The Ducks made a number of deals ahead of Monday afternoon's NHL trade deadline to bolster their roster for the stretch run to the playoffs and beyond.
"Any time on this day, there are so many moving parts," said Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. "It starts well before now. You talk to teams and there are ideas. You think you’ve got something going and you don’t. These are deals where you’d like one part to fall before the next one goes so you have everything in place. Fortunately for us, it sort of went smoothly around 10:30 [this morning] on."
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Here is a look at each deal: Ducks Acquire Defenseman Despres in Deal with Pittsburgh
Anaheim acquired big defenseman Simon Despres from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ben Lovejoy. Despres, 23 (7/27/91), has appeared in 144 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, recording 5-28=33 points with a +27 rating and 120 penalty minutes (PIM). Despres has also played six Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Penguins, going scoreless with a +2 rating and two PIM.
"The opportunity was there to pick up a big kid in Despres," Murray said, "and we had to give up Ben to do that. Despres is a big, strong, young hockey player. He’s a solid player who’s only going to get better at his age. We were really excited that he became available."
Selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (30th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Despres scored 2-15=17 points with a +9 rating and 64 PIM in 59 games this season. Despres led Pittsburgh defensemen in hits (184), ranks second in scoring, assists and PIM, and third in shots on net (76) and blocked shots (85). A native of Laval, Quebec, Despres won silver with Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship and the 2010-11 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Championship and Memorial Cup with Saint John.
Lovejoy, 31 (2/20/84), collected 1-10=11 points with a +3 rating and 17 PIM in 40 games with the Ducks this season. Lovejoy ranked second among Anaheim defensemen in hits (99) and fourth in blocked shots (73). Acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Feb. 6, 2013, Lovejoy earned 6-33=39 points with a +30 rating and 85 PIM in 150 career games with the Ducks.Anaheim Brings Back Wisniewski in Trade with Columbus
The Ducks brought back defenseman James Wisniewski in a trade with Columbus that also included Detroit’s third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for left wing Rene Bourque, center William Karlsson and Anaheim’s second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.
"He’s been here before," Murray said. "Our power play has struggled mightily for two years now. Wiz is not afraid to shoot the puck, and that’s a good thing. He’s a good power-play guy. He competes hard. He’s a competitive, competitive guy. Columbus had two or three of those guys out there, and they wanted to move a defenseman. We just waited to see how prices could come down a bit from where they started. We paid a good price. We gave up assets to get Wiz. There’s no doubt about that, but we felt that was a move that had to be made."
Wisniewski, 31 (2/21/84), returns to Anaheim where he played 86 games from 2008-10, collecting 4-37=41 points with 72 penalty minutes (PIM). Wisniewski made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with the Ducks in 2009, posting 1-2=3 points and 10 PIM in 12 games and helping the club to a first-round playoff win over the NHL’s top team in the regular season, the San Jose Sharks.
Selected by Chicago in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Wisniewski has scored 53-216=269 points with 449 PIM in 538 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Ducks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Blue Jackets. The 5-11, 203-pound defenseman has reached the postseason in three of his last six seasons, picking up 1-6=7 points with 27 PIM in 24 games with Anaheim, Montreal and Columbus.
Bourque, 33 (12/10/81), was acquired from Montreal in exchange for Bryan Allen on Nov. 20, 2014. Bourque played 43 games with the Ducks and Canadiens this season, earning 2-8=10 points with 18 PIM. He also appeared in four games with Hamilton of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 2-2=4 points with a +2 rating and four PIM.
Karlsson, 22 (1/8/93), collected 2-1=3 points with a +1 rating and two PIM in 18 games with Anaheim this season. The 6-0, 185-pound center made his NHL debut on Oct. 11 at Detroit and scored his first two NHL goals, including his first career game-winner, on Oct. 13 at Buffalo. Selected by Anaheim in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Karlsson earned 8-16=24 points with two PIM in 37 games for the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).Ducks Acquire C Sgarbossa from Colorado in Exchange for Clark
The Ducks acquired center Michael Sgarbossa from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Mat Clark.
Sgarbossa, 22 (7/25/92), has earned one assist (0-1=1) with 14 penalty minutes (PIM) in nine career NHL games with Colorado. Sgarbossa appeared in three games with the Avalanche this season, recording his first career NHL point on Dec. 4 at Calgary.
A native of Campbellville, Ontario, Sgarbossa collected 4-19=23 points with 35 PIM in 40 games with Lake Erie, Colorado’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Sgarbossa has appeared in three AHL seasons with Lake Erie, posting 28-59=87 points with 162 PIM in 146 career games with Lake Erie. The 5-11, 180-pound center was selected to play in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic and finished his rookie season with 19-25=44 points in 57 games. Prior to joining Lake Erie, Sgarbossa won the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) scoring title with 47-55=102 points in 66 games for Sudbury in 2011-12.
Clark, 24 (10/17/90), appeared in nine career NHL games with Anaheim, earning one assist (0-1=1) with six PIM. Clark made his NHL debut on Apr. 1, 2012 vs. Edmonton and collected his first career NHL point on Nov. 25, 2014 vs. Calgary.
Selected by Anaheim in the second round (37th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Clark scored 5-41=46 points with 376 PIM in 282 career AHL games. The 6-4, 220-pound blueliner also appeared in 10 career Calder Cup Playoff games, earning 1-1=2 points with 13 PIM.
Anaheim Gets Defenseman Holzer from Toronto in Exchange for D Brewer and Fifth-Round Pick
The Ducks ended the day by acquiring defenseman Korbinian Holzer from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer and Anaheim’s fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.
"With Holzer, that was late in the day and another one just to make sure our depth was good enough," Murray said. "We’ve liked Holzer for a while. We’ve fussed around with Toronto about that at different times, so it was a chance to complete that with a right-hand shot. "
Holzer, 27 (2/16/88), has collected 2-7=9 points with 55 penalty minutes (PIM) in 58 career NHL games with Toronto. Holzer has set career highs this season in points (0-6=6), assists and appearances this season, while logging 17:06 time-on-ice. A native of Munich, Germany, Holzer was selected by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft.
Brewer, 35 (4/17/79), combined for 1-5=6 points with 24 PIM in 26 games with the Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning this season. A native of Vernon, British Columbia, Brewer was acquired from Tampa Bay in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 991 career NHL games, scoring 75-191=266 points with 780 PIM.