There was a fair bit of uncertainty around Anaheim blueliner Sami Vatanen at Monday’s trade deadline. A pending RFA with high upside, Vatanen was considered an outside candidate to be moved — something Ducks GM Bob Murray alluded to when he said he received “lots of calls” about “certain people on the back end.” But when the 3 p.m. EST deadline passed, Vatanen remained with the Ducks. And for that, he’s grateful. “I want to be a Duck,” Vatanen said, per the O.C. Register. “That’s my first thing what I want to do. It’s been my favorite team. That’s on my mind. To be here for a long time would be a dream come true.” The Ducks probably have similar dreams. Vatanen, 24, is in the final year of his second pro contract — a two-year, $2.525 million pact with a $1.26M average annual cap hit. It’s one of the best value contracts in the league, as Vatanen currently leads all Ducks d-men in scoring with 34 points, putting him top-30 among NHL blueliners.
After surviving deadline, Vatanen wants to be a Duck ‘for a long time’
Pro Hockey Talk | Mar 2