The Ducks have acquired left wing Ryan Garbutt from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for left wing Jiri Sekac.
Garbutt, 30 (8/12/85), has scored 32-44=76 points with 242 penalty minutes (PIM) in 241 career NHL games with Dallas and Chicago. In 2013-14, Garbutt collected a career-high 17 goals and 32 points (17-15=32) along with a +10 rating in 75 games with the Stars. The 6-0, 195-pound winger went on to score three goals against Anaheim in the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Garbutt recorded 2-4=6 points with 27 PIM in 43 games with Chicago this season. He was acquired from Dallas with Trevor Daley in exchange for Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns on July 10, 2015. Garbutt originally signed as a free agent with Dallas on July 1, 2011 after leading the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) with a +27 rating in 2010-11. A 2009 graduate of Brown University, Garbutt was named to the All-Academic Team twice in his four seasons in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).
Sekac, 23 (6/10/92), collected 1-2=3 points with an even plus/minus rating and four PIM in 22 games with the Ducks this season. Acquired from Montreal in exchange for Devante Smith-Pelly on Feb. 24, 2015, Sekac has posted 10-16=26 points with 26 PIM in 91 career NHL games with the Ducks and Canadiens. The 6-1, 185-pound winger made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2015, going scoreless with two PIM in seven games with Anaheim.
Garbutt held a conference call shortly after the trade was announced to discuss his style of play, what he envisions his role will be, and his familiarity with the Ducks.
On what he envisions his role will be with the Ducks
I’m willing to play whatever role they want. It’s something that I’m sure will get sorted out when I get there and get a chance to talk to the coaching staff, and see what they expect out of me. I’m the kind of guy who will work for every opportunity I can get and help in any way I can.
On his history playing against the Ducks
The stuff that happens on the ice, guys in this league know emotions run high especially in the playoffs. I know all the guys over there compete on every shift. I wouldn’t expect any different when I play with them as well.
On his reaction to the trade
It was pretty early in the morning, so it was a bit of a shock. Once I started thinking about it, I realized the opportunity to come to an organization that’s done so well for the last 5-10 years is a great opportunity. I’m excited to be a part of the team.
On his season with the Blackhawks
I wasn’t expecting to be traded, but it’s something every player in the league has to be ready for. It’s something that comes with the business. You have to be ready to take that stuff as it comes and use it to get better.
On his familiarity with the Ducks
In terms of on the ice, I know they’re a hard-working team with high-end skill. They come to play every night. They were never a fun team to play against. It’ll be nice being on the other side of that, getting to work with guys like that. In terms of knowing guys, I’ve played with Shawn Horcoff. I know the style of play he brings and the character he brings to the team. I’m excited to play with him again.
On his style of play
If I’m being hard to play against, I know I’m doing my job. My first job is to help the team with whatever they need me to do. I come to the rink every day to play hard and play with speed. There are a lot of intangibles I can bring to the team.
Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray spoke with members of the media earlier today regarding the trade.
On the reasoning for the trade
We’re trying to solidify our bottom-six [forwards] more to our style. We kind of hoped Jiri [Sekac] would fit into the top-six grouping, and it wasn’t quite working properly. It looked like it was best for us to move on. We’ve played against Ryan enough to know what kind of player he is. He’s a good skater who plays hard and plays on the inside. Our team definitely needs to play a little harder, and a little more on the inside.
On the timeline of the trade
Once he went to Chicago, I didn’t think he’d become available again. But maybe he wasn’t a perfect fit for the way Chicago plays, either. When Stan [Bowman] mentioned to me a couple weeks ago, we started thinking about it. As things evolved trying to get chemistry on this hockey team, it seemed like something we thought we should try.
On where he stands in relation to the current trade market
When you’re one or two games over .500, I’m just not going to let things go. But, saying that, I have nothing going on. Talk has picked up tremendously. A lot of interesting things are happening in our league right now. Lots of talking. Lots of teams calling. It’s all about trying to get our chemistry. We’re not good enough right now. We have to keep trying to get better.