Ducks Acquire Doug Weight, Michal Birner and Draft Pick for Andy McDonaldby Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Doug Weight, left wing Michal Birner and a seventh round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues in exchange f
|Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke on the trade|
“Andy McDonald has been a great contribut
Weight, 36 (1/21/71), sc
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Birner, 21 (3/2/86), has appeared in 18 games f
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McDonald, 30 (8/25/77), has appeared in 33 games this season, sc
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Doug and his wife Allison have three children, Ryan, Danny and Addison. Attached are career statistics and transactions f
Burke and Weight each spoke to the media soon after the trade was complete. Following are transcripts:
On the trade:
It’s good to be a Duck. Any time there’s any type of move, it’s a tough situation and a tough decision. It’s been a strange turn of events here for a couple of days. All I know is right now with each moment I’m more excited. I plan on being professional, prepared and give everything I can to the Ducks organization as should be expected. I realize that an organization makes a commitment each time they make moves. I’m just going to come and do the best that I can and try to contribute as much as I can.
We all know the position the Ducks were in, as far as the cap, as far as Scott coming back, as far as their future and things had to be done. It makes me feel good that the Ducks want me. They know that I’m going to compete. I’m proud of how I played in big games and playoff games in the past. Hopefully his year is no different. I plan on coming to
On his familiarity with some of the Ducks:
I have played with Pronger (in
On his season thus far:
As a player, I have to take responsibility for the fact that the puck wasn’t going in. I have felt very strong this year. I felt like I’ve never been more unlucky, as I can honestly say I’ve had some bad bounces. But I’ve felt a lot better as of late, as far as getting some results. I’m very confident in my game.
On Andy McDonald:
Every time I trade a player, I start off with the same thing, which is to thank that player for what he did in a Ducks uniform. In Andy’s case, that’s pretty significant. He’s one of the better players that ever put on a Ducks uniform.
On telling McDonald he’d been traded:
Players generally don’t like getting traded out of
On Doug Weight:
He’s been a warrior in our league. He’s been a warrior in terms of points scored and PIM’s. He played really in every hole that you can play in at center. He’s been good enough to play in the one hole and scrappy enough to play in the four hole. He’s a good faceoff guy and an excellent passer. I respect that fact that he’s gone to war for his country every time he’s been asked. He’s played in three Olympic Games and several World Championships. This guy can pass the puck and compete. I’ve had first hand knowledge of that in the playoffs when we’ve played his teams in the past. To me, we got a warrior back that can to play in the two hole. McDonald and Todd Bertuzzi were not successful in developing any chemistry together. We’re hoping that Bertuzzi can find a little bit more chemistry with Doug Weight, so we’re very pleased to have him. We think this might be a better fit.
On the trade:
Moving a player like Andy is tough. But we’re following our compass and our blueprint, which is to keep the best defense group we can put together. That’s what happened here. One route would have been to move a defenseman. One route would have been to move Andy. As we’ve done since I got here, we put a priority on defense. I think it’s a special group. I’m pleased we were able to keep them together. We got a late pick in the deal and we also got Michal Birner, a young Czech forward who we think has a chance to play. All in all it solves a bunch of problems for us. The main thing is it solves a priority for us, as far as keeping our defense together. It does create a little bit of tagging room for next year, so that with maybe one other smaller move after the holiday’s we can commence negotiations with Corey Perry, which is also a priority for us.
Because of his salary and because he only has one year left, Mathieu Schneider was an attractive target for other teams. We got a number of offers on him. There are two reasons to keep Mathieu Schneider. One is he’s a pretty special player. He’s been, I think, really strong for us since he came back from his injury. Two, I think you have to keep some level of good faith with free agents if you can. The guy has a home in the LA area and he’s got four young kids. He didn’t come here to get traded. He doesn’t have a no trade clause. He held out for one and we said no, so we’re well within our legal rights to trade him but I think at the same time, a player like that with what he’s done in the game deserves a little more consideration than that. We kept coming back to our blueprint. What made us successful last year? It wasn’t that we had the best group of forwards in the National Hockey League. It was our defense we believe and our goaltender is locked up as well. We got the back end of the rink looked after. Now we’ll see what this does to the front end of the rink.
A big part of this is the evaluation of Ryan Getzlaf. Ryan Getzlaf last year at this time was our no. 2 center. He started grabbing minutes away from the other centers and grabbing special team’s play away from the other centers last year about this time, in terms of cranking up his game, taking on a leadership role and asserting himself physically. To me, part of this solution today, in terms of keeping our defense together is that fact that Ryan Getzlaf has moved into the one hole on our team at center. That means you’re not taking your no. 1 center out now, you’re taking out your no. 2 center. We think Doug Weight can fill that hole. Maybe not the same player as Andy, different, but that’s been a big part of it.