As expected, the Kings and Ducks were mostly quiet in the hours leading up to Monday’s trade deadline.
The Ducks, who have earned more points than any team in the NHL since Jan. 1, made two deals involving minor-league players. Before their current run from 20 points out of the final playoff spot on Jan. 6 to six heading into tonight’s game in Colorado, Ducks general manager Bob Murray was willing to listen to offers for anyone except veteran forwards Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne.
“They’ve made it real difficult the last couple of weeks and good for them,” Murray said Monday afternoon, shortly after the noon deadline had past. “I have no problem with that.”
The Kings, two points back of eighth place heading into this evening’s game in Nashville, made their big splash Thursday, trading defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for high-scoring forward Jeff Carter.
Turns out, that was the biggest move in the NHL at this season's deadline. Carter’s former teammate in Columbus, forward Rick Nash, was the most prominent name on the trading block, but his general manager couldn't put together a deal and Nash will likely become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Anaheim's deadline day moves involved trading forward Andrew Gordon to the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman Sebastian Erixon, and defenseman Mark Fraser to Toronto for forward Dale Mitchell.
Gordon, who played for Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau in Washington last season, signed a two-year deal with the Ducks last summer. He started the season on the third line with Devante Smith-Pelly and Andrew Gogliano, and they combined for the only goal in a 2-1 shootout victory against the Rangers in the second game of the season.
But the 26-year-old from Halifax, Canada, managed just two goals and two assists the next 35 games and was demoted to the AHL following a 4-2 victory Jan. 6 against the Islanders, the day the Ducks began their run up the standings.
"Sometimes, if you're not in the plans for a team, it's better to move," Gordon told a reporter for the Syracuse Crunch.
Erixson is an undrafted 25-year-old from Sundsvall, Sweden, and has not appeared in an NHL game.
Fraser was traded from New Jersey to the Ducks in December along with forward Rod Pelley but did not appear in any games for Anaheim. Mitchell was playing with Reading of the ECHL.
Both of Anaheim’s acquisitions are expected to be assigned to its AHL affiliate in Syracuse.