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Ducks acquire forwards McGinn, Pirri

Anaheim trades draft picks to Buffalo, Florida to add scoring depth

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- For the second year in a row, Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray made some late moves to beat the NHL Trade Deadline.

Murray acquired forwards Jamie McGinn and Brandon Pirri, prospects Corey Tropp and Martin Gernat, and a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Murray said they make the Ducks, who are 22-4-2 since Christmas, deeper and more versatile.

"I'm comfortable with not [messing] up the chemistry too much," Murray said. "I don't think we did too much. I think with both young men we're bringing in (McGinn and Pirri), we did our homework and we did our due diligence. They're very good kids, they get along with everybody, and they're both very excited to be coming here. You can do too much, but I think this works, this fits. It gets us a little deeper on paper and we're very versatile."

McGinn, 27, was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round draft pick conditional Anaheim's results in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If the Ducks reach the Western Conference Final and McGinn plays in at least 50 percent of the games, the pick becomes a second-round selection in 2017.

Murray and his staff knew McGinn was available prior to Buffalo's trip out west last week. The Anaheim scouts followed him for three games when trade talks were heating up. The left wing, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, had 14 goals and 13 assists in 63 games for the Sabres.

"We put the list together, and [McGinn] was very high as far as the type of player that we wanted to get," Murray said. "He proved that when we followed him through the west here last week. He fits with how we play hockey and how we're playing right now. He's somebody that we had talked about and he became available. It took until the last day to get it done."

Pirri, 24, who also can play left wing, will be a restricted free agent after the season. The 24-year-old scored 22 goals last season and 13 this season. The Ducks sent a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to the Florida Panthers.

Pirri has missed six games with an ankle sprain and is on injured reserve. He is ready to skate and will be evaluated when he arrives.

"He was going to start skating today, but he didn't. He's going to skate tomorrow out here," Murray said. "I figured I'd like our doctors and our [physical therapist] to see him first before we get an exact time, but I'd like to think that once you start skating from an ankle sprain you're about a week and a half to two weeks away. But I'll know more when I get our PT and trainers see him tomorrow."

Murray avoided having to give up one of Anaheim's emerging young defensemen -- Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, Shea Theodore and prospect Brandon Montour -- but did say he had several inquiries regarding some of them.

Murray did have to part with forwards Patrick Maroon and Tim Jackman in two minor deals. Maroon was sent to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Gernat and a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Jackman, who has spent most of the season with San Diego of the American Hockey League, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Tropp, a 26-year-old right wing.

"Patty Maroon has come a long way here with this organization with his hard work," Murray said. "First of all, he was a real good guy for us and I thank him for that. I felt there was going to be too many people here and it could have been awkward. I felt it was tough, but now I feel that we're in a real good spot as far as depth and versatility."

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