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NHL Trade Buzz: Cam Fowler likely staying with Ducks

Nothing appears imminent for Anaheim GM Bob Murray with deadline approaching

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are nine days remaining until the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET, March 1). The Anaheim Ducks can't and probably won't be exploring the rental market, opting for a "hockey trade" if anything and a one-time trading chip, defenseman Cam Fowler, is not in play. Also, some thoughts on where the Pittsburgh Penguins might go shopping for help on defense and possibilities for the Edmonton Oilers.

Here's a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:

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John Gibson proving capable of No. 1 job for Ducks

Maturing goaltender earns second shutout in past three starts with win against rival Kings

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter was the king of sarcasm during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The subject was Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson.

"He's the best goalie I've ever seen," Sutter said then. "I can't believe we got one by him tonight."

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Jaromir Jagr not slowing down at 45

Goal against Ducks on Friday latest example of Panthers forward's greatness

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Consider, for a moment, the generational implications.

Jaromir Jagr first played against Dave Manson in the NHL in 1990 when Jagr was a rookie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Manson, a rugged and effective defenseman, was with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Ducks shuffle pieces in Antoine Vermette's absence

Jakob Silfverberg to left wing, more faceoffs for Ryan Kesler during suspension

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Plan B already was taking shape for the Anaheim Ducks at practice on Thursday, hours before official word of center Antoine Vermette's 10-game suspension came down.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle consulted with forward Jakob Silfverberg before practice about the possibility of temporarily moving from right wing to left wing.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Gay couple using Kiss Cam moment to help others

Brad Parr, Andy Evans raise money to fight cancer, will be at Kings' Pride Night on Thursday

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The donation arrived from a man living on the East Coast. His contribution was generous and so were his words after seeing a Kiss Cam video.

"His letter was that his partner of 15 years was diagnosed with a form of leukemia, 'Let's cure cancer with kissing,'" Brad Parr said.

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Trade Deadline primer for Pacific Division

NHL.com assesses team needs, assets, whether GMs are likely to buy, sell or stand pat

by Lisa Dillman @realisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. ET on March 1, and the 30 general managers in the League have until then to decide if they are going to buy, sell or stand pat. NHL.com is taking a division-by-division look at where each team stands with less than a month to go before the deadline.

The San Jose Sharks lead the Pacific Division by two points, and they have been surging of late with two regulation losses in their past 12 games (8-2-2). With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in mind, how much does Sharks general manager Doug Wilson tinker with the supporting cast up front before the NHL Trade Deadline on March 1? And does he stay with rookie goaltender Aaron Dell as the backup to Martin Jones?

The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers are in second and third place, respectively, in the division, and the real suspense could come down to the race for the two wild cards into the playoffs from the Western Conference. The Los Angeles Kings lead the Calgary Flames by one point for the second wild card, and the Vancouver Canucks also are in contention.

Here is a trade deadline primer for the Pacific Division:

NOTE: Salary-cap figures from capfriendly.com 

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Anze Kopitar getting assist from Great One

Surging Kings captain benefiting from friendship with Wayne Gretzky

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Their friendship started on a golf course, where the paths of many NHL players, past and present, often intersect.

Out on the links a couple of years ago with a teammate, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar played 18 holes with Wayne Gretzky. They became friends, and even now, as their relationship continues to grow, Kopitar can't quite get over the fact that he is exchanging messages and playing rounds of golf with the NHL's all-time leader in goals (894) and assists (1,963).

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Patrick Marleau humbled to score 500 NHL goals

Sharks forward credits teammates for helping him achieve milestone

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks were going through a practice early in the 1997-98 season and forward Tony Granato skated over to goaltender Kelly Hrudey and raved about one rookie.

"Tony was a great skater, as you'll remember," Hrudey said. "And Tony said, 'Kelly, that kid is amazing. I can't even keep up with him. I've got to do my very best to try to stay even, at best.' That's how incredible his skating is."

That kid was Patrick Marleau.

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Jeff Carter scores two goals in Kings win

Peter Budaj makes 22 saves against Avalanche for sixth shutout

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Carter scored two goals, and Peter Budaj made 22 saves to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown and Dwight King scored for the Kings (26-21-4), who have won four games in row after losing four straight.

It was Budaj's sixth shutout of the season, tied with Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals for most in the NHL. He has two shutouts in his past three starts, 17 in 308 starts in the League.

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Ryan Kesler of Ducks making case for Selke Trophy

2011 winner excelling defensively, producing offensively for Anaheim

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- When center Ryan Kesler won the Selke Trophy, he was in the middle of his long tenure with the Vancouver Canucks and Randy Carlyle was coaching the Anaheim Ducks … for the first time.

In fact, Kesler's 6-year-old son, Ryker, the trending sensation from the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition, was born during that Selke Trophy-winning season.

In other words, it was a long time ago. At least in hockey terms. 

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