His team appears destined to win the Pacific Division and with that comes a high seed in the Western Conference playoffs but the question is whether Ducks general manager Bob Murray will go all in on a Stanley Cup run. Murray has been quiet as the days count down to Wednesday's trade deadline. He isn't saying much now but intimated that paying a hefty price for a rental to add to his lineup might not be in the cards. "We'd love to help them," Murray said, "but we're not going to overpay." The Ducks can use another impact forward, particularly a center that can anchor the second line. Neither Nick Bonino, still out because of a lower-body injury, nor Bobby Ryan or Peter Holland have been a solution there. Because of the recent eight-year contract extensions to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, the Ducks would likely need to look at someone with an expiring contract given other existing big-money commitments to Ryan, Cam Fowler and Jonas Hiller. The trade market isn't overflowing with top-flight talent that could be available but there are possibilities. Washington's Mike Ribeiro, who knows the conference after several years with Dallas, tops the list if he doesn't sign a contract extension. Dallas center Derek Roy can also become an unrestricted free agent in July but the Stars might hold onto him, especially with three consecutive games against the Ducks beginning Monday night. Toronto seems playoff-bound and could keep Tyler Bozak. Buffalo appears ready to ship off more talent. The Sabres would rather deal Drew Stafford than captain Jason Pominville but Stafford has been a major disappointment. Both Pominville and Stafford are also right wings, which the Ducks are already loaded at, and still have term left on their contracts that likely wouldn't fit in their salary structure. There have been quiet rumblings about Andy McDonald's future in St. Louis but the potential free agent and former Ducks Cup-winning center is also injury prone and the Blues wouldn't be keen on dealing him away to a potential playoff opponent.
Ducks GM quiet as trade deadline approaches
Orange County Register | Apr 1