Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/04/14 at 04:10 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In a clear sign that they are trying to win it all this year, the Anaheim Ducks dealt a pair of players from the fringes of their roster – popular but controversial winger Dustin Penner and goaltender Viktor Fasth – to clear up the salary cap space to grab veteran defenceman Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars.
The Ducks received a fourth-rounder from the Washington Capitals for Penner and then turned around and flipped the puck to the Stars to acquire Robidas. Essentially, the Ducks traded from a position of strength – a deep collection of forwards – to add experience to their blueline.
They have managed to put up the NHL’s best overall record despite a relatively inexperienced defence group that includes rookie Hampus Lindholm and second-year player Sami Vatanen, in part because one of last year’s defensive mainstays, Sheldon Souray, has missed the entire season because of injury.
continued including a look at the other trades today...
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