Some people believe you should never fix what isn’t broken; today the Anaheim Ducks proved they are not those people.
On a day many suspected would go quiet for the NHL–leading team, the Ducks threw a few fireworks into the trade deadline in hopes of perfecting an already strong roster. The only remaining question is will these moves actually better the team, or will they interfere with a lineup whose chemistry is a key factor in how well they have played all season?
To start the day off the Ducks sent left winger Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals for a 2014 4th round draft pick. Due to Penner’s history with the Ducks, this move doesn’t necessarily sit well with many in Anaheim. Penner has 32 points in 49 games with Anaheim, but as part of the Ducks’ top line his quality of play was not always reflected in the numbers. In simpler terms: Anaheim will miss him.
Goalie Viktor Fasth is now headed to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2014 5th round draft pick and a 2015 3rd round draft pick. Fasth is stellar in net, after the trade was announced Ducks goalie coach Dwayne Roloson commented on Fasth’s future as a number one goaltender. The trade is exactly what Edmonton needs as they continue to rebuild and gain a better grasp on whatever season they have left. With how strong the Ducks’ goalie tandems have been in the past two years, including AHL goalie John Gibson‘s future with the organization, it was a trade many predicted would happen, today was merely the announcement of who and where.
And in the Ducks’ gain column comes defenseman Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars, traded for Anaheim’s 4th round draft pick. Robidas is certainly not in contention for the Norris Trophy this year, but the Ducks’ blue line has been shaky as of late and Anaheim seems to think he can bring lacking factors to the table. Despite some controversy over Robidas’ type of play, and a hit on first liner Corey Perry a few years back, this trade brings Anaheim some true grit. Physicality has never been a greatest strength for the Ducks, so Robidas may not be popular, but he looks to be a great fit.
As the day is only half over and rumors of defenseman Sami Vatanen and left winger Emerson Etem having caught the attention of the New York Islanders in a potential exchange for Thomas Vanek continue to grow, let’s hope those seat belts remain securely fastened for the next 24 hours folks.
And as with all trade pick-ups and giveaways fans can only have faith in whatever bigger picture the organization is able to see here (they are professionals, after all). Because for some the Ducks single handedly won the Stanley Cup today, while for others — they might have lost it.