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Trading Up Written by quackquack - November 16th, 2008

After a dismal start,  a few key acquisitions have Anaheim fans proud of their club once again.



After starting the year losing 4 straight, Anaheim has made a couple key trades and have quickly put things together dropping only one contest in their last thirteen and now sit atop a tough Pacific division.

Fresh off signing a 3 year deal worth 1.8 per, Shawn Horcoff has lead the team offensively so far posting 9 goals and 10 assists in 17 games as well as 3 game winners. Horcoff, who started the year off with Alexei Yashin and Jason Pominville as wingers has found chemistry with star acquistion Peter Forsberg.

The swedish forward has been his usual self, netting 9 goals in 18 games. Although their right wing has been constantly changing , Peter Mueller has been manning the right wing for the last couple games and hasnt looked out of place putting up 4 points in his last 3 . With the latest acquistion of Jeff Friesen it looks as if Anaheim will send Mueller back to Prague to hone his skills much the way Getzlaf did last year.

Cory Stillman is second in team scoring with 4 goals and 14 helpers in 18 games.  Stillman was brought over in trade with Chicago that saw the now well traveled Pierre Marc Bouchard, young offensive dman Matt Lashoff and prospect Juraj Simek leave the organization. Along with the veteran winger, Anaheim recieved a second round pick as well as young defenseman  Niklas Grossman who the Ducks are very high on.

Jochen Hecht has been another key addition since coming over in trade alongside young swedish sniper Patric Hornqvist. After getting some time on the first line with the Sharks this season, Hecht came over expecting to be depth guy on an offensively stacked team but has been great centering  Alexei Yashin(17 pts in 17g) and Petr Sykora (8 pts), leading the team in plus minus to go along with 4 goals and 6 helpers.

Anaheims latest trade saw defensive specialist Curtis Brown and a promising defenseman Matt Niskanen sent to Canada's capital in exchange for Jeff Friesen and playmaking winger prospect Aaron Palushaj. After the Ducks traded for Brent Burns and to a lesser extent Grossman, it seemed as if Matt Niskanen's departure was imminent. Projecting to be at least a top 4 , there was no room for the young american as he didnt earn a roster spot in camp and was also behind Anton Stralman on the Ducks depth chart.While Friesen is expected to get a try out on the left side of Ryan Getzlaf and Marian Hossa, Palushaj is the real gem in the deal according to the Ducks GM.  Aaron has been terrorizing the NCAA this year so far posting 7 goals and 10 assists in 11 games for the University of Michigan. To go along with his natural skill, its his hockey sense that seems to be exceptional.

Cristobal Huet has been hot of late starting the last 3 and coming off a shutout against the Dallas Stars. While many offers have been sent regarding Cristobal, Ducks GM has been hesitant to trade him although it has become fairly evident that Niklas Backstrom is the teams number one and will be paid like so after the seasons end.

Anaheim's loyalty signing Chris Chelios has been a healthy scratch since the 4th game of the season and isnt very impressed. Darryl Sydor who came from Toronto in exchange for a 4th round pick has looked great in his spot as the 6th defenceman as is on pace for a career year with 6 points in 13 games.

Anaheims next game is against the Oilers, so expect Backstrom to get the start. Friesen could possibly start the game on the top line which would see Stillman shift to the right side of Horcoff.

IN                                                        OUT

Forsberg                              Morrison

Stillman                              Bouchard

Burns                                Pominville                                                                                  

Hecht                                     Knuble

Friesen                                    Brown

Sydor                                  Niskanen

Hornqvist                             Lindstom

Nodl                                        Simek

Grossman                               Lashoff



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I have to say, I have been really impressed with the moves you've made to turn this team around after losing your first 4. That's the mark of a great GM. Nice work! Looking forward to meeting you in the Western Finals yet again! ;)

Written By: habsfan93 (2008-11-16 21:05:10)

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