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Anaheim making moves Written by quackquack - July 21st, 2009

Anaheim made three significant trades so far this offseason, we take a closer look at these moves.

 

After another conference final loss to Columbus, Anaheim made some moves to stay competitive.

Over the past 3 seasons, Dan Hamhuis quickly became one of the leagues elite defenders averaging 49 points over the past 3 seasons with Anaheim.  With his contract up and their star foward,  number 1 goalie as well as many promising young players to sign , the Ducks were forced to trade their most reliable defenceman and found the perfect deal for him with the New Jersey Devils. Acquiring a first round pick(18th) and John Carlson in the exchange, the Ducks were happy with the return.

"We couldnt have asked for more from Dan in his time here, he did it all and is a very classy guy, but with his contract up we felt we wouldnt have been able to reward him the salary he deserves, we wish him all the best as he returns to his former team. But on the other hand we are extremely excited about bringing Carlson into the organization, he is a big boy who can do it all, we feel that with his skills and size he could end up being another Shea Weber. Although he is a year or 2 away from making an impact on the team we are very fortunate to have him as a Duck."

For sometime now the Ducks have been asking Pittsburgh about Ryan Suter's availability. Usually unwilling to part with the young American, Anaheim made an offer that was hard for the Penguins to refuse. Sending Brent Burns, Andrei Loktionov, their 2010 first round pick and 5 million dollars, DucksGM was finally able to pry the former first overall pick away from them as well as Akim Alui and a second round pick.

"Suter is a guy we've been after since the start of last season, he had a great season in Manchester and we will give him every oppurtunity to play alongside Shea. We felt that we payed a high price but with dealing Hamhuis we had a hole that needed to be filled. To be quite honest Burns was a total disappointement here but that had to do with how we handled him. After he didnt quite fit in a top 4 role with our team, we played him at forward as a checker which maybe wasnt the smartest move, a little more patience would have helped both sides."

When asked what part of the deal finally made Pittsburgh give in, DucksGM is quick to point out it had alot to do with the young russian, Andrei Loktionov who had an excellent season in juniors this year playing a big role for the Memorial Cup winning Windsor Spitfires.

"Seeing Andrei come over this year and have the impact he did in his first season on the smaller ice was amazing. Loktionov was a huge part of our future plans but it was the only way to get the deal done. He's got amazing vision and puck skills, he should end up being a star in Pittsburgh for years to come."

Anaheim then struck a deal with Washington, sending Kris Versteeg, Petr Sykora and a 4th round pick in return for Milan Michalek and a third rounder which was eventually traded to move up a couple spots in the second round.

Adding Michalek, the Ducks gain some much needed size in their top 6 which was a huge selling point.

"We've been after Michalek since his days in Calgary. Hes a big guy with skill and we're confident he will look good alongside either Getz and Hossa or Stillman and Horcoff. We are very happy to have him here."

After signing Versteeg in Febuary of 2007, the versatile foward battled through the ranks until last season where he found himself on Prague's first line with TJ Oshie and the previous season's ICHF's Hart trophy winner Igor Makarov. Versteeg did not dissapoint, taking home the Art Ross as well as helping Sparta Prague to their first ICHF regular season title. He will look for a scoring line role with the Capitals this season,a chance he probably wouldn't have had in Anaheim.

"It was hard to trade Kris after watching him develop over the past couple seasons, but it was a move we felt we had to make. We still wanted to be competitive this year and felt that with 2 smaller rookies in our top 9, that might have hindered us."

The Ducks also brought in Travis Moen and tough guy Zach Stortinias well as shipping out Chris Chelios, Ben Bishop and Derrick Dorsett to go along with other minor trades that helped them move higher into the second round. The Ducks were also able to make a draft day deal to acquire another first rounder moving 2010 picks in return.

 

IN                                                                                                                         OUT

Ryan Suter                                                                                                     Brent Burns

Milan Michalek                                                                                                Kris Versteeg

John Carlson                                                                                                  Petr Sykora

Akim Aliu                                                                                                       Andrei Loktionov

Travis Moen                                                                                                   Derrick Dorsett          

Zach Stortini                                                                                                   Chris Chelios

                                                                                                                    Ben Bishop

 

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Nice job quackquack! Once again, you're going to put up a hell of a fight in the West aren't you. I think this might be your year...

Written By: habsfan93 (2009-07-22 05:34:53)

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