up to par, if the Ducks can pay Weber, look for this trade to happen perhaps on the deadline itself.
It might be unlikely that this deal can happen, but there have been some surprising deals. This would be a shock factor, but would help the Ducks.
2. Trade Emerson Etem
This may seem a little extreme, but look at it this way -- Emerson Etem is a solid hockey player. It just seems that every time he gets called up from the minors, he goes back down after a couple games. I believe he can be helpful to a contender. Perhaps they can use Etem as part of the goalie package I mentioned earlier. He deserves a shot to play for the long run and he has shown what he has in Anaheim.
It's time to see what he can do for another organization.
1. Trade For Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek is perhaps the biggest name on the market right now after he has expressed that he wants to test the market. This is a perfect chance for the Ducks to show interest. His skill of play on offense is exactly what the Ducks need for a postseason run.
Anaheim is one of the teams that should look into this deal, as is almost all the other contending teams. Having Vanek on the first or second line for the Ducks could be a big difference.