There’s a lot of speculation as to whether Anaheim will make a few moves for the playoffs push down the stretch. Most people assume so, but if Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray decides to make a move, who will he want, and who will be available?
Below is a list of potential targets for Murray:
Kevin Bieksa (Vancouver D):
With Vancouver being ever-so-deep throughout their lineup, Kevin Bieksa is an expandable piece. The Ducks are noticeably thin as far as quality defencemen are concerned, and Bieksa would add some much-needed grit to the blueline. Bieksa was made available by Mike Gillis earlier in the season, but with his solid play through the first 50 games of the Canucks season, he won’t come cheap.
Colin White (New Jersey D):
New Jersey currently sits in last place in the league, and Colin White isn’t getting any younger. Colin would add some much-needed size and defensive ability to the Ducks back-ice core, and he’s a very strong penalty killer. However, New Jersey has had a few calls for him, and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has refused to move him. With New Jersey heating up as of late, he’d come at a pretty steap price considering the interest that has been shown in him by other clubs.
Bryan Allen (Florida D):
Florida is currently on the edge of the playoff picture. Their owner originally asked GM Dale Tallon to make every player available (aside from Kulikov and a couple others), and I’m sure he’s still willing to move just about anybody for the right price. Allen would add size to the Ducks blueline, and is currently making a very managable $2.9 million.
Tom Gilbert (Edmonton D):
The Oilers are currently sitting in last place in the Western Conference, and don’t look to be moving up. Tom Gilbert has been involved in numerous rumours, and is a very expandable piece that the Oilers could very well move. Gilbert is a big, solid defenceman, with a bomb of a shot. He’s a guy any team would like to add, and would be a great fit in Anaheim.
Robyn Regehr (Calgary D):
Calgary GM Jay Feaster stated when he took over the Flames that the only untouchables were Kipprusoff, Iginla, and Bouwmeester. However, the Flames have really heated up as of late, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a change of heart. If he does decide that he’s willing to move Regehr, the Ducks would be a great fit. Regehr is a defensive-minded defenceman, and a strong one at that. If made available, the Ducks will not be the only team interested, but the price would be steap.
Chris Phillips (Ottawa D):
It’s no secret that this guy is available. Phillips is a solid defenceman, who could be used in all situations. Assuming there will be a lot of interest generated for this guy by the time the Trade Deadline rolls around, and the price doesn’t seem too high. Ottawa will likely be looking for draft picks and/or prospects in return, and the Ducks have many.
Henrik Tallinder (New Jersey):
Although Henrik is not on the block, the Ducks could make a push for him. He played along-side Toni Lydman with the Sabres last season, and has been one of the few bright spots for the Devils this season. Henrik could be made available if the Devils don’t continue to play well.
Mike Komisarek (Toronto):
The final defenceman on the list is one of the most recent additions to the Leafs top six. He’s struggled greatly in Toronto this year, as have other Maple Leaf defencemen, but Mike seems to be the guy everyone’s saying could be moved. Komisarek brings a solid defensive presence, and is willing to do what it takes to win hockey games (something the Ducks seem to lack at times). A change of scenery could be best for Mike and the Leafs.
Note: Wouldn’t be surprised if Burke was willing to move any of his defencemen out of Toronto for the right price (Aside from Schenn). Kabarle, even Phaneuf could be available. Obviously they would each come with conditions (NTC’s, salary cap hit, etc.)
Here’s a list of forwards who COULD be made available (if not already) that would potentially be suitors for the Ducks:
* Indicates a very solid fit, and player has a high chance of being moved
– Clarke MacArthur*
– Stephen Weiss
– Dustin Penner*
– Ales Hemsky
– Jerome Iginla
– Jason Spezza
– Jason Arnott
– Andrew Cogliano
– Rob Niedermayer
– Niclas Bergfors*
– Matt Moulson*
– Josh Bailey