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The Ducks Have The Assets To Make A Deadline Move

from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,

... a final piece that could help clinch home-ice advantage through the Western Conference playoffs and further improve their chance at a Stanley Cup might be out there, and the Ducks are equipped with the depth to deal.

Whether it be one more shutdown defenseman, an elite scoring forward or another center, Anaheim owns two first-round and two second-round picks in this year's draft, and a wealth of goaltending depth — such as Viktor Fasth — with young forwards who might also emerge as bargaining chips.

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray isn't going to tip his hand right now, and Coach Bruce Boudreau said, "Don't even go there," when asked whether he has a hunch whether the Ducks will act.

"It's up to Bob to assess, but we match up good with most teams," Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said after scoring the only goal in the Ducks' 1-0 victory over their nearest conference pursuer, St. Louis, Friday night at Honda Center.

"We play a good team game, with good depth from the young guys who've been brought up through the system. Either way, we'll be prepared and push on no matter what happens."

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TreKronor's avatar

The fact that they have these two first and second round picks makes a compelling case, to me, that they could be poised to make a fair deal and make a serious run at the Cup.

Given the Duck’s early exodus last season, and that it is Selanne’s “last season”, I could see the Ducks be especially motivated to go deep.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/03/14 at 10:47 AM ET

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