The Anaheim Ducks have been active all month making trades way before the deadline. While it might have seemed that they were done by now, GM Bob Murray still had a couple of tweaks to make to the roster before time was up.
First off, Maxim Lapierre and MacGregor Sharp were traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Joel Perrault and a third round pick in 2012. Lapierre had only been with the Ducks for two months and had only three assists in 21 games with the club. Sharp has been with Syracuse of the AHL for most of the season, minus eight games up in Anaheim.
Joel Perrault was the Ducks fifth round draft pick in 2001, but was sent to Phoenix in exchange for defenseman Sean O’Donnell in 2006. Perrault has spent the majority of his time in the AHL, but has seen 96 NHL games, including 7 this season with the Canucks. Perrault will remain with the Manitoba Moose at this time rather than be sent to Syracuse.
“He’s good depth for us,” commented Murray. “He was drafted by Anaheim years ago and we know him. He’s really good depth for us.”
The Ducks also acquired Brad Winchester from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2012. The 30 year old winger is not diminutive in size – he is 6’5″ and 230 pounds. In essence, he will replace Lapierre on the 3rd/4th line.
“We’ve been experimenting with a bunch of different things on the bottom six,” Murray said. “Max is a right-handed shot. Maybe if we could move Max, and maybe use that asset to get a bigger left-handed shot, a physical guy, that was what we were trying to do. We were trying to get a little more size. Some of the teams in our conference are big teams and we just felt we had to add some size. Brad plays both ends of the ice and he plays hard. We tried to get him last year in free agency and he wanted to go back to St. Louis. I told him today, ‘Now we got ya.’”
Murray’s other moves this move include acquiring goaltender Dan Ellis, defenseman Francois Beauchemin and winger Jarkko Ruutu as well as trading away Paul Mara.