The Ducks have acquired Toronto’s first-round draft pick (30th overall - originally Pittsburgh’s selection) in 2016 and a 2017 second-round draft pick in exchange for goaltender Frederik Andersen.
The Ducks now have two first round picks (24th and 30th) in the 2016 NHL Draft, set for this Friday in Buffalo, New York.
Andersen, 26 (10/2/89), played 43 regular season games with Anaheim last year, going 22-9-7 with a 2.30 goals-against average (GAA) and .919 save percentage (SV%). He was drafted by Anaheim in the third round (87th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Andersen has appeared in 125 career NHL games, going 77-26-12 with a 2.33 GAA and .918 SV%. He also appeared in 28 NHL playoff games with the Ducks, going 17-9 with a 2.34 GAA and .916 SV%.
Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray discussed the trade shortly after. Below are his quotes.
On the trade, and the return value
The picks add in value as you accrue them. I have no idea yet what’s out there. I haven’t even thought about what to do in the market. There are some situations that we have to address on this team. We’ll try to address them. This was a situation that just had to happen at this point in time. There was no avoiding it.
On how close contracts talks were with Andersen
[The contract talks] never got close enough. I was dreading the fact that it could’ve gotten close enough, but it never got close enough to where I would’ve had to make that decision. If it had gotten there, that would’ve been really hard. We’re moving forward with a guy [John Gibson] who is three or four years younger. He had one of the top-five goals-against averages in the league, and he’s won a Jennings trophy already. I’m not worried about what I have left. We’ll go out and get a good backup. It’s just managing your assets.
There’s no animosity between the two of them. They both want the net, and both didn’t want the other guy around, but not for personal reasons. We just knew we were getting to that point. I think I said that at the end of last year. We were going to get to a point where one of them wanted to go. One of them had to go. It was coming to this regardless. All during the year, you get Gibby signed, and you’re talking a little bit to Freddie. And then there were injuries involved.
After starting to hear what the expansion rules could be, you just knew you weren’t going to be signing both of them. You’re going to come out looking pretty stupid if you did that.
On the type of backup goaltender the team is looking for
It has to be a veteran. We’ll have to do our homework. A veteran guy that can handle a bunch of games. We don’t want to overplay John, yet. He’ll have to be able to play 25 to 30 games. Character and hard-working type of guy. There are a few of them out there.
On the free agent market
I’m going to Buffalo tomorrow. I’ve got work to do there. I’m going to touch base with a few of our UFA agents to see where they are. There are certain things we’re looking for, and there are some out there this year. I’m going to see what’s available, and see what people are thinking as soon as we’re allowed to.
The restricted free agents – the guys we want to keep – have all been sent qualifying offers. After we get through the draft, we’ll start talking to those people.
On the interest keeping David Perron and Jamie McGinn
I told them during their exit interviews. It’s going to be interesting this year, based on my observations. The cap probably isn’t going too far, maybe one or two-and-a-half percent at most. How many teams are going to be capable of adding free agents? There are going to be a few. There is going to be a flurry in the beginning, but if you recall last year at this time, there was a flurry, and then it went dead. I’m thinking that could become more of the norm going forward. There are too many players for jobs.
On if there’s a way to keep the team’s surplus of defensemen
We’re looking at that, but I’m still taking phone calls. We’ll leave it at that.
On if it would’ve been possible to keep Andersen and Gibson entering the season had Andersen been signed
Hypothetically, it would’ve been good to do it that way. But you have relationships with your players. I talked to my guys, and knew what they wanted. They would not have been happy – Freddie and Gibby I’m referring to here – if they were both back next year.
There is no animosity between the two of them. They just won a Jennings trophy together. They both want to be number ones, and both want the net. As a former player, I understand that totally.
On the draft
It’s always been a philosophy to take the best player available in the first couple of rounds, but, saying that, you have to be strong down the middle of the ice. I’m never going to pass up on a good defenseman or good centerman. That’s just how I think.