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Deadline Dealing: Summing Up Anaheim's Moves on Trade Deadline Day

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks made four separate moves on trade deadline day, highlighted by the acquisition of left wing Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres. Read more on each player below.

The Ducks acquired McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

McGinn, 27 (8/5/88), scored 14 goals along with 27 points (14-13=27) and 10 penalty minutes (PIM) in 63 games with Buffalo this season. The 6-1, 205-pound winger co-led the Sabres in game-winning goals (3), ranked tied for second in power-play goals (6), fourth in power-play points (6-3=9) and shooting percentage (12.8%), and tied for fourth in assists. One of three Sabres to appear in all 63 games this season, McGinn also ranked fourth among team leaders in hits (113).

Selected by San Jose in the second round (36th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft, McGinn has collected 83-72=155 points with 182 PIM in 429 career NHL games with the Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Sabres. He has scored 13 career game-winning goals and 22 power-play goals over his eight NHL seasons. McGinn has also appeared in 29 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with San Jose and Colorado, recording 2-4=6 points with 40 PIM.

The Ducks acquired forward Pirri from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Pirri, 24 (4/10/91), has appeared in 157 career NHL games with Chicago and Florida, collecting 46-29=75 points with a +9 rating and 52 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-0, 183-pound forward posted 11-13=24 points in 52 games this season with Florida and has 33 goals in his last two NHL seasons with the Panthers (101 games).

The Toronto native led the American Hockey League (AHL) in scoring for the 2012-13 season, posting 22-53=75 points in 76 games with the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago’s AHL affiliate). His 53 assists also marked a league-best. Pirri was selected in the second round (59th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Ducks acquired right wing Tropp from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right wing Tim Jackman and a seventh-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Tropp, 26 (7/25/89), has appeared in 148 career NHL games with Buffalo and Columbus, collecting 6-21=27 points with 133 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-0, 185-pound forward has scored 11-17=28 points in 51 games with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. Selected by Buffalo in the third round (89th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Tropp was on loan to Albany from the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s primary development affiliate in the AHL.

The Ducks acquired defenseman Gernat and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left wing Patrick Maroon.

Gernat, 22 (4/11/93), earned three assists (0-3=3) with an even plus/minus rating and 14 penalty minutes (PIM) in 22 games with Bakersfield, Edmonton’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Selected by Edmonton in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Gernat has recorded 5-28=33 points with 172 PIM in 133 career AHL games with Bakersfield and Oklahoma City.

Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray comments on the deals.

On the status of Brandon Pirri’s ankle injury
He was supposed to start skating today, but he didn’t. He’s going to come out here and skate tomorrow. I’d like our doctors and our PT to see him first before we I give an exact time. But I would think once you start skating from an ankle sprain, you’re about a week and a half to two weeks away.

On acquiring Jamie McGinn
You identify those guys when they’re [impending Unrestricted Free Agents]. You identify the teams that are going to be selling. You talk with them a week or two in advance and see which guys they might not move, and you put your list together. Our group made a list of reasonable people we could get, considering I wasn’t going to give certain things to get players. I’ve made that clear. You put the list together and we were very high on a certain type of player we wanted to get. He fits with how we play out here right now. It was something we had talked about, and when he became available, it took to the last day to get it done. 

On McGinn's availability
I think he'll play Wednesday night. Brandon and Jamie arrive tomorrow afternoon. We'll try to get you information on Brandon on Wednesday, and I expect you'll see Jamie in the lineup Wednesday.

On the climate of the market
Teams were trying to do certain things, and Chicago went and made their moves early. Florida did some things early. San Jose did some things early. I think what we’re seeing, is the trade deadline is now being extended, and teams are trying to jump early into doing things, so it’s not this one big day. There are a lot of moving parts when you come to this stuff, a lot of moving parts.

On how the Ducks improved today
Don’t forget, we have Horcoff and Stewart out of the lineup right now, and we got Wagner back the other day, who can play a role in certain situations. I just felt we became deeper and more versatile. The hard part is that there are probably too many people now. Patty Maroon has come a long way for this organization, and he was a real good guy for us. I thank him for that. I just felt there were too many people there, and it could have been awkward. It was tough, but now we’re in a real good spot as far as depth and versatility.

On trading Patrick Maroon to Edmonton
[Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli] and I have discussed certain types of players for a long time. When we made a couple of moves here today, we had too many forwards here basically, so Patrick was available. I called Peter, and it kind of fits into what he’s trying to add to the organization there, so he moved pretty quickly. This is a good move for Patrick Maroon, and that’s kind of what I was looking for when I did it.

On not trading any of his defensemen
I had lots of calls on certain people on the back end. I’ve got lots of thinking to do about our defensive core in the next four months. I wasn’t doing anything today. I want to have a long, hard look at what we’ve got going forward.

On affecting the current roster
I’m comfortable with not screwing up the chemistry too much. I don’t think we did too much. I think both young men we’re bringing in are from doing our homework and our due diligence. They’re both good kids who get along with everybody, and they’re both very excited to be coming here. I think this works, this fits.
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